1st CONFERENCE: Does Judaism Equal Israel ? A Jewish Theologian Speaks Out
Dr. Marc Ellis, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, Baylor University
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 2:30 p.m.
Place: 306 Tier Building, Wednesday, University of Manitoba
Co-sponsored by Global Political Economy, Institute for the Humanities, and Department of Sociology
2nd CONFERENCE: Does Judaism Equal Israel ? A Jewish Theologian Speaks Out
Dr. Marc Ellis, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, Baylor University ,
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Place: Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St.,
Co-sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices, Knox United Church, and United Jewish People’s Order
(January) Israeli peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jeff Halper, who heads the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions, was optimistic about the prospects for a free Palestine.
“I bring you greetings from the critical Israeli peace movement. We had about 10,000 people in the streets of Tel Aviv not long after the beginning of the invasion of Gaza. So, there are people in Israeli, as well, who get it, that are fighting the occupation, who are horrified at the massacres in Gaza, and are raising their voices.
“I think we are making the turn in our struggle. Until now, we were still minority voices. With the invasion of Gaza, Israeli really showed what it is after. It’s not after peace but the invasion of Gaza was really a campaign of pacification to try and pave the way for apartheid – an imposition of an apartheid regime on all of Palestine. And I think now people get it. Not only people on the left, or critical people, but I think the mainstream is starting to get it.
“Millions of people went out all over the world to protest this and still are. I think we have to take heart from that. Sometimes we look at ourselves as small groups of people on s street corner. But we should know that this is becoming a global issue on the scale of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. So, we’re winning, and I think that people are with us and I hope that soon we’re going to see a free Palestine.”
Halper spoke last night to a capacity crowd of 90 people at the Rudolf Rocker Cultural Centre.