Estee Chandler • Lulu Hammad • Craig Willse
Sunday, 13 October, 2 p.m.
This panel will focus on Palestine as a US racial justice issue, discussing some of the most dangerous places where the regimes of Trump and Netanyahu converge:
- In exchange programs that bring together police, ICE, border patrol, and FBI from the US with soldiers, police, border agents, etc. from Israel to share “worst practices” promote and extend discriminatory and repressive policing in both countries. These include extrajudicial executions, shoot-to-kill policies, police murders, racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance, deportation and detention, and attacks on human rights defenders.
- In response to the growing movement for Palestinian freedom, over 100 measures targeting boycotts and other advocacy for Palestinian rights have been introduced in state and local legislatures and the U.S. Congress since 2014. As of April 10, 2019, 27 states have adopted anti-boycott laws, including 5 executive orders issued by governors. Flagging potential constitutional violations, federal courts have already stopped two states from enforcing these laws. Additionally, lawmakers in Kansas and Arizona have opted to change the laws to avoid the litigation.
- Who benefits from these policies: Military/Defense Industry Contractors, Ideological Israel Lobby Organizations, Far Right Wing Israeli Government
Estee Chandler is a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Board of Directors. In 2010 she founded the Los Angeles chapter of JVP, a national organization promoting solutions based on human rights and international law for both Palestinians and Jewish Israelis that works in broad coalition with other like-minded organizations. Along with Nagwa Ibrahim, Estee hosts and produces KPFK’s long running radio show, Middle East in Focus.
Lulu Hammad is a Palestinian American human rights activist. She’s the co-leader of Indivisible OC48 and the cofounder of Adalah-NY: The Campaign to Boycott Israel. Lubna is based in Orange County and focuses her work on the intersectionality of the struggles against racism in the US.
Craig Willse is a Los Angeles based writer and teacher. He is the author of The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States. Mr. Willse is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace and on the organizing collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. Mr. Willse is currently focused on the Deadly Exchange campaign lead by Jewish Voice for Peace