“Time to globalise the intifada?” by Jody McIntyre – 22nd March

Jody McIntyreDate: Monday, 22 March 2010
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Location:
Faculty Room South – David Hume Tower – Edinburgh University

Jody McIntyre is a journalist and activist who has spent the last eight months living with an occupied people in the West Bank and Gaza.

Jody will speak about his experiences – from being evicted with the Hanoun family in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, to six months of participating in the non-violent demonstrations in Bil’in, and witnessing Israeli army’s nightly military raids into village as a response, to marching into the “buffer zone” in the north of the Gaza Strip.

Come and listen to this unique perspective on life under occupation in Palestine and join in a discussion on how we can support the Palestinian non-violent resistance campaign in the UK and why NOW is the time to globalise the Intifada.

Presentation of the talk by the speaker:

From being evicted with the Hanoun family in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, to six months of participating in the non-violent demonstrations in Bil’in, and witnessing Israeli army’s nightly military raids into village as a response, to marching into the “buffer zone” in the north of the Gaza Strip, I have spent the last eight months of my life with an occupied people.

My talk will mainly focus on my experiences from Bil’in, where I reported on the Israeli military’s aggressive suppression of the non-violent Palestinian resistance movement, now spreading across Palestine, and for which the village has become a model.  Bil’in became my home, and for those months living with a young photographer from the village… sleepless nights spent lying awake or chasing soldiers, I will never forget.

After a brief interlude in Egypt, in which I was the only one of 1400 foreigners to make it out of Cairo, followed by beatings from the police in al-Arish, I made it to the Gaza Strip.  There, I witnessed a people living under siege… one year after Israel’s brutal massacre, and ever increasing electricity cuts and food shortages make the situation more desperate than ever.  Living with two young brothers in Gaza City, and participating in non-violent demonstrations near the Beit Hanoun – Erez border, I will give a portrayal of the isolated Strip today.

Will also touch on being attacked in the Guardian, over an article I wrote about Shimon Peres.

I will conclude my talk by giving my own thoughts, and the proposals I have heard in conversations with Palestinian leaders of the non-violent resistance campaign, of how we can support this movement in the UK, and why it is time to globalise the intifada.

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