Being a Bedouin in a Jewish State
7 p.m. on Sunday, April 26
Vancouver Quaker Meetinghouse
West 70th Ave and Osler (1 west of Oak)
Admission by donation
The Bedouin village of al-Arakib has been demolished 80+ times by the Israeli authorities. Since the 1970s, the government has been attempting to relocate the residents of this and other “unrecognized” villages in the Negev /Naqab area of the country’s south to seven “planned towns” against their will. The Jewish National Fund wants to plant trees where homes once stood.
In the “planned towns,” these Bedouin – citizens of the State of Israel all, and many of whom serve voluntarily in the Israeli armed forces – are forced to give up their traditional lifestyle and to serve as cheap, seasonal labour for neighbouring Jewish communities, since their towns have no economic infrastructure of their own. . . . .
Amos Gvirtz is a Jewish citizen of Israel and a member of The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality, made up of Palestinian and Jewish Israelis who advocate for Bedouin rights (dukium.org). Gvirtz will speak about the plight of these most vulnerable citizens of Israel and describe the achievements of – as well as difficulties faced by – the human rights and peace organizations in Israel that are attempting to prevent their dispossession. He will also examine the nonviolent approach to opposing human rights abuses and the occupation itself – and the risks that the occupation poses to Israel’s future.
A life-long pacifist and long-time nonviolent activist, Amos is also the author of a series of weekly email bulletins and an upcoming book (in Hebrew and English), both entitled “Don’t Say We Did Not Know,” shedding light on unpublicized incidents of human rights abuse and government actions adversely affecting Bedouin and other Palestinian communities in Palestine and Israel.
The growing list of local cosponsors currently includes: Canadian Boat to Gaza, Canada-Palestine Association, Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace, Independent Jewish Voices – Vancouver, InterSpiritual Centre of Vancouver, Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, Vancouver and District Labour Council, Vancouver Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Building Bridges Vancouver
For further information or to enquire about becoming a local cosponsoring group, please contact: