Posted by: gazaandtherightofreturn | March 12, 2009


Ziad’s event at EMU has been cancelled for this tour. We hope apologize for any inconvenience. Thanks for supporting Gaza and Palestine through your interest in learning  connecting Gaza and the Right of Return.

Posted by: gazaandtherightofreturn | March 10, 2009

Ziad Abbas talks about the tour

Posted by: gazaandtherightofreturn | March 9, 2009


Ziad will be at the Brecht Forum instead of Columbia University on Wednesday March 11th.

Brecht Forum (sliding scale $6/10/15)                                                                                                                                                                   451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Streets)

7:30 pm

Donations to MECA welcome!!!

Please pass this onto folks in the NYC area!!!


Posted by: gazaandtherightofreturn | March 8, 2009

WZBC- “This Week in Palestine”–Ziad featur

Sunday, March 8th, 2009, WZBC will welcome Mr. Ziad Abbas as their featured guest.

“This Week in Palestine” is broadcast out of Boston College radio WZBC 90.3 FM every Sunday, from 9:00 am to 9:45 am (Boston time) corresponding to 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm (Palestine time).  The program is part of the Truth and Justice Program aired every Sunday from 6:00 am to 10:00 am (Boston time), corresponding to 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Palestine time).

You can listen to this online. All editions of the program are now being archived on the website:

Posted by: gazaandtherightofreturn | March 8, 2009

Message from DC

Hello Blog managers, this is a little blurb about tonight’s films screening – we had a very small but enthusiastic group.  Two of them are looking into hosting more Palestinian screenings, very exciting …just wanted to get something up there 🙂 The blog looks great by the way – you guys rock!

Washington DC
Tonight there was an education and fund raising event held in DC in preparation for Ziad’s speaking event next Thursday evening at Busboys and Poets.  An enthusiastic crowd of activists watched and discussed the film Occupation 101.  Two of those in attendance committed to hosting further film screenings about the Occupation in an effort to reach more people.  Everyone agreed to invite friends and family to Ziad’s event next week.  Though the group was small they raised around $30 in support of MECA.  The event created a lot of excitement as well as renewed the commitment of those in attendance to the cause.

E. Kenyon

Posted by: gazaandtherightofreturn | March 6, 2009

Listen to Brattleboro WTSA 96.7 FM at NOON today for Ziad’s interview

We had another great event last night at Marlboro College. More than 40 students filled Ragle Hall and asked thoughtful questions concerning political leaders, resistance movements, and a one-state solution.

If you missed his events in the area, you can catch him today on WTSA 96.7 FM at 12 pm. He’ll be interviewed by news director Tim Johnson. Remember you can always donate to MECA online at

Posted by: gazaandtherightofreturn | March 5, 2009

Ziad addresses packed events at SIT Graduate Institute and Keene State

Ziad spoke at both Keene State in Keene, NH and SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT yesterday. Both venues were packed with students and faculty. It was an engaging and enlightening session for everyone. The Q&A session was a particularly fruitful as students engaged with difficult questions and versions of history. It was quite an event for truth-telling in academic institutions. Check out the pictures in the media section!! SIT was able to raise over $40 in donations for MECA. Remember that you can always donate at

Tonight: Ziad speaks at Marlboro College, 7 pm Ragle Hall.
The event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Donations to MECA are accepted!!

Posted by: gazaandtherightofreturn | March 4, 2009

Ziad’s First Stop at Emory University

Ziad’s kicked off his tour in Atlanta. He met with over 55 students, faculty and interested participants during Emory University’s Israeli Apartheid Week.  It was a very successful event! Check back for more updates. His next stop Brattleboro, Vermont!!!

Posted by: gazaandtherightofreturn | February 26, 2009

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites–oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others–work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported.

Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how–through the use of language, framing and context–the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one. The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out Israel’s PR campaign. At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics.

Interviewees include Seth Ackerman, Mjr. Stav Adivi, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Hanan Ashrawi, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Neve Gordon, Toufic Haddad, Sam Husseini, Hussein Ibish, Robert Jensen, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Karen Pfeifer, Alisa Solomon, and Gila Svirsky.

Posted by: gazaandtherightofreturn | February 26, 2009

Learn about the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Occupation 101


A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict — ‘Occupation 101’ presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions.

The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets.

The film covers a wide range of topics — which include — the first wave of Jewish immigration from Europe in the 1880’s, the 1920 tensions, the 1948 war, the 1967 war, the first Intifada of 1987, the Oslo Peace Process, Settlement expansion, the role of the United States Government, the second Intifada of 2000, the separation barrier and the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, as well as many heart wrenching testimonials from victims of this tragedy.

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