On Thursday, the ISO will be hosting the ‘Never Again for Anyone’ tour at Barnard. (Details below again) The event features Hajo Meyer, a survivor of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, and Hatem Bazian, a Palestinian-American professor at UC Berkeley. They are touring to bring Jews and Muslims together in speaking out against the expulsion of Palestinians from their land and the ongoing oppression they face at the hands of the Israeli and US governments. Professor Bazian will also be speaking about the rise in islamophobia in the US today.
Our tour stop falls on Holocaust Remembrance Day – an important reminder that all those who face and have faced oppression deserve our solidarity. Unfortunately, supporters of the daily violence used by Israel and the US against Palestinians often invoke the Holocaust to justify those actions. As Meyer and others will argue on Thursday, the horrors of the Holocaust should not be used to now justify the ethnic cleansing of another group of people, but should remind us of the importance of struggling against all forms of institutional oppression.
Hope to see you on Thursday – the ISO will have a table outside the meeting – come and introduce yourself!
NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE
NYC Tour Stop
Thursday, January 27th
7:30pm, Barnard College, 304 Barnard Hall
Broadway & 117th St (1 train to 116th St)
During the 2011 international Holocaust Remembrance Day, join Dr. Hajo Meyer in sharing the lesson of his experience in Auschwitz: Never Again for Anyone. Dr. Meyer will be joined by Dr. Hatem Bazian and other social justice and Palestinian activists to discuss the urgency of this message in the US and Canada.
In the face of the on-going ethnic cleansing of Palestine, attacks and persecution of Muslim and Arab communities in the US and Canada, and on-going attacks against the rights of other communities and immigrants, we assert a commitment to collective humanity against the application of “never again” to only a few.
Speakers: Hajo Meyer, Hatem Bazian, Hedy Epstein, Dawud Assad
Cost: $5-$20, No one turned away for lack of funds.
Tour sponsored by: American Muslims for Palestine, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Middle East Children’s Alliance
Local Endorsers: New York City Labor Against the War, Al-Awda NY, Columbia SJP, International Socialist Organization, Siegebusters, Existence is Resistance, CAAAV – Organizing Asian Communities
National Endorsers: US Palestinian Community Network, Sabeel – North America, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Israeli Coalition on House Demolitions – US, Tree of Life, Haymarket Books
For updated information and more tour locations: www.neveragainforanyone.com
Dr. Hajo G. Meyer was born in Bielefeld, Germany, in 1924. In 1939, at the age of 14, he fled alone to Holland to escape the Nazi regime. After the Germans occupied that country, he was captured by the Gestapo in 1944, and survived ten months in Auschwitz. After the war, he studied theoretical physics and became a researcher at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven. He received his Ph.D. in 1956, and in 1974 became managing director of the lab. Retiring in 1984, he became a maker of violins, selling his instruments to professional musicians. He has devoted himself full-time to his work as an activist and essayist.
Dr. Hatem Bazian received his Ph.D in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is a senior lecturer in the departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies. He served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian is a visiting professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California and adviser to the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley as well as Academic Affairs at Zaytuna College of California. Dr. Bazian founded at Berkeley the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamaphobia.