Saturday, 27 August
Counter-event and conference on Palestine
Sunday, 28 August
De Wette Park
Mohammed Khatib of Samidoun will be speaking at this important event to confront the 125th anniversary of the Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland.
Expect lectures and discussions on the topics: History of Zionism and Anti-Zionism, Apartheid, Western Complicity, Palestinian Resistance, and revolutionary Perspectives for the Liberation of Palestine.
Online speakers: Noura Erakat (Professor of Law, Rutgers University), Ilan Pappe (Professor of Palestine Studies, University of Oxford)
On site: Mohammed Khatib, Samidoun; Wieland Hoban, Judische Stimme; Jodie Jones, Palestine Action.
Call to action:
Bring your palestinian flag – no other national flags allowed!
**On August 28 and 29, the 125th anniversary of the First Zionist Congress will take place in Basel. High-ranking politicians, including the president of the Israeli aprtheid-regime, are expected to attend. But this is no reason to celebrate!
Zionism was inherently conquest oriented from the moment of its birth and is the ideological basis behind the ethnic cleansing and forced expulsion of over 750 000 Palestinians during the Nakba in 1948 and the near-total destruction of Palestinian society in 1948.The roots of the Nakba lie back in the First Zionist Congress held in Basel 1897.
But the Nakba never ended!
Today there are over 600 military checkpoints, more than 250 illegal settlements. Whether they live in Gaza, East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank or on the rest of historic Palestine, Palestinians are treated as an inferior racial group and systematically deprived of their rights, including the right to return to their homeland.
Consequently our opposition is no part towards jewish people, but to this ideology which legitimizes the oppression of the Palestinians.
We condemn the holding of this celebration. We condemn Switzerland and the city of Basel for celebrating an oppressive state and its racist colonialist ideology.
We, the Palestinians living in Switzerland and we, the supporters of the Palestinians call on the city of Basel to stop hosting the Zionist Congress and to acknowledge its responsibility for the establishment of the Israeli aprtheid-regime on stolen Palestinian land.
We invite everyone to come and show their solidarity with the people of Palestine!**