Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
This event will take place in English with translation offered live on zoom. With support from Academics for Palestine at Concordia and Independent Jewish Voices in Canada. Access the event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89269165479
Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Territories, Palestine.
Emmanuel Dror, BDS France working group on the cultural boycott campaign
Mostafa Henaway, Labour for Palestine + Academics for Palestine, Concordia University
Jessie Stein, Musicians for Palestine
A representative from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)
Moderated by Stefan Christoff, host of Free City Radio, CKUT 90.3fm
This event takes place as part of a series of webinars hosted by Alternatives that focus on human rights around the world, the corresponding social movements which are struggling for justice and the ways that activist movements connect on local and global levels. This international conference will focus on highlighting many layers of political engagement with the growing global movement in solidarity with Palestinian human rights.
Specifically this event takes place within the context of the devastating human rights abuses and war crimes that were central to the Israeli military attack on Gaza in May 2021, and the corresponding wave of international solidarity actions with the Palestinian people around the world. This event will specifically highlight the efforts of human rights advocates around the world to speak out about the systemic injustice in occupied Palestine as part of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that targets the Israeli government.
Speaker bios :
– Michael Lynk is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. He joined the Faculty in 1999, and has taught courses in labour, human rights, disability, constitutional and administrative law. He served as Associate Dean of the Faculty between 2008-11. Professor Lynk is the co-author, with Michael Mac Neil and Peter Engelmann, of Trade Union Law in Canada (Thompson Reuters). He is the co-editor, with John Craig, of Globalization and the Future of Labour Law (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and the co-editor, with Susan Akram, Michael Dumper and Iain Scobbie, of International Law and the Middle East Conflict (Routledge, 2011). He is a contributing author to Employment Law in Canada (4th ed.), with Peter Barnacle as a principal revising author. He has served as a labour arbitrator since 2000. Since 2007, he has been a vice-chair and arbitrator with the Ontario Grievance Settlement Board. In January 2015, Professor Lynk was named to the Mayor of London’s Honours List for his work on humanitarian issues. In March 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Lynk as Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967 for a six-year term. In his capacity, he delivers regular reports to the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council on human rights trends in the OPT.
– Emmanuel Dror is a biophysicist, member of the International commission of the Union syndicale Solidaires and of the Campagne BDS France where he works on campaigns related to unions, the academia and cultural issues. He is the author of the article « Seventy years of songs for Palestine » and of the blog « Entre les oreilles » where he combines his passions for music and politics
– Mostafa Henaway is a longtime community organizer at the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal. Mostafa has also been a long-time solidarity activist for Palestinian self-determination with Tadamon (Solidarity in Arabic) which organizes to build active support for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign. He was a member of the International Solidarity Movement in 2004. He Has also been involved in Labour 4 Palestine and is active with Academics 4 Palestine at Concordia University
– Jessie Stein is a musician and geographer living and working in Montréal and New York. She is a member of The Luyas, a signatory of the Musicians for Palestine initiative, and a Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center.