Bergþórugata 20, 101, Reykjavik

Challenges of activists in Israel/Palestine

25th January 2019 @ 17:30 – 19:30

A main goal of settler-colonial regimes is to enclose indigenous communities within Bantustans, walls, barriers, borders and checkpoints, turning them into refugees within their own territory. Various narratives and myths have been used by colonizers to justify taking over the so-called ‘virgin land of wilderness’, at the expense of the native population that has been inhabiting the area for centuries. Ethnic cleansing, genocide and transfer are still a means to an end, while technological advancements have been playing their role in executing such inhumane policies for decades.

Recently (11 January 2019) it was reported that Elbit Systems, which develops high-tech weapons for the Israeli army, sold its SkyStriker lethal drone to Azerbaijan. This state-of-the-art drone carries a 5kg warhead and can fly at a speed of up to 300 knots (555 kmph). Such advance weapons are often used disproportionately by powerful states against stateless groups, with little fear of retribution, and drone-strikes are still justified by politicians in the name of ‘the war on terror’ by arguing that they are both extremely accurate and keep the soldiers safe.

Considering this, what are the challenges that human rights activists are facing in a place like Israel and Palestine? What motivates them? And which lessons may we learn from the successes of the activists of the past, such as the ones who struggled against the apartheid regime in South Africa?

We will watch the first 25 min from the film “five broken cameras” followed by a 20 min talk and then we will open it for a discussion.

The building is currently not wheelchair accessible, unfortunately, but it is our top priority to cultivate a wheelchair accessible space. This is a continuing goal of the organizers of Andrými.

There is a step before the garden gate and then 5 steps leading to the main entrance, each 17 cm high, door widths in the building vary between 50 cm (upstairs washroom door) and 80 cm (entrance door), and the washrooms are so far only on the upper floor and in the basement. The door to the meeting room is 75 cm wide (as most other doors in the building).

Both washrooms in the building are gender neutral.