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November 2016
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Photo Essay: The Olive Tree “The Enemy Soldier”

Friday, November 4, 2016 - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Exhibition: Friday, Nov-4 to Wednesday, Nov-17. War on Olive Trees - A Photo Essay. Palestinian-born artist Rehab Nazzal presents a visual account of Israel's colonial-settler encroachment into the West Bank. It focuses on the confiscation of 3.0 square kilometres, the last remaining agricultural and recreational land of Bethlehem, and the uprooting of its ancient olive trees. The images, captured between August 2015 and June 2016 show what the land has endured from the erection Israel's Apartheid Wall. They also illustrate the continuous decades-long uprooting of millions of olive trees all across the West Bank. The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception.

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Book Launch: Fire Walkers

Saturday, November 5, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Following Ethiopia’s revolution, fourteen-year-old Beth flees Addis Ababa with her family by taxi and then on foot for the Indian Ocean city of Djibouti, and from there as refugees to Canada. Here she describes the harrowing journey across the burning Danakil Desert, in which they are betrayed by their trusted guides and helped by desert nomads.

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Guy Fawkes Night – The Gunpowder Plot of 1605

Saturday, November 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Not just another false flag. It’s one of the most significant False Flag operations of all time. The “Gunpowder Plot” of 1605 continues today to shape our world in part —including in the Middle East. The ongoing mess might be less threatening had not, 411 years ago, a cabal in London called “the war party” engineered the stunning equivalent of 9/11. This laid the foundation for the British Empire and all its imperialist actions.

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Film: The Dupes (1972 and based on Kanafani novella)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Set in 1950s Iraq, The Dupes is a stark, beautifully photographed black and white film tracing the destinies of three Palestinian refugees brought together by dispossession, despair and hope for a better future. They seek to make their way across the border into Kuwait, the "Promised Land," concealed in the steel tank of a truck. One of the first Arab films to address the Palestinian question, the story is based on the 1962 novella "Men in the Sun" by assassinated Palestinian writer, artist and resistance leader, Ghassan Kanafani. Followed by talk on the life and death of Kanafani, assassinated in 1972 in Beirut.

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Palestinian Voices with Robert Massoud

Saturday, November 12, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Robert Massoud, founder of Zatoun and Beit Zatoun. As Beit Zatoun winds down to its final weeks, it is good time to hear about its genesis and the odyssey over a period of 7 years and 1000 events across a diverse range of topics and communities. Palestinian Voices at Beit Zatoun is a platform meant to give voice where many Palestinians may feel they have neither. Robert Massoud is the founder of Zatoun and Beit Zatoun. Followed by discussion and Q&A.

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Free

A North-South Conversation: Voices of Indigenous Peoples

Sunday, November 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Organized by the Ontario Mapuche Support Group and supported by KAIROS this event invites people from Indigenous communities in Canada and Latin America to discuss the plight of indigenous communities fighting multinational extractive mining companies, the harsh conditions surrounding members of the Mapuche people (primarily in Chile) who are active in social protest to defend the environment and their way of life. The event aims to share effective strategies to address these issues and how to build relationships of mutual support and solidarity.

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Film: The Exodus and the Odyssey

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

A story of the Nakba in words and images. The Exodus and the Odyssey is a rare and a hard to find film about a body of artwork created over a 4-year period (1997 to 2000) by the renowned Palestinian artists Ismail Shammout (Lyd 1930-2006) and Tamam El-Akhal (born 1935 in Jaffa). The film is a narrated journey through the collection of nineteen wall murals depicting in chronological sequence the Nakba and aftermath of plight of the Palestinian people. Exquisitely shot showing the great detail it is the perfect illustrated backdrop to the history of Palestine since 1948. Followed by conversation and personal experiences of the Nakba and returning home.

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Visualizing Palestine: Data Visualization and Storytelling

Friday, November 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The final exhibition at Beit Zatoun. Exhibition: Friday, Nov-18 to Wednesday, Nov-30; Reception: Friday, Nov-18 at 7 pm. Visualizing Palestine creates community-empowering visual tools that describe a factual, rights-based narrative about the Palestinian-Israeli issue through data-driven journalism. Visualizing Palestine infographics have been featured in various major media outlets including The Guardian, Huffington Post, Al-Jazeera English. Now based in Toronto.

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Film: Genocide Agenda: The Rohingya

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

al-jazeera film: Genocide Agenda followed by Discussion and Q&A. This event is a Holocaust Education Week event sponsored by UJPO. The United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO) is a leading progressive voice in making secular Jewish life, culture and practices accessible. UJPO embraces justice in all its forms.

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Free

CANCELLED: Art & Activism – An Evening Celebrating Social Change

Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join the celebration for 7th anniversary of a grassroots movement sharing the message of WE ARE ONE. CANCELLED due to illness - apologies for inconvenience - One Fire Movement was founded in 2009 and is an arts based organization that helps promote positivity and awareness via Photography, Video, Music, Clothing and Events in support of Charity organizations. We work with local and international artists to spread the message of “We Are One”. One Fire Movement's mission is to help bring about Global Peace and Unity with awareness through the Arts. We spread the message of "WE ARE ONE" to help motivate and inspire change. We are a global community of compassionate people coming together on a mission to make a difference.

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Our Maleta Journey: Arts & Culture as a Tool For Social Change

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

One of the first exhibitions at Beit Zatoun returns to say goodbye. In October 2010, the first ever Filipino Canadian community based art exhibit in Toronto was held at Beit Zatoun and ran for three weeks. Led by the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario, "Maleta Stories" was a historic exhibit that presented the stories of migration, and the struggles and resistance of a transnational working class community in exposing exploitation under labour program policies in Canada and the Philippines.

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Reel Activism Film: Palestinian Wedding

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Presented by Reel Activism at Beit Zatoun with guest, poet Nyla Matuk reciting from her work. An insight into Palestinian weddings, uniting faiths and communities, and upholding traditions as a form of resistance. Weddings are a cause for celebration everywhere in the world. But for Palestinians, the festivities help to keep valuable traditions alive and provide a way for them to deal with some of the problems of life under Israeli occupation. Despite some differences between Muslim and Christian marriage ceremonies, the family - and extended family - plays a pivotal role across the community in matchmaking, organising the wedding day and honouring age-old Palestinian customs and practice. Film followed by comments, poetry and discussion.

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Book Launch (almost): “I Was a Catholic Zionist”

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Groucho Marx quipped,”Who do you believe me or your eyes.” Ted Schmidt says "I chose to believe my eyes and I saw the the damage Zionism was doing to both Palestinians, Israelis and the Jewish diaspora. I concluded that maybe the biggest occupation in the Holy Land was that of Judaism by Zionism." Ted Schmidt is a retired high school educator who was the first to teach Nazi holocaust studies in Canada.

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Film: On The Side of The Road

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky looks at Israelis' collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees. She follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying uncover their denial of the war that changed the region forever. Tarachansky then turns the camera on herself and travels back to her settlement where that historical erasure gave birth to a new generation, blind and isolated from its surroundings. Attempting to shed a light on the country's biggest taboo, she is met with outrage and violence. Director Lia Tarachansky attending for Q&A.

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$20 - $50

1001 Events at Beit Zatoun – The Goodbye Party

Saturday, November 26, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Beit Zatoun's final party to celebrate a history of great events and conversations in a warm, beautiful and central place which leaves Toronto with a legacy of much sharing, learning and solidarity. Together we created a uniquely interesting and relevant space where ideas, culture and activism converged. Join the Beit Zatoun community for an evening of Middle Eastern sounds and flavours to go along with sharing and warm friendships.

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