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Oct 17, 2016 at 03:04 PM

Over the next six weeks, Fraser Valley residents will have the opportunity to learn more about the Israel – Palestine conflict thanks to four events at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Abbotsford campus. The events are sponsored by the Political Science Department and are free and open to the public.

  1. The critically acclaimed documentary, “Occupation 101: Voices of the Silent Majority,” will screen on October 19 at 3:00 p.m. in Room B101.
  2. On November 2 at 3:00 p.m. in Room B121, fourth-year political science major Coulter Louwerse will give a talk on “Current Palestinian Realities.” Louwerse spent a month in the region in 2015, travelling independently and as part of a peacemaking delegation.
  3. “The Iron Wall,” a Palestinian documentary about Israel’s controversial separation wall, will screen on November 16, 3:00 p.m. in Room B121.
  4. A day-long event is also being planned for November 26.

A time for discussion will follow each event.

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Toward the Establishment of a Palestinian Civil Society Defragmentation Strategy

Final Statement of the Palestinian Civil Society Conference,
Cyprus, 16–18 October 2007

As part of the effort by the Palestinian civil society organizations to overcome the state of forced Palestinian fragmentation and consolidate the national role of the Palestinian NGOs in all their places of residence, a conference titled "Toward the Establishment of a Palestinian Civil Society Defragmentation Strategy" was held in Agros, Cyprus, between 16 and 18 October 2007 at the initiative of Ittijah-The Union of Arab Community Based Associations. Forty-four participants representing a broad sector of Palestinian civil society networks, coalitions, and associations in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Kuwait, in addition to a number of international partner organizations supporting Palestinian rights, attended the conference. The Israeli occupation authorities banned the travel of a delegation representing civil society organizations in Gaza.

The conference discussed a number of issues, notably: The Palestinian situation and Palestinian, regional, and international developments, including the Annapolis conference; the collective Palestinian strategy against the forced fragmentation; the endeavors to rebuild terms of reference and assert the constant Palestinian principles; the strategy of collective Palestinian advocacy; Palestinian media strategies; and local and international coordination on the Palestinian question.

The participants in the conference set bases that would help strengthen the overall Palestinian struggle for liberation in all its contexts: the occupation, the displacement and uprooting, and the assault on Palestinian existence in the 1948 areas.

A draft of a collective organizational structure and an action plan were also devised, and a follow-up committee to implement this plan and lead the agreed process was set up.

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