Mock Israeli Checkpoint & Un-Euphemizing Palestine

Thursday, 11/18
Two Right to Education Week Events at Columbia University:

Mock Israeli Checkpoint Action, 11:30am

Low Plaza Steps, Columbia University

Columbia University Students for Justice in Palestine (C-SJP) will be constructing a theatrical mock Israeli checkpoint at the Morningside campus on the Low Library steps. This checkpoint will serve as a demonstration of the hardships that Palestinian students face daily while trying to access their schools and homes. This event is part of Right to Education Week (R2E), an international week of action that was called upon from students in Palestine (

Please come show your support and solidarity.

**There will be a counter demonstration and we need as many volunteers/supporters as possible to make this theatrical mock checkpoint successful! We will ask supporters to line up as Palestinians and we will distribute ID cards. We also ask supporters to come as bystanders so we are not overwhelmed with opposition. We hope you can stand with us tomorrow. Please spread the word!

Un-Euphemizing Palestine, 8:30pm

15th Floor SIPA Building, 420 West 118th St
A poetry reading and discussion hosted by award-winning writer Noor Elashi. With journalist Nora Barrows-Friedman and poetry performance by Ismail Khalidi, Tahani Salah, and Dina Omar—the idea was inspired by a quote from Arundhati Roy’s new book, Walking with the Comrades. She writes: “the profound unfathomable thing we have lost. As a writer, a fiction writer, I wonder whether the attempt to always be precise, to try and get it all factually right somehow reduces the epic scale of what is really going on. Does it eventually mask a larger truth? I worry that I am allowing myself to be railroaded into offering prosaic factual precision when maybe what we need is a feral howl or the transformative power and real precision of poetry.” Free grape-leaves (in honor of Ghassan Kanafani) and Debka!

Palestinian teachers hold classes in protest of intrusive searches of children going to school.

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