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April 2017

Thank you! Beit Zatoun is Closed

Saturday, April 1 - Thursday, June 1

Thank you for creating community and history on our own terms. After 7 glorious years of being home to an ever-growing community of people seeking to expand consciousness and cooperation on questions of social justice, human rights and liberation struggles for all, Beit Zatoun held its last event on Wednesday, Nov-30. Thank you for your enthusiasm for Beit Zatoun and support for community. This is not an ending, it is a beginning of a new consciousness for a justice community in Toronto.

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Where to buy Zatoun in Downtown Toronto

Saturday, April 1 - Thursday, June 1

Thank you for supporting Beit Zatoun by purchasing Zatoun and it was greatly appreciated and helped pay the rent. With the holidays and gift-giving and beyond, Downtown Toronto is well served by stores offering Zatoun (oil and za'atar). Please support these fine, progressive and independent shops. Click event to see list of eight nearby stores.

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Beit Zatoun “Together Wall”

Saturday, April 1 - Thursday, June 29

Enjoy the "Together Wall" - Beit Zatoun is now an empty building - a shell for something that many experienced as alive and exciting. However sad, we remain grateful and could not have wished for better home. The best thing now is to keep its memory and legacy so that it can inspire new initiatives and people to a vision of possibility for future spaces and mandates. The Together Wall was proposed as a fun and lasting way to memorialize the contribution made and the lived togetherness. This photo was graciously taken by Bryan T and is offered here with animage zoom capability to read the individual messages. Enjoy and be moved to start something new.

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$5

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) L

Tuesday, April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St. Stephen-In-The-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave
Toronto, M5T 2N8
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Open Stage of Poetry and Music. Doors open: 6:15 pm ; Sign-up for the open mic: 6:30 pm; Start: 7 pm The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto. At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen – we actively invite it. Each month, Shab-e She’r brings voices from a broad range of poetic styles, ethnicities, nationalities, religions. Featured poets: Diana Manole & Anuj Rastogi. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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Free

Book Launch: Washington’s Long War on Syria

Thursday, April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St. (south of Bloor)
Toronto,
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In Washington's Long War on Syria Stephen Gowans examines the decades-long struggle for control of Syria. This struggle involved secular Arab nationalism, political Islam, and United States imperialism, the self-proclaimed Den of Arabism, and last secular pan-Arabist state in the region. Washington had waged long wars on the leaders of the Arab nationalist movement. These included Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser, Iraq's Saddam Hussein, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, and Syria's Assads. To do so, the US often allied with particularly violent forms of political Islam to undermine its Arab nationalist foes. By 2011, only one pan-Arabist state remained in the region—Syria.

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May 2017

Double Exposure: Art and Activism

Tuesday, May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St. (south of Bloor)
Toronto,
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The co-editors of the recent groundbreaking anthology Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas, will talk about their journey putting together this volume of seven plays that tackle the Palestine-Israel conflict. Written by Jewish and Palestinian playwrights in diaspora it offers perspectives that turn the political into the personal. The evening will include readings from their plays Tales of a City by the Sea by Samah Sabawi and Sperm Count by Stephen Orlov followed by a conversation about the role and power of art in activism and then open to Q&A.

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$15

Play: Two Birds One Stone

Wednesday, May 3 - Saturday, May 13
BMO Incubator for Live Arts, 1115 Queen Street West
Toronto,
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Rimah Jabr and Natasha Greenblatt meet in Toronto. Rimah was born a Palestinian Muslim. Natasha was born a Jewish Canadian. This is probably just an ordinary meeting between two women. But have they seen each other before? And do they both have a connection to the same house in Israel? Two Birds One Stone is a Fictional Documentary that investigates two women’s histories and the forces that push them through time and across continents to find each other. What is the truth about the stories we tell, and what do we wish would become fiction?

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$5

Book Discussion: Returning to Haifa by Ghassan Kanafani

Friday, May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
St. Stephen-In-The-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave
Toronto, M5T 2N8
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Presented by Librarians and Archivists for Palestine's (LAP) “One Book, Many Communities” campaign is designed to introduce readers to the richness of Palestinian literature, and create a broader awareness and understanding of Palestinian history and the struggle for self-determination. Returning to Haifa (1969), tells the story of Said and Safeyya, who fled their home in Haifa during the 1948 Nakba. Twenty years later when the Mandelbaum Gate is opened they return to Haifa, “to see” as they tell themselves. Read book in advance and come prepared to share.

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$35

Dance: Palestinian Portraits by Zaytouna Dabke

Sunday, May 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Meadowvale Theatre, 6315 Montevideo Rd
Mississauga,
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Creative and talented students showcase a number of Palestinian dabkas and folk stories that have lived on through the years. Complementing this great event, a guest appearances by talented professional groups: Al-Asala Dabke Group and A'idoon Dabkeh. Meadowvale Theatre: 6315 Montevideo Rd, Mississauga (Hwy 401 & Mississauga Rd exit)

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$25

Evening with Prof. Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine

Wednesday, May 10 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Toronto Lawyers’ Association Lounge, 361 University Ave., (Armoury St. Entrance)
Toronto,
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In March 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Michael Lynk as the 7th "Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967." Professor Lynk will be discussing his recently released report that examines the role and challenges faced by human rights defenders in Palestine and Israel. Michael Lynk is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, the University of Western Ontario. He joined the Faculty in 1999, and has taught labour, human rights, constitutional and administrative law.

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TPFF Annual Nakba Commemoration 2017

Monday, May 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place
Toronto,
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Details of TPFF annual Nakba commemoration event will be announced shortly. Please save the date.

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