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For Palestine

STOP THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF PALESTINE

May 31st 2021

Listen to the archive of the talk on Institutional Solidarity hosted by DIWAN together with Disarming Design.

May 27th 2021

Join the students of Disarming Design on a talk about Institutional Solidarity hosted by DIWAN on Friday May 28, 2021 from 18.30 – 20.30 CEST. The event will be moderated by members of DIWAN, PUB radio and Sandberg students.

For this event, we are being hosted by PUB radio, a trans-departmental initiative funded and run by students of the Sandberg Institute. You can listen to the conversations via pub.sandberg.nl. If you want to engage directly with the conversations or ask questions you can join us via Zoom.

May 19th 2021

Statement read at the Kaleidoscope? 3 lecture by Flavia Dzodan and Daniel van der Velden

The momentum which started with social media documentation of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in East Jerusalem (Sheikh Jarrah) has catalyzed a historical moment which is ripe for transformation

For the first time in 73 years of occupation the world is uniting to call Israelis apartheid, settler colonialism, and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians people for what it is.

It is simple, staying neutral in situations of oppression puts you on the side of oppressor. It is the responsibility of every individual who is alive to witness this injustice to speak out in the noble plight of liberating the Palestinian people. As individuals we must pressure and hold institutions accountable to explicitly speak out against the Israeli apartheid and take a hard stance against any individual or company who is in any way invested in the apartheid.

Need I remind you it was the peaceful BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) which succeeded in liberating South Africa from the Apartheid in 1961. An effective method which is now being criminalized by places such as Germany and the US.

The most powerful countries and companies in the world work relentlessly to sheild Israel from all consequences while financially supporting its war crimes.

To the Sandberg Instituut and every other so called Liberal institution: You cannot pontificate about decolonial theory while ignoring the largest contemporary example of colonialization. We will not stand by and watch “decolonization” be reduced to a trend by educational elitism. We are asking you NOW to sit amongst yourselves and release a statement standing against Israelis apartheid, settler colonialism, and ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Not just reposting infographics on Instagram story or cute graphic artworks. MAKE A public commitment against the occupation and post it on social media, share it via email, and actualize anti colonial practices in a tangible way.

Palestine will be free and now is the moment for you to decide which side of history you will be on.

May 17th 2021

OPEN LETTER TO SANDBERG AND RIETVELD

Dear Executive Board of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie,

In light of the current international movement for the liberation of Palestine, and the historical and monumental reclamation of established discourses and narratives, we, the students of the Disarming Design Department at Sandberg Institute, find it immoral that Sandberg and Rietveld have remained publicly silent so far. You claim to teach decolonial theory and yet have failed to take even the smallest of action in solidarity with Palestine.

This year, your lack of action is more problematic than ever, given, as you have stated officially before, our department 'is derived from the long-term collaboration between the Design Department and the design platform ‘Disarming Design from Palestine’, which is committed to design practices that deal with conditions of conflict, oppressive forces and entangled histories.'

We ask you to condemn the settler-colonial genocidal entity that is the "state of Israel", that is committing crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and human rights violations as we speak. There can be no neutral position today. It is very simple. Silence aligns you with the oppressor.

We demand your immediate action through a public statement on all social media platforms and the institutions’ websites at the very least. Decolonial theory is nothing without decolonial practice.

Sincerely,

The students of Disarming Design

Sign the letter here.

Resources

Alternative Media

Rabet IMEU Middle East Eye Eye on Palestine
Electronic Intifada
IJV (Independent Jewish Voices Canada)
Palestinian Youth Movement
Lets Talk Palestine
Documenting Palestine
Visualizing Palestine
Adalah Justice Project
Adalah- The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Canadian Arab Institute
Jewish Voice for Peace
Hidden Palestine
Jadaliyya

Activists and Journalists

Mohammed El Kurd
Alaa Daraghme
Dena Takruri
Noura Erakat
Saleh Zighari
Muna Hawwa
Ala Hamdan
Aya Halaf
Mona El Kurd
Mohammed Matter
Tarek Bakri
Maya Hussein
Salem Barahmeh
Nour Alsaqa
Rabeea Eid
Dalya Al Masri
Shireen Salti
Mariam Barghouti
Ahmad Al-Bazz
Omar Baddar

Resources

Myths from the History of Zionism and Settler Colonialism in Palestine / Ilan Pappé
Memory, Inequality and Power: Palestine and the...
War On Gaza: Europe's Responsibility
Chronicles of a Refugee

Read

The Battle of Sheikh Jarrah by Moe Abu Alqasem
“Justice for Some” by Noura Erakat
“The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” by Illan Pappe
“The Question of Palestine” by Edward Said
“Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media AgeGate of the Sun by Elias Khoury
In Search of Fatima by Ghada Karmi
Return to Haifa by Ghassan Kanafani
Secret Life of Saeed by Emile Habiby
Mizna Free Palestine Issue (Free)
A Day in the Life of Abed Salama (nybooks.com)
Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution | HRW Report
B’Tselem Report on Israeli Apartheid
INTERVIEW: Ilan Pappé: How Israel turned Palestine into the biggest prison on earth by By Mustafa Abu Sneineh (Via Middle East Eye)
Palestinian Refugees Deserve to Return Home. Jews Should Understand. By Peter Beinart ( Via New York Times)
Living the Nakba, over and over by Dima Srouji (Via +972 mag)
Freedom is a constant struggle by Angela Davis
On Palestine - Ilan Pappe and Noam Chomsky
A Collection of texts and books (via Róisín Tapponi)

Donate

Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF)
Emergency Support Campaign for Jerusalem (via Taawon)
Islamic Relief Canada - GAZA APPEAL
Islamic Relief Canada - PALESTINE EMERGENCY APPEAL
Medical Aid For Palestinians UK
MAP Canada
IDRF: Palestine Urgent Appeal
Islamic Relief USA - Gaza Fund Relief