We are writing to inform you of a number of upcoming initiatives that IAJV is involved with. These initiatives are very important but they are also costly in terms of time and money. We are unable to undertake these initiatives without strong financial support and we ask for your generous contribution to maintain our efforts.
The first initiative is that we are are planning to bring Harvard scholar Sara Roy back to Australia to appear in various events being organised in late May this year.
Sara is a senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Trained as a political economist, Dr Roy has worked in the Gaza Strip and West Bank since 1985 conducting research primarily on the economic, social and political development of the Gaza Strip and on U.S. foreign aid to the region. Dr Roy has written extensively on the Palestinian economy, particularly in Gaza, and has documented its development over the last three decades. More details about her work can be found hereand here. In this article she talks about her experience of being a child of Holocaust survivors. And here is an article of hers called “A Jewish Plea”, in which she’s asks in regard to Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians: “How can children of the Holocaust do such things?”
Our second initiative is that we are involved in the visit to Sydney of Amira Hass, who will appear at an event at the UNSW Law School, as well as at other events sponsored by IAJV and other groups such as the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Jews Against the Occupation.
Hass is an Israeli journalist and author. She is the Haaretz correspondent for the Occupied Territories. Born in Jerusalem in 1956, Hass joined Haaretz in 1989. As the correspondent for the Palestinian territories, she has spent three years living in Gaza, which served of the basis for her widely acclaimed book, “Drinking the Sea at Gaza.” She has lived in the West Bank city of Ramallah since 1997. The following is an extract from an article about Hass by Robert Fisk:
“Whenever Amira Hass tries to explain her vocation as a journalist, she recalls a seminal moment in her mother’s life. Hannah Hass was being marched from a cattle train to the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen on a summer’s day in 1944. “She and the other women had been 10 days in the train from Yugoslavia. They were sick and some were dying. Then my mother saw these German women looking at the prisoners, just looking. This image became very formative in my upbringing, this despicable ‘looking from the side’. It’s as if I was there and saw it myself.” Amira Hass stares at you through wire-framed glasses as she speaks, anxious to make sure you have understood the importance of the Jewish Holocaust in her life.”