Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The following article, "Genuine solidarity vs. stale promises" was written by Eitan Grossman in July of this year. Grossman is the Isreali Sheikh Solidarity Movement organizer. The follwing statement by Grossman contains an important criteral of the negotations for peace and futher explanations is given in the following article. Enjoy!

"Solidarity is not making a theoretical argument for a two-state solution or for a unilateral declaration of independence. Rather, the struggle is for the recognition and support of the basic right of Palestinians to national self-determination, out of recognition that political independence is not the goal of negotiations, but rather a prerequisite for it. As Nelson Mandela put it, only a free man can negotiate: only when Palestinians and Israelis are free from the occupation will they be able to begin negotiating for peace."

Monday, October 17, 2011

Reading for Wednesday 10/19

I was really confused in class today. What did we decide was the reading for Wednesday?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

PYALARA's video chat!

Hello everyone, my name is Ahmed Hasna and I will be talking to you over a video call tomorrow morning. Please do not mind the incoherent language I am using or punctuation, it’s 1 AM here in Jerusalem!

Every single time Dr. Horowitz invites me to talk about Jerusalem to one of her classes I pause and think to myself: “Where do I start?” Jerusalem in itself whether as a city, a pillar of history –both modern and ancient-, or the mere culture blender, is nothing short of a lifetime of studying and investigation. I am quite sure talking to Salim Tamari gave you a closer look at the social fabric of the city and its historical ties. Born and raised in Jerusalem I guess my role comes in explaining the how-abouts of living in Jerusalem, the day to day experiences we get to “enjoy” (or otherwise) which involves of course the politics of Palestine in the eyes of youth, the opportunities we get or lack thereof in addition to the challenges imposed by various factors onto our lives. Now I know from previous experiences that a video chat would not be enough to convey the complete picture, but I promise to do my best to answer all your questions tomorrow.

In case you haven’t already submitted your questions on the class blog please feel free to e-mail them at ahmedhasna1@gmail.com and I will respond to them ASAP.

Looking forward to “meeting” you all tomorrow.

All the best,