Chanukah Actions: Standing Against Islamophobia

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 Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland invites you to join us in Chanukah events to stand against Islamophobia and racism and to rekindle our commitment to justice.  
We will be holding two events— All are invited to join us for one or both of these on the 7th and 8th nights of Chanukah:
We will be holding nine signs, which, together, are in the shape of a Chanukah menorah. Each sign contains an injustice that we recommit ourselves to challenging. Each night of Chanukah, Jews and others in different cities will hold up these signs and read aloud each commitment in a public space. On the eighth and last night of Chanukah, all our cities will join in as we rekindle our commitments to justice from city to city, from community to community, and from strength to strength.
Some of those commitments include:
  • Refusing to be silent about anti-Muslim and racist hate speech and hate crimes; 
  • Condemning state surveillance of the Muslim community;
  • Challenging institutionalized racism and state-sanctioned anti-Black violence;
  •   Protesting the use of Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism to justify Israel’s repressive policies against Palestinians;
  •  Welcoming Syrian refugees and standing strong for immigrants’ and refugee rights.

Bring your menorah and candles, and clothes to keep you warm and dry!

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Screening of On the Side of the Road with filmmaker Lia Tarachansky

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You are cordially invited to a screening the film On the Side of the Road with JVP-PDX at Reed College.
This event will be held from 5-7pm on Saturday, November 1st in room Bio19 in the Biology Building near SE 36th and Woodstock. The filmmaker Lia Tarachansky will join us for Q&A after the screeneing.

A brief description of the film:

Three years after the Holocaust the Middle East was changed forever when in the midst of war, Israel declared independence. Two-thirds of the Palestinians became refugees, to this day they await their return in camps all over the Arab world. Their villages destroyed and homes appropriated, the nascent Jewish state arose on their lands. But it was not the houses, it was the very memory of this national trauma that was itself erased, leaving eerie remnants on the side of the road...

In this groundbreaking documentary, Israeli journalist and former settler Lia Tarachansky sheds light on the collective amnesia of Israelis when it comes to the fateful events of those years. While the government attempts to silence this history, illegalizing commemorating it in public spheres, Lia follows the transformation of 1948 veterans as they uncover within themselves decades of buried memories of atrocities committee. In a film built on the concept of return, Lia then turns the camera on herself as she returns to her settlement, discovering a legacy of erasure in a new generation of Israelis and Palestinians. Fortified by walls and fences, they are blind and isolated from each other. In this daring film about the power of collective denial, Taranchasky tackles the country's biggest taboo, even in the face of outrage and violence.

Lia Tarachansky  is a Jaffa-based filmmaker and the Israel/Palestine correspondent for The Real News Network (TRNN), where she produces short, documentary-style reports exploring the context behind the news.

A link to the official film trailer can be found at

Judith Butler: What is the Value of Palestinian Lives?

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Watching this event online:

The Palestine Center website is at:  

Click on “Home” at the top of the page. A link on the right-hand side of the home page below a calendar allows you to click to “Watch our Live Webcast” during the time of the lecture.

The 2014 Edward Said Memorial Lecture 

"What is the value of Palestinian lives?" 
Dr. Judith Butler
Maxine Elliot Professor of 
Comparative Literature & Critical Theory
University of California, Berkeley 
Monday, 13 October 2014 
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Dr. Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature and Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of numerous books includingGender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of IdentityThe Psychic Life of Power: Theories of SubjectionExcitable Speech and Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning, among many others. Her most recent book is Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (2012). She is also active in gender and sexual politics, human rights and anti-war politics, serving on the advisory council of Jewish Voice for Peace and the International Board of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, as well as being a vocal supporter of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement. She is presently the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities and is the 2012 recipient of the Adorno Prize in Germany.

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JVP-Portland member Maxine Fookson was recently in Gaza with Physicians for Social Responsibility. Read her blog here.

JVP-Portland member Maxine Fookson and Mohammed Nabil co-host One Land Many Voices on community radio KBOO. For more info, click here.


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