Groups sponsor anti-occupation week at Brandeis


SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — A Jewish student group is among the sponsors of Israeli Occupation Awareness Week at Brandeis University.

Jewish Voice for Peace is co-hosting four days of speakers and films focusing on what th organization calls the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. The events at the school in Waltham, Mass., a nonsectarian university founded by the American Jewish community, will take place from Nov. 8 to Nov. 11. The other co-host is Students for Justice in Palestine.

Speakers include Noam Chomsky, who will discuss his new book decrying Israel’s policies in Gaza, and Alice Rothchild, who will talk about Jewish support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

In a news release explaining the event — unusual due to its sponsorship by a Jewish group — organizers said they wanted to show that “the student body does not fall lock step in line with AIPAC, the ADL and other un-nuanced approaches to the State of Israel and the Palestinian people.”

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