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21 March 2018
Australian Friends of Palestine Association
A Week In March
~ How Stephen Hawking supported the Palestinian cause
~ Palestinian students given the opportunity to study at Ivy League Universities
~ Israeli solider unlikely to be charged with murder of Palestinian teen as 'Israel rarely charges for such offenses'
and ICYMI... Reviews for Palestinian plays at Adelaide Fringe through the roof
Stephen Hawking [File: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images]
Stephen Hawking [File: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images]
How Stephen Hawking supported the Palestinian cause
Al Jazeera News, 14 Mar 2018
"Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned scientist who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 76, was known not only for his groundbreaking work but also for his support for Palestine. Hawking, who had motor neurone disease, made headlines in May 2013 when he decided to boycott a high-profile conference in Israel where he was scheduled to speak. The physicist was working at the Cambridge University in the UK at the time."
Read more about Hawking joining the academic boycott of Israel here >>
New programme qualifies Palestine students for Ivy League schools
Al Jazeera News, 13 Mar 2018
"Nora Marzouqa, a 17-year-old Palestinian from Bethlehem, has wanted to study at Harvard University for as long as she can remember...When she reached the tenth grade, aged 14, Nora heard about a new, national, three-year education programme that promised high school students acceptance into top universities in the United States and the UK. The initiative, called Bridge Palestine, is the first programme of its kind in the country. It aims to fill the gaps in the local education system by providing after-school classes designed to train high-potential students to compete for education abroad."
Soldiers Who Killed Unarmed Palestinian Say in Defense: Israel Rarely Charges for Such Offenses
Haaretz, 14 Mar 2018
"The prosecution is negotiating a plea bargain in the case of two former soldiers accused of recklessness and negligence in the shooting death of a Palestinian teenager in 2013. The men were serving in the Armored Corps at the time, one as a squad commander and the other as a member of the squad, when they shot and killed 16-year-old Samir Awad. The lawyers for the two men argued that convicting the soldiers would be a selective enforcement of the law, since it is rare for an indictment to be brought against Israel Defense Force soldiers who shoot and kill Palestinians."
And in case you missed it...
The Daily Review, 17 March 2018
AZZA: "The azza is the Palestinian mourning ceremony but, in the ShiberHur Theatre Company’s excellent production, it is very far from doleful. Invigorated by Amir Nizar Zuabi’s warm, well-judged text, azza is, as funeral organisers like to say, a celebration of life."
TAHA: "Amer Hlehel’s play fully encompasses the geopolitics of his country, but the central theme is one of resilience and unshakable optimism. There is a sensuous joy in his larger-than-life character. As in Azza, the writing is sometimes fabulist, it is shaping a legend. But the particulars are familiar, everyday details. Taha is a true poet. Tastes, smells, sounds envelope him like blessings. Every moment is savoured, every obstacle and grief is countenanced and somehow overcome."

See also Theatre Reviews by AFOPA Executive Member, Dr David Faber >>

* AFOPA thanks those members and friends who joined us at the Palestine Centre last Friday to provide a warm welcome to Adelaide for Amir, Amer and their colleagues.
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