[Marxism] Stanford SJP shuts down Palestinian refugee event, falsely blames it on Alison Weir
amithrgupta at gmail.com
Sat Apr 9 19:51:01 MDT 2016
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.
On Sat, Apr 9, 2016 at 8:00 PM, A.R. G <amithrgupta at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> 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:
> 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
> 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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