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Organizational Profile and Activism Record

2001-2002


February 2001: Presentation at the Wisconsin Interfaith Community Center

St Benedict Center, Madison, Wisconsin

"Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and Outlook For the Future"

Presenter: Nasser Abufarha


March 2001: Presentation at the Conference for Palestine

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

"The Palestinian Right of Return: Feasible and Necessary for Peace"

Presenter: Nasser Abufarha


June 2001: Presentation at The Madison Kiwana’s Club Luncheon

Madison, Wisconsin

"Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and Outlook For the Future"

Presenter: Nasser Abufarha


June 2001: Published Article in Capital Times Newspaper

Madison, Wisconsin

‘Birds Labor Mirrors Palestinian Struggle’

Author: Nasser Abufarha

(This article was posted on the Alternative Palestinian Agenda web-site)


September 2001: Teach-in at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Response to 9/11

Madison, Wisconsin

Topics Covered:

Clash of Civilizations v Clash of Definitions

Islamic Fundamentalism and Prospects for Democracy in the Middle East

The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Presenter: Nasser Abufarha


October 2001: Teach-in at the Menonite Church

Madison, Wisconsin

‘Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict’

Presenter: Nasser Abufarha



November 2001: Presentation in Political Science Seminar – Edgewood College

Madison, Wisconsin

‘The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict’

Presenter: Nasser Abufarha


March 2002: Fundraiser for the Alternative Palestinian Agenda

Café Sham, Madison, Wisconsin

Attendance: This event was attended by well over 50 people. Traditional Palestinian food and entertainment provided.


March 15th 2002: Rally – End the Occupation – Free Palestine

Library Mall, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Event Sponsors:

Alternative Palestinian Agenda along with Supporting Organizations

Speakers:

Mohammed Abed – Alternative Palestinian Agenda

Nasser Abufarha – Madison Palestinian Community

Esty Dinur – Jews for Equal Justice

Rabbi Brian Field – Madison Reconstructionist Synagogue

MC: Bina Ahmad

Attendance: This rally was attended by well over 150 people


April 2002: Alternative Palestinian Agenda and University of Wisconsin International Students Office Host Palestinian Cultural Night on UW Campus

Madison, Wisconsin

Additional Event Sponsor: Al-Awda: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition

Presentation of Live Palestinian Folk Dancing by ‘Rajaeen’ Debka Troup

Cultural Exhibits

Traditional Palestinian Food

Historical Overview of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Presenter: Mr. Nasser Abufarha

Attendance: This event was attended by well over 200 people


April 2002 Mass Rally and Demonstration Against Israeli Invasion of the West Bank

Library Mall, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Event Sponsors:

    Alternative Palestinian Agenda along with Supporting Organizations

Speakers:

Nasser Abufarha: Madison Palestinian Community

Mohammed Abed: Alternative Palestinian Agenda

Christa Bruhn: University of Wisconsin Graduate Student

Allen Ruff: Jews for Equal Justice

Bilal Hamdan: Muslim Students Association

Virginia Ravenscroft-Scott: Madison Area Peace Coalition

Sarah Kaiksow: Al-Awda – The Palestine Right to Return Coalition

MC: Bina Ahmad and Yusra Kharbush

Attendance: This rally was attended by well over 400 people. There were speeches in Library Mall, and then a march to the Wisconsin State Capitol down State Street. The remaining speeches were delivered at the Capitol.


April 2002: Panel Discussion on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict at Chadbourne Residence Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

Panelists:

Mohammed Abed: Alternative Palestinian Agenda & Al-Awda - The Palestine Right to Return Coalition

Dr. Jon Graubart: Jewish Voices Against the Occupation

Representative from MADPAC - Madison-Israel Public Affairs Committee

Jaclyn Marks - Hamagshimim

Moderator: Professor Joe Elder, Sociology and Integrated Liberal Studies

This event was attended by well over 150 people


April 2002: Televised Panel Discussion of Israeli Invasion of the West Bank and the Stand-off in Jenin - Wisconsin Public Television

Madison, Wisconsin

Panelists:

Mohammed Abed: Alternative Palestinian Agenda & Al-Awda - The Palestine Right To Return Coalition

Ben Specter: MADPAC - Madison-Israel Public Affairs Committee

Channa Camins – Jewish Voices Against the Occupation


April 2002: Teach-in and Film Showing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

"Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict"

Presenter: Mohammed Abed

Film Showing: "The Gaza Strip" A Film by the American Film Maker James Longley

Discussion: Questions were directed to James Longley and Mohammed Abed


May 2002: Forum on the Alternative Palestinian Agenda Peace Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

Presentation of the Peace Initiative by Nasser Abufarha

Respondents:

Dr. Jonathan Graubart – International Law and Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Bruce Sapoznik – Jewish Nationalism, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Mohammed Doughla – Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Moderated by Professor Art Glenburg, Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Media Coverage of the Alternative Palestinian Agenda Peace Initiative

    April 2002: The Wisconsin State Journal: Published an Article by Nasser Abufarha and Professor Art Glenburg. The Article Outlined the Proposal and drew Attention to the May Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

    May 2002: Badger Herald: Published an Article on the May 3rd Forum Discussion of the Alternative Palestinian Agenda Peace Initiative

    May 2002: The Wisconsin State Journal: Published an Article Profiling the Alternative Palestinian Agenda. Included was an Outline of the Proposal, an Interview with Nasser Abufarha and Professor Art Glenburg, and the Opinions of University of Wisconsin Faculty and Students

    May 2002: The Daily Cardinal: Published an Article on the Forum to Discuss the Alternative Palestinian Agenda Peace Initiative


May 2002: Radio Presentation and Discussion of ‘Al-Nakba’ – 54 Years of Palestinian Dispossession 1948-2002

Madison, Wisconsin

This One Hour Radio Program was Hosted by Allen Ruff on WORT 89.9 FM Madison Community Radio. Ruff Interviewed Nasser Abufarha and Mohammed Abed on the Palestinian Dispossession of 1948. The Program Included Fielding Questions from Callers for Half an Hour


May 2002: Al-Nakba – 54th Commemoration

Café Sham, Madison, Wisconsin

Commemorated 54th Anniversary of the Palestinian Dispossession by Presenting Personal Stories of Palestinians who Lived the Events of 1948.

Speakers:

George Shalabi from Haifa

Badia Najem from Nazareth

AbuWasim El Samouje from Safad

Moderator: Mohammed Abed


June 2002: Presentation to University of Wisconsin Dissertators Group

Madison, Wisconsin

"Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict"

"Outlook for the Future: The Alternative Palestinian Agenda Peace Initiative"

Presenters: Nasser Abufarha and Mohammed Abed

Discussion Participant: Sarah Kaiksow


June 2002: Presentation to Shabbaz High School

Madison, Wisconsin

"Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict"

"Occupation 101: 35 Years of Israel’s Illegal Occupation of the Palestinian Territories"

Presenters: Mohammed Abed & Dr. Jonathan Graubart, International Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Jewish Voices Against the Occupation


June 2002: Presentation to ‘Asian Freedom Project’ at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

"Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict"

"Occupation 101: 35 Years of Israel’s Illegal Occupation of the Palestinian Territories"

Presenters: Sarah Kaiksow, Mohammed Abed and Channa Camins


June 2002: Radio Presentation and Discussion of the Alternative Palestinian Agenda Peace Initiative on Wisconsin Public Radio – 90.7FM

Madison, Wisconsin

This was a one hour long talk show on the ‘ideas network’ hosted by Jean Feraka. Nasser Abufarha presented the main concepts behind the APA peace initiative for half an hour, and this was followed by a half hour call in and discussion. The full transcript of the interview is posted on the APA web-site.

Presenter: Nasser Abufarha


June 2002: Presentation to Sauk City Rotary Club

Sauk City, Wisconsin

"Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and Outlook for the Future"

Presenter: Mohammed Abed


July 2002: Presentation of the Alternative Palestinian Agenda Peace Initiative

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

‘An Alternative Vision in Palestine-Israel: The APA Peace Initiative’

Presenter: Nasser Abufarha

This event was sponsored by Peace Action Milwaukee. After the presentation of the APA peace initiative, Cindy Levitte (Chair, Not In My Name) presented a response to, and commentary on the APA initiative. The event was attended by over 120 people.

 

Saturday, November 2: Nasser Abufarha, "Peaceful Resolution in Palestine/Israel" Madison Area Peace Coalition conference at University of Wisconsin at Madison

New Prospects for Resolution in Palestine/Israel Lecture Series

The Alternative Palestinian Agenda, along with various departments (Middle East Studies Program, Global Studies Program, Department of History, Department of African Languages and Literature, and New Haven Center) at the University of Wisconsin at Madison will be sponsoring a lecture series on New Prospects for Resolution in Palestine / Israel. The series will be held in October and November of 2002 at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Speakers will include Said Zeedani, Professor Jeff Halper, Dr. As'ad Ghanem, and Professor Elan Pappé

Friday, November 15, 7 pm, Room 3560 Humanities, Said Zeedani, a UW alumnus and Professor of Philosophy at Bir Zeit University who is director of the Independent Palestinian Commission for the Protection of Citizens' Rights.

Tuesday, November 19, 7 PM: Room 272 Bascom Hall, As'ad Ghanem, professor of sociology at University of Haifa Historical Roots and Contemporary Debate of Binationalism in Palestine and Israel.

Wednesday, November 20, 7 pm, Room 272 Bascom Hall, Dr. Mandouh Al Aker, medical doctor in Gaza and Ramallah and member of the Palestinian delegation to Madrid Peace Conference in 1991.

Tuesday, November 26, at 7 pm, Room B10 Ingraham Hall, "The History of Partitian and Separation in Palestine", Ilan Pappe, senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Haifa University and Founder and Director of the Institute for Peace Research in Israel; author, co-author or editor of more than ten books focusing on the history of Israel and Palestine.

Thursday, December 5, 7 pm, Room 272 Bascom Hall, Jeff Halper, an anthropologist at Ben Gurion University and founder of ICAHD, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

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Palestine Exile and Diaspora Lecture Series

Monday November 18, 7 pm Room 272 Basom Hall UW Madison, Ghada Karmi book presentation and signing, In Search of Fatima. To learn more about Karmi and her new book click here

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Palestinians in Israel Lecture Series

The Alternative Palestinian Agenda is sponsoring a lecture series on the situation of the Palestinians in Israel, the 1948 Palestinians or "Israeli Arabs"

November 21 at 7PM, Room 272 Bascom Hall, UW Madison

Professor Ismael Abu Saad, will present a session titeled "Indigenous People, Palestinian Bedouins Under Israel. Abu Saad is founder of the Bedouin Research and Development Center at Ben Gurion University, and professor of education

Khulood Badawi, will present a session on the situation of Palestinian students in Israeli universities. Badawi is the Chair of the Committee of Arabs Students at Israeli Universities, and

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Reception

Friday, November 22: Delegation of Palestinian leaders will be hosted by Madison community at the ballroom of the Concourse Hotel. (1 West Dayton Street, Madison, Wisconsin)

Join us to welcome our special guests from Palestine

Speakers include:

Said Zeedani, Ramallah
Mandouh Al Aker, Ramallah
As'ad Ghanem, Haifa
Naseer Aruri, USA
Karma Nabulsi, London
Abla Abu Ulbah, Jordan

Poetry reading and photo presentation by
Alan Pogue, author and photographer of The Layers of our Seeing in collaboration with Susan Bright and Muna Hamzeh

Book presentation on Palestinian diaspora by
Ghada Karmi, London, author of In Search of Fatima

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served

Ticket price: $50 donation ($25 students)
For more information call (608) 831-0707 or write mail@ap-agenda.org

 

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