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Uri Davis Canadian Lecture Tour


September 13-29, 2004

Detroit - Windsor - London - Toronto - Kingston – Ottawa - Montreal

As part of NCCAR’s Speakers’ Bureau

Organized by:

National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR)
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR)- Southern Ontario Regional Committee
SPHR - Carleton University
SPHR - McGill University
Kingston for Palestinian Human Rights
Near East Cultural Education Foundation (NECEF)
London Canadian Palestinian Association
Palestine House / Toronto
Palestinians and Jews United (PAJU)
Global Peace Coalition


From September 13-29, Dr. Uri Davis will speak at a number of engagements in Ontario and Quebec. Dr. Davis is a distinguished academic and defender of human rights who has written and edited 15 books as well as numerous articles in the field of politics, legal systems and human rights in Israel and Palestine. In his talk, Apartheid Israel and the Jewish National Fund: The story of Amwas, Yalu, Beit Nuba and Canada Park, Dr. Davis will examine how the Jewish National Fund shares a responsibility in funding illegal settlements in the West Bank,Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, and what impact Canada’s policy has in the region.

Dr. Davis will visit Windsor, London, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa and Montreal. The tour is organized by the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights – Southern Ontario Regional Committee, and Kingston for Palestinian Human Rights, Near Eastern Cultural Educational Foundation, Palestine House/Toronto and London Canadian Palestinian Association.

Backgrounder

Uri Davis is a Jewish citizen of Israel, but prefers to describe himself as a Palestinian Jew. He was born in Jerusalem in 1943, when Palestine was still undivided.

His latest book is entitled “Apartheid Israel: Possibilities for the Struggle Within.”

In "Israel: An Apartheid State” (Zed Books, London, 1987; Media Review Network, Pretoria, 2001) analyses Israeli legislation and concludes that Israel is a state that offers first-class rights to only a subset of its citizenry.

In 1995, he published his autobiography entitled “Crossing the Border: an autobiography of an anti-Zionist Palestinian Jew.” He is a founding member of the Movement against Israeli Apartheid in Palestine (MAIAP) and an observer-member with the Palestinian National Council. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, University of Durham.

Dr. Davis is also involved in several other organizations including Al-Beit (the Association for the Defense of Human Rights in Israel).

He offers “a vision of justice: the desire to make a contribution to the removal of institutions of apartheid, colonization, dispossession and occupation imposed by Israel on the native indigenous Palestinian Arab people, and the replacement of these institutions with a better and more just social and political order… based on equality of individual and collective, economic, social, cultural, civil, political and national rights for all.”

Publications

Dr. Davis’s research interests focus on questions of citizenship, democracy and human rights in Israel and Palestine. Some of his publications include:

Documents from Israel (co-ed), Ithaca Press, London 1975; Dissent and Ideology in Israel (co-ed), Ithaca Press, London 1975; Israel and the Palestinians (co-ed), Ithaca Press, London 1975; Israel: Utopia Incorporated, Zed Books, London, 1977; Palestinian Arabs in Israel: Two Case Studies (co- author), Ithaca Press, London 1977; Towards a Socialist Republic of Palestine, Ithaca Press, London and MIFTAH, Kefar Shemaryahu, 1978 (Co-Editor with Fouzi el-Asmar and Naim Khader). Arabic edition MIFTAH, Kefar Shemaryahu, 1978; Debate on Palestine (co-ed), Ithaca Press, London 1981; Golan Heights under Israeli Occupation, Centre for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, University of Durham, 1983; Israel: An Apartheid State, Zed Books, London, 1987; The Jewish National Fund (Associate author), Kegan Paul International, London, 1988; The State of Palestine, Ithaca Press, Reading 1991; Crossing the Border: A Political Autobiography, Books & Books, London, 1995; Citizenship and the State: Comparative Study of Citizenship Legislation in Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, Ithaca Press, Reading, 1997; and Citizenship and the State in the Middle East: Approaches and Applications (co-ed), Syracuse University Press, 2000.

Education

BA      Philosophy and Arabic, Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1968);
MA     Philosophy, Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1971);
MA     Anthropology, New School for Social Research, New York, NY, USA (1973;
PhD    Philosophical Anthropology, New School for Social Research, New York, NY, USA (1976);

Appointments

1999-Present
Consultant to the Adam Smith Institute (London, UK) on the question of the dismantlement of Israeli settlements.
 
1998-1999
Editorial Coordinator with the University of Oslo for Nils Butenschon. Uri Davis and Manuel Hassassian (eds), Citizenship and the State in the Middle East: Approaches and Applications, forthcoming Syracuse University Press, Syracuse NY, 2000.
 
1997-1998
Director of External Relations, Arab Institute for Vocational Completion, Sakhnin.

1985-1997
Director, Jerusalem & Peace Service: alternative tours and consultancy office on the question of Palestine (1985-1991) and Ithaca Press: publishers of books on the Middle East (1989-1991).

1988-1993
Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Politics and Centre for Arab Gulf Studies (CAGS), University of Exeter.

1993-1995
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, University of Durham.

1995-1997
Research Referee, Academic
Programme for the Study of Involuntary Migration (APSIM), Najah National University, Nablus, West Bank.

1973-1985
Research Fellow with the Richardson Institute for Conflict and Peace Research (1973-75); Lecturer (1974-1978) and Research Fellow (1978-1981), School of Peace Studies, University of Bradford; Research Fellow, Centre for Middle East and Islamic Studies, University of Durham (1982); Research fellow, Centre for Arab Gulf Studies, University of Exeter (1982-84); Programme & Research Director, Palestine Studies Trust (1985).


Uri Davis Itinerary

Detroit – 13-15 September, 2004

Activity

Responsibility

Location

Confirmation

Time

Dr. Davis arrives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lecture

 

 

 

Solidarity

 

 

 

Henry Ford Community College

Liberal Arts Building

Room L-14

Confirmed

 

 

 

09/14
12:40-2:00PM

 

 

Lecture

 

 

 

Solidarity

University of Michigan

Angell Hall

Auditorium C

Confirmed

09/14
8:00PM

 

 

 

 

 

  

Windsor – Thursday 16 September, 2004 

Activity

Responsibility

Location

Confirmation

Time

Lecture

Windsor Peace Coalition/ OPIRG Windsor

Rose Room, Vanier Hall,

University of Windsor

 

Confirmed

7:00PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

London – Friday 17 September, 2004

Activity

Responsibility

Location

Confirmation

Time

Lecture

 

 


 

UWO SPHR

 

 

University of Western Ontario (Room 2050 Social Sciences Building)

Confirmed

 

 

 

3:30-6:30PM

 

 

Dinner

 

London Canadian Palestinian Association

Four Points Sheraton Hotel
(Wellington Road south)

Confirmed

7:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 


Toronto – 18-21 September, 2004

Activity

Responsibility

Location

Confirmation

Time

Talk

Palestine House/Toronto

Palestine House

3195 Erindale Station N. Road
 

Confirmed

09/19

7:30PM

Lecture

 

 

 

 

NECEF

Dr. Jim Graff

 

 

 

University of Toronto

Room 001

Emmanuel College on the Victoria College campus
 

Confirmed

 

 

 

09/20 7:30PM

 

 

Lecture SPHR University of Toronto

Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
 

Confirmed 09/21
12:00PM

Lecture

SPHR York

 

York University

Founder's Assembly, Founder's College
 

Confirmed

09/21
5:00PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kingston – Wednesday 22 September, 2004

Activity

Responsibility

Location

Confirmation

Time

Lecture

 

Kingston for Palestinian Human Rights

Queen's University

Chernoff Auditorium
 

Confirmed

7:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ottawa – 23-24, September, 2004  

Activity

Responsibility

Location

Confirmation

Time

Luncheon

 

NCCAR

 

National Press Club

 

Confirmed

 

09/23
12:00PM

Lecture

 

SPHR-Carleton

NCCAR

 

Azraeli Building

Room 101

Carleton University
 

Confirmed

 

09/24
7:00PM

Meeting

FAC-CIDA-IDRC
 

NCCAR-FAC

 

FAC

 

Confirmed

 

9/24
2:00PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montreal – 25-28 September, 2004 

Activity

Responsibility

Location

Confirmation

Time

Lecture

PAJU

Leacock Building, Room 132, McGill University

Confirmed

09/27

7:00PM

Brown Bag Lunch
 

PAJU

Alternatives

Confirmed

9/28
1:30PM

Departure for Israel

 

 

 

09/29

 

 

 

 

 

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