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May 2017
$5

Book Discussion: Returning to Haifa by Ghassan Kanafani

Friday, May 5, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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$10

The Rise of Fascism: Israel in the Age of Trump

Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UJPO/Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Avenue
Toronto, M6A 2X9
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In 1995, renowned Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco published an historic article in the NY Review of Books. As a child growing up in fascist Italy, Eco outlined the fourteen features of what he called Ur-Fascism, or Eternal Fascism. These are warning signs for any society slipping down the oft-invisible slope towards totalitarianism. Israeli journalist-filmmaker Lia Tarachansky uses Eco's framework to show how these alarming trends are pulling her society down the slippery slope of Ur-Fascism, while also highlighting those who continue to fight to democratize Israel/Palestine.

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TPFF Annual Nakba Commemoration 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place
Toronto,
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This free event will spotlight the life and works of renowned Palestinian painter Ismail Shammout (1930-2006) and Tamam El-Akhal, with a screening of the documentary The Exodus and Odyssey, accompanied by an art exhibition of Shammout's & El Akhal's famed murals. The Exodus and the Odyssey is a series of artwork created by the renowned artists Ismail Shammout and Tamam El-Akhal over a 4-year period. The collection of the 19 wall murals tells the story of the Nakba in 1948 to the second intifada.

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$5

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LI

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 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:Catherine Hernandez & Allan Briesmaster. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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August 2017
fundraising

Run for Palestine – 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, 2001 Lake Shore Blvd W (at High Park)
Toronto,
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THIS SUNDAY - Run, Jog, Walk. Recovering Well-Being of Gaza’s Children. In 2017, the Run for Palestine team hopes to raise $35,000 to provide essential psycho-social support for Gaza’s children. Following the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza, Islamic Relief began a ten year intervention program to provide integrated psycho-social support for Gaza’s children, many of whom suffer from a myriad of psychological problems. The program is currently operating in its third year and working with 40 schools and 11 Community Based Organizations. Together, We can make an Impact

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November 2017
$5

What hath Balfour wrought?* Answered by a Palestinian human rights lawyer

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friends House, 60 Lowther at Bedford/Bloor
Toronto,
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A century ago this month, Arthur Balfour and the British government working with early Zionists laid the seeds of much of what unsettles the world today. Almost biblical* in the scale of devastation of lands and people, the Balfour Declaration needs to be understood not just for its genesis but more importantly for where it has brought us. Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian lawyer answers the question from a legal and human rights perspective.

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$5

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) 5th anniversary

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 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: Jacob McArthur Mooney and Ifrah Hussain. Featured musicians: Daniel Robinson and Yvonne Choi. Host: Bänoo Zan

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$10 - $15

50 Years and Counting: Legality of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine – James Graff Memorial Lecture

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Emmanuel College, Victoria College Chapel, 91 Charles St. West + Google Map

Speaking on the night of the 70th anniversary of the UN Partition Plan for Palestine (resolution 181). November 29 is also the annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Canadia Friends of Sabeel and the Continuing Education Department of Emmanuel College in Toronto. Michael Lynk is the current UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine.

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$10

A Vision for One-State in Israel-Palestine

Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UJPO/Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Avenue
Toronto, M6A 2X9
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What happens when everyone realizes the elusive two-state solution is truly dead and buried? An invitation to Jewish communities in Toronto/GTA, and others, to join an important conversation with Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian lawyer and a visionary of what is possible in an area that seems so impossibly without hope.

What might a one-state look like? What would be required from the Israeli Jews, Palestinians living in Israel, the occupied Palestinians and the world community. What is the role of Diaspora Jews and Palestinian refugees?

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January 2018
Free

Alternative Shabbes and Potluck: Kairos Blanket Exercise

Friday, January 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
UJPO/Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Avenue
Toronto, M6A 2X9
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The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples — which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop.

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Treyf in Toronto: Workshop on Anti-Semitism

Sunday, January 28 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UJPO/Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Avenue
Toronto, M6A 2X9
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Join a workshop on Anti-Semitism facilitated by Sam Bick and David Zinman of the TREYF Podcast who will lead a discussion on today’s dominant framework for understanding Anti-Semitism in North America. Together we will discuss the failures of this framework and how to work toward better understandings of the ways anti-Jewish marginalization intersects and interacts with other systems of oppression.

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$5

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LIX

Tuesday, January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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: Canisia Lubrin and David C. Brydges. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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$5

Book Launch: The Canada-Israel Nexus

Wednesday, January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St. (south of Bloor)
Toronto,
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Canadian journalist Eric Walberg's latest book, The Canada-Israel Nexus is a close examination of the long history and parallels between the two state entities. A central argument is that Israel recapitulates Canada's colonial heritage, telescoping 300 plus years into 70 years, with important differences and lessons for both. Followed by Q&A conversation.

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