Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Palestine and the Middle East @ Marxism 2015


Dear friends,
in case you had not heard, Marxism 2015 which is being held over the Easter Weekend (2-5 April) in Melbourn, has a fantastic line up of international and local speakers speaking on Palestine.

In addition to these speakers, there are also a range of other international speakers speaking on social justice campaigns and struggles from around the world, including radical artist and member of the Black Panther's Emory Douglas; Irish activist and one of the organisers of the civil rights march attacked by the British in 1972 (Bloody Sunday), Eammon McCann; American anti-racism activist and Palestine solidarity activist, Khury Petersen-Smith will be speaking on the Ferguson/Black Lives Matter campaign.

Local speakers include Aboriginal historian and activist, Gary Foley; Aboriginal activist Marjorie Thorpe on Aboriginal Fitzroy; Aboriginal activist Kylie Sambo on the struggle against nuclear dumping in the Northern Territory, Sam Watson on Aboriginal resistance, Aboriginal LGBTI activist and dancer Noel Tovey, Aboriginal artist Richard Bell and Meriki Onus, co-founder of Warriors for Aboriginal Resistance. 

Other local speakers include award winning journalist and editor of New Matilda, Chris Graham; former editor of Overland and left-wing writer, Jeff Sparrow; radical historian Janey Stone.

To check out the full list of international and local speakers, please CLICK HERE. 
To buy your tickets for Marxism 2015, please CLICK HERE
In solidarity, Kim



Ayman Qwaider, a 27-year-old Palestinian, grew up in the Burij refugee camp, in the Gaza Strip. He has experienced first hand the violence of Israeli occupation, having lived through Operation Cast Lead whilst a student at the Islamic University in Gaza in 2008/2009.

After working for two years as an international humanitarian aid worker, Ayman left Gaza for Spain, in 2010, to take up a scholarship to complete his master’s degree in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies. In Europe, he was involved with various Palestinian solidarity projects. He now lives in Perth, Western Australia, where he and his wife, Sameeha, continue to campaign for justice for Palestine. 

For more information on when Ayman while be speaking, please CLICK HERE.


Marxism 2015 is lucky to host world-renowned journalist Amira Hass, pro-Palestinian journalist and author from Israel. 

Hass lives in Ramallah in the West Bank, where she covers Palestinian affairs for the Israeli daily newspaper Ha’aretz, making her the only Jewish Israeli correspondent on Palestinian affairs to live among the people about whom she reports. Hass writes insightful columns about the daily lives and hardships of Palestinians. 

The child of Holocaust survivors, Hass was born in Jerusalem in 1956 and studied history in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. After working as a teacher, she started her career in journalism in 1989 as a staff editor at Ha’aretz and began writing about the Palestinian Territories in 1991, undaunted by danger and criticism from both Israelis and Palestinians. She moved to Gaza in December 1993 after the signing of the Israeli-Palestinian agreements and settled in Ramallah in the West Bank in 1997.

For details of when Amira will be speaking, please CLICK HERE


Nadia Abu-Shanab is the young Co-Chair and former Coordinator of Aotearoa (NZ) based direct action and welfare rights advocacy group, Auckland Action Against Poverty. The anti-capitalist group was formed to expose and oppose the New Zealand government's agenda of brutal welfare reforms and austerity attacks on the country’s poorest communities. 

Abu-Shanab has mobilised alongside others as part of the growing organisation committed to working in the interests of beneficiaries, low paid workers, students and others who are being exploited, excluded and demonised by a rotten system. 

She is a Palestinian, an educator and a unionist. She has been immersed and active in the politics of Palestinian self-determination as long as she can remember.

For more details when Nadia will be speaking, please CLICK HERE



A World Not Ours

A festival favourite with critics and audiences all over the world, A World Not Ours is an intimate, humorous portrait of three generations in exile in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein el-Helweh in southern Lebanon. Based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives, and historical footage, the film is a sensitive and illuminating study of belonging, friendship and family.

Filmed over more than 20 years by multiple generations of the same family, A World Not Ours is more than just a family portrait; it is an attempt to record what is being forgotten, and mark what should not be erased from collective memory.

To check out the rest of the films being shown as part of RADICAL REELS, please CLICK HERE.




Anand Gopal has served as an Afghanistan correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor, and has reported on the Middle East and South Asia for Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic,Foreign Policy, and other publications. 

He is the author of the 'No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes.’ The book is a Finalist for the prestigious National Book Awards, and has been widely reviewed including by the New York Times and the New York Review of Books.

To check out when Anand will be speaking, please CLICK HERE

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