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Teach-In on Israel: Bastion of Enlightenment…or Enforcer for Imperialism?
Date Tuesday October 26
Time 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Details
Ida Sproul Room
International House, UC Berkeley
2299 Piedmont, Berkeley, CA 94720
Event Type Teach-In
Organizer/AuthorRevolution Books
Emailrevolutionbooks [at]
Address2425 Channing Way(off of Telegraph Avenue)
Israel - Bastion of Enlightenment… or Enforcer for Imperialism?

LARRY EVEREST, writer for Revolution newspaper and author of Oil, Power & Empire
HERTHA SWEET WONG, UCB Professor & participant in the Gaza Freedom Movement
JON PETERSON, psychiatrist & participant in the Gaza Freedom Movement

The state of Israel is projected to the world as an outpost of democracy and tolerance in a sea of hostile, intolerant Islam bent on its destruction. To be considered a credible mainstream voice in U.S. politics, academia, or the media, one must present Israel as a front line of defense against Jihad, and a critical fortress defending "our way of life."

But what is the actual history of Israel, and what is its strategic relationship with the U.S.? What is life like under Israeli occupation? Does the Holocaust justify the creation of the state of Israel? Why were powerful forces mobilized to halt the UCB divestment campaign?

Answering these questions is not about "competing narratives"—the question here is what is true... and what is just. This teach-in will examine the history of Israel and the actual dynamics that have led to today's situation.

Revolution Books recommends people check out the special issue of Revolution newspaper on Israel, which paints a vivid and rigorously documented picture of Israel ’s crimes against the Palestinians, Israel’s role around the world, and the danger of war with Iran, speaking directly and honestly to peoples’ toughest questions.

Added to the calendar on Tuesday Oct 19th, 2010 10:36 AM

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