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Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French... What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct.


Mahatma Gandhi

Editorial, The Harijan, 26-11-1938

Founding Member of USCACBI, Marcy Newman to Speak on Feb. 7 in Bangalore


Invites you to a talk on: "Separate and Unequal: On Coexistence"
Speaker: Dr. Marcy Newman
Teacher, Writer, Activist

Date & Time: Thursday, 7th February 2013;
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore 12

All are cordially invited

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 pm

Abstract: Many people who become interested in peace between Palestinians and Israelis often turn to concepts of or projects engaging with coexistence. Coexistence projects often take the form of Palestinian and Israeli children gathering together at summer camp, often far away from home, in an effort to bridge the divide. Films, novels, songs, and poetry also engage with this topic in a way that expresses the desire to create a utopian society in which everyone is equal. In this talk Marcy Newman will critique these models arguing that coexistence projects normalize relationships that should be thought of as intrinsically abnormal. In Palestine, coexistence it is a way to minimize resistance and control Palestinian discourse and the historical narrative, particularly since the first intifada in 1987. Analyzing three documentaries about coexistence including Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg, and Carlos Bolado's Promises, Mark Landsman's Peace of Mind, and Marjan Safinia's Seeds, and Paul Smaczny’s Knowledge is the Beginning, she explores some of the key ways that Palestinians are pushed into further submission through normalization programs. Newman argues that coexistence is certainly the ideal for proponents of a one-state solution, but prior to a just solution for Palestinians such schemes merely maintain the status quo of Israeli colonial domination over Palestinians.

About the Speaker: Marcy Newman is a teacher, writer, and activist. She is the author of The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans: Addressing Pedagogical Strategies and a founding member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

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