AUFree Palestine voku

Thursday 22 February 2024, AUFree Palestine voku. Food served from 7pm, no reservation.

AUFree Palestine is doing a Voku to raise funds for Palestine actions! As AUFree Palestine continues our actions we need more and more resources, which means we are in need of some moneyyyyy. That’s where you can help! We will cook you some cheap and delicious (vegan) food, which we then eat together in Volkskeuken Vegazulu, which is located at Joe’s Garage. Let’s surround ourselves with good food, each other, and in solidarity with Palestine 🇵🇸🇵🇸 It will be a nice evening at Joe’s garage. You’re welcome to drop by from 7PM but it’s first come first serve, so be quick. See you there!! 🍉

AUFree Palestine is a student-led movement dedicated to civil disobedience, radical education, and community mobilisation in support of Palestine. We stand actively opposed to the Zionist genocide of and apartheid against the Palestinian people. Our manifestations also seek to hold to account the complicity of Amsterdam University College and its parent universities, UvA and the VU, in this genocide. These academic institutions refuse to speak out and actively suppress the protests, voices, and experiences of students who take a stand against this open aggression on Palestine.

Their silence does not speak for us: the students of this university stand united against the violence of ongoing occupation and settler colonialism. By gathering and organising actions, we indicate the hypocrisy of an educational institution that claims neutrality amidst genocide while we study decoloniality in its classrooms. We refuse to be silent while the institutions that represent us suppress pro-Palestinian expression, maintain ties to “Israeli” institutions, and collaborate with and abet Zionist violence.

AUFP – AUFree Palestine […Lees verder]

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Nakba film

Sunday 10 December 2023, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Nakba film * free screening * doors open at 8pm * intro & film start at 8.30

At the beginning of this flick, the director comes across a man who tells the story of a secret that everyone else denies and says is a fabrication. But as audio tapes and photographs are taken out of cardboard boxes, the horrible truth of what happened in the village is reconstructed. Additional archival film material, including unused news material that was shot by the BBC, is also brought in to help uncover the tragedy.

Now a cosy gentrified place, the very name of the town becomes tainted, the place feels like a horror story. This is a dynamite documentary that almost feels like a detective story at times, and one that is absolutely crucial to understand current events today. Besides laying out historical events, we are set on a course to wonder at the power of collective amnesia, or rather the forced-amnesia of an entire population. So in that light, although the film is about Israel in 1948, it could also be applicable to many places around the world. For example, it’s similar to how people in America treat their history of the Native American Indians, or the dropping of atomic bombs on civilian targets in Japan. And since we are living in Holland, I would extend that also to how Jews were treated here during World War II when 82% of the Jewish population were sent to death camps, and yet Holland only likes to talk about its almost nonexistent “resistance movement”.

Events are not isolated. History is always contextual or not at all. One has to always look at the bigger picture and not simply emotionally respond to a single incident, otherwise it makes no sense. So in order to understand something that burst out two months ago in Israel and Palestine, you have to also take into account an incident that happened in 1948. Today, as Gaza shifts from an “open air concentration camp” to a death camp, it’s important to understand what kick-started the problem. In 1948 Israel waged its ‘war of independence’, which meant hundreds of Palestinian villages were destroyed to make room for the new state of Israel. This film examines one small village – – and uses it as a microcosm for a larger tragedy that happened all across Palestine known as “Al Nakba” – the disaster. The film also explores why recognition of the “Nakba” is taboo in Israeli society. And before we jump to any conclusions, let’s keep in mind that the director of this film is Israeli.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to screen a movie, let us know: joe [at] lists [dot] squat [dot] net

Fedayin: The Struggle of Georges Abdallah (Vacarmes, 2020)

Sunday 3rd December 2023, Movie night – Fedayin: The Struggle of Georges Abdallah (Vacarmes, 2020). 81 min. Documentary with English subtitles. Doors open at 20:00, intro & film start at 20:30.

Fedayin: The Struggle of Georges Abdallah traces the course of an indefatigable Arab Communist and fighter for Palestine. From the Palestinian refugee camps that shaped his conscience to international mobilizations for his release, we will explore the situation of one of the longest-held political prisoners in Europe.

Synopsis: For over 35 years, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah has been imprisoned. A Lebanese communist engaged in resistance alongside Palestinian fighters, he has been imprisoned by the French judicial system and successive governments since 1984. Beyond the judicial harassment to which he has been subjected, this documentary film will trace the political course of Georges Abdallah and seeks to show how his ideas and struggle are still vital and necessary.

This film about the critically important case of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah includes interviews with Samidoun international coordinator Charlotte Kates, Samidoun Europe coordinator Mohammed Khatib, Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat coordinator Khaled Barakat and many others, including Robert and Maurice Abdallah (Georges’ brothers), Jean-Louis Chalanset (Georges’ lawyer), Suzanne le Manceau (co-founder of the Collectif pour la Libération de Georges Ibrahim Abdallah (CLGIA)), Bertrand Sassoye (former political prisoner) and Jean-Marc Rouillan (former political prisoner).

The film takes us to Lebanon, to the Palestinian refugee camps, where he forged himself politically. We follow his engagement in the Palestinian resistance and against the Israeli occupation with the FARL (Lebanese Revolutionary Armed Fractions), a commitment that will take him to France in the 1980s, where he will be sentenced for complicity in murder. Through a series of interviews (in France, Lebanon, Belgium and Germany), we go to meet his family, his lawyer, his supporters, his friends and people who have rubbed shoulders with him. With them, we trace a life of resistance to imperialism and Zionist occupation.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to screen a movie, let us know: joe [at] lists [dot] squat [dot] net

Radical Sunday School: Germany, Europe and Anti-Antisemitism, Or: why you are not supposed to criticise Israel

Sunday 3 December 2023, Radical Sunday School: Germany, Europe and Anti-Antisemitism, Or: why you are not supposed to criticise Israel, from 18:00 till 20:00.

Why is it so difficult to criticise Israel in Europe even as the country’s government is conducting genocide? In this session, we are going to look at how Germany in particular, but colonial Europe more generally, require Israel to justify their ideological hegemony. How is the Holocaust and the subsequent founding of Israel, declaration of human rights, etc. used to silence Europe’s (post and neo) colonial responsibility? How can Europe – as it so often does – present itself as the bearer of human rights and dignity as it funds yet another genocide?

Sharing experiences is highly welcome; Islamophobia, Antisemitism, and any other racisms are not.
If you’d like to get involved at RSS, collaborate with us as a collective, or propose a topic for a meeting, mail us at radicalsundayschool [at] proton [dot] me […Lees verder]

Palestinian movie night: Homage by Assassination (Elia Suleiman, 1992), Aisheen, Still Alive in Gaza (Nicolas Wadimoff, 2010)

Sunday 5 november 3023, Palestinian movie night: Homage by Assassination (Elia Suleiman, 1992), Aisheen, Still Alive in Gaza (Nicolas Wadimoff, 2010). Free admission. Doors opens at 20:00, films start at 20:30

Homage by Assassination – Short film by Elia Suleiman – 1992 – 23 minutes – Arabic with English subtitles
A Palestinian filmmaker is writing a script in his New York apartment during the first Gulf war. As much as he tries to shut himself off from the exterior world, images of past wars in the Middle East come back to haunt him.

Aisheen, Still alive in Gaza – Documentary by Nicolas Wadimoff – 86 minutes – 2010 – Arabic with English subtitles
Synopsis: « Where is the ghost town? », asks the little boy to the theme park attendant. « It’s there, right there. But it has been bombed… Do you want to see it? » It is with these words that the film, « Aisheen», begins – an impressionist journey through a devastated Gaza after the war. And the ghost town? Gaza is the ghost town.
Clowns that try to make children forget the bombing, armed with rubber balloons; a beached whale, “as big as a building” that feeds the fantasy; a scrawny, stuffed lion, bizarrely hanging in a cage at a zoo as if it were a trophy. A woman, at the side of the road, who has already been waiting for three weeks for a petrol delivery…
“Aisheen” (Still alive in Gaza) tells the story about the wait after the disaster. The wait for a better future inside the biggest prison in the world.
Through encounters in these otherwise ordinary places (but places that, here, take on another meaning), the film portrays a different Gaza. Poetic, surreal at times. “Aisheen” is a tribute to life…

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to screen a movie, let us know: joe [at] lists [dot] squat [dot] net

Jaffa, the Orange’s Clockwork (Eyal Sivan, 2009)

Sunday 27 March 2022, Movie night: Jaffa, the Orange’s Clockwork (Eyal Sivan, 2009), 86 minutes, English subtitles. Doors open at 20:00, Film starts at 20:30.

In deconstructing the world famous ‘Jaffa oranges’ brand and probing its iconographic history director, Eyal Sivan delves into orientalist fantasies of the Holy Land and the Zionist promise of a “desert” that colonists would be bringing to “bloom”. Sivan uses photographic and filmic archives, poems and paintings, to narrate the history that goes back to a once economically thriving Arab Jaffa, whose prolific and profit-generating orange groves attracted local and neighboring labor in droves for picking, packaging and export. After the Nakba and the expulsion of the Palestinian population, the Israeli state rebranded ‘Jaffa’ as a symbol of an Arab-free Israel. Sivan interviews historians, political analysts and workers, retracing how an orange harvest, once the site of a cooperation, transformed gradually into a symbol of the escalating conflict and war.

Eyal Sivan, is a documentary filmmaker and theoretician based in Paris. Born in 1964 in Haifa Israel and grow up in Jerusalem. After exercising as a professional photographer in Tel-Aviv, he leaves Israel in 1985 and settled in Paris. Since he is sharing is time between Europe and Israel. Known for his controversial films, Sivan directed more than 10 worldwide awarded political documentaries and produced many others. His cinematographic body of work was shown and awarded various prizes in prestigious festivals. Beside worldwide theatrical releases and TV broadcasts, Sivan’s films are regularly exhibit in major art shows around the world. He publishes and lectures on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, documentary filmmaking and ethics, political crimes and representation, political use of memory, genocide and representation, etc.
Presently Sivan in an Honorary Fellow at Univerty of Exeter UK, he is teaching at the Master in Film at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam and he is member of the editorial board of the Paris based publishing house La Fabrique Editions.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to screen a movie, let us know: joe [at] lists [dot] squat [dot] net

Movie night: Life According to Agfa (Assi Dayan, 1993)

Sunday 20 February 2022, Movie night: Life According to Agfa (Hebrew: החיים על פי אגפא) by Assi Dayan, 1993, 100 minutes. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Doors open at 19:30, Film starts at 20:00.

Life According to Agfa is a Israeli psychological-social drama film written and directed by Assi Dayan and produced by Rafi Bukai and Yoram Kislev. The film revolves around one night in a small Tel Aviv pub whose employees and patrons represent a microcosm of Israeli society – men and women, Jews and Arabs, Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews, kibbutzniks and city-dwellers.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to screen a movie, let us know: joe [at] lists [dot] squat [dot] net

It Must Be Heaven (Elia Suleiman, 2019)

Sunday 31 october 2021, It Must Be Heaven (Elia Suleiman, 2019) 97 minutes, with English subtitles. Free admission. Doors open at 20:00, film starts at 20:30

The film, which stars Suleiman, follows him as he goes from Paris to New York in a semi-autobiographical tale of a Palestinian man seeking a new homeland, only to find similarities with his homeland wherever he goes.
The jury (from the Cannes film festival) said in a statement: “In a subtle, stylistically strong and humorous way, this film tells a story that goes beyond politics, religions, authorities and cultural differences. Even though those differences are observed with a sharp eye for the absurd that slides through hypocrisy and are delivered with great cinematic and often surprising choreographies.”

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to screen a movie, let us know: joe [at] lists [dot] squat [dot] net