Nahla Abdo, Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University
Mark Ayyash, Associate Professor, Sociology, Mount Royal University
Chandni Desai, Assistant Professor, Equity Studies, University of Toronto
Rinaldo Walcott, Professor, Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto
Himani Bannerji, Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar, Department of Sociology, York University
For over 73 years Palestinians have been engaged in the struggle for liberation against Zionist settler colonialism, apartheid, occupation, and Israel’s carceral regime. In the sixties as Palestinians began their global offensive at achieving liberation, they forged solidarities with various struggles across the Americas, Asia, and Africa, particularly with the South African anti-apartheid movement. In their continued principled international solidarity with anti-colonial and anti-racist feminist queer movements in the present, Palestinians have been joining their sisters and brothers from the Movement for Black Lives and Indigenous struggles from Turtle Island to Mauna a Wākea; standing with their righteous struggle for justice, abolition, decolonization, and self-determination. This panel discussion focuses on the current struggle of the Palestinian people against Israel Settler Colonial Apartheid. As Palestine’s global importance is increasing, the panel will also highlight the significance of transnational solidarity in the fight for justice and liberation. Some of the questions the speakers will address include: How was Israel created and with what price, specifically to the Palestinians? Why is Canada, including its universities and the media, continue to support settler colonial Israel and ignore the plight of the Palestinians? How can we in the global North best support the Palestinians struggle for freedom, justice, and dignity? How can we strengthen ties of solidarity across movements in the present?