[Marxism] Stanford SJP shuts down Palestinian refugee event, falsely blames it on Alison Weir

A.R. G amithrgupta at gmail.com
Sat Apr 9 19:51:01 MDT 2016

Quick correction.

From: Alison Weir
Date: Sat, Apr 9, 2016 at 9:46 PM
I just want to correct one phrase on [your] marxmail
<http://www.marxmail.org/msg137943.html> post: "Alison Weir had nothing to
do with the event and apparently showed up to hand out flyers for her

Actually, Paul [one of the tour organizers] had specifically requested that
I come to the event to listen to Amena's talk, so I dropped some projects I
was working on and rode down with them; I didn't just show up.
Second, I didn't hand out flyers.

The day before we had talked about the importance of having written
materials at the talks, so it was arranged that IAK would supply these --
particularly, the Synopsis flyer, Origins booklet, Right of Return booklet,
map cards, etc. When we got to Stanford these materials were placed on a
table at the back along with some of my books, whose sale would have
benefited the tour. When they objected to the books these were removed.

- Amith

On Sat, Apr 9, 2016 at 8:00 PM, A.R. G <amithrgupta at gmail.com> wrote:

> https://www.facebook.com/StanfordSJP/posts/1015517068540461
> SJP shut down an event featuring an 85-year-old Nakba Survivor, one of two
> people who have spent their entire lives in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Now
> they are claiming -- falsely -- because Alison Weir (remember her
> <https://louisproyect.org/2015/06/25/the-jewish-voice-for-peace-attack-on-alison-weir-jvp-loses-its-balance-2/>?)
> was in the audience.
> Stanford SJP is lying. It had nothing to do with Alison Weir and
> everything to do with the fact that one of the speakers wanted to question
> Israel's right to exist as a regime:
> http://freepalestinemovement.org/2016/04/07/why-was-the-nakba-tour-canceled-at-stanford/
> Alison Weir had nothing to do with the event and apparently showed up to
> hand out flyers for her website. One of the SJPers criticized Alison,
> claiming that the issue was Alison's refusal to respect Israel's "right to
> exist" as a regime. The Palestinian speaker, Amena Ashkar, agreed with
> Alison's view on this matter, but was told by organizers that she was not
> allowed to voice her opinion. The speaker, being a principled person,
> refused to give the talk if her feelings about the colonial regime that
> dispossessed her were going to be censored from the discussion. So the
> organizers decided to cancel the entire event.
> Their own explanation doesn't even make sense. If the problem was Alison
> Weir or her flyers they could have simply removed the materials (and Alison
> as well), and in fact it appears they had done that just. Instead they
> cancelled the entire event, and that is because they did not want Amena's
> views to be expressed.
> It is beyond despicable that Stanford SJP would go to this length to
> cancel a talk by two Palestinian refugees who have spent their lives in a
> refugee camp, unlike the privileged brats who organized -- and then
> cancelled -- this talk. That includes an 85-year-old Nakba survivor. But
> now they want to rationalize their disgusting behavior by drudging up
> rumors and innuendo about some white lady who was in the audience and her
> pamphlets?
> Stanford SJP owes their guests -- and the rest of us -- an apology. I am
> currently speaking to some of the national tour organizers about putting
> out a public statement where Amena can express the ideas Stanford SJP
> denied her the opportunity to speak at Stanford, and calling on Stanford
> SJP to retract this ridiculous explanation and show some accountability for
> what they just did.

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