colonial occupation and animal right
Palestinian animal league solidarity- USA
“For over 10 years, think tanks, policy makers, and marketing consultants have been trying to discredit and undermine the momentum of the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to end Israeli apartheid and the occupation of Palestine. They developed a strategy called “Brand Israel”, which is aimed at rebranding the state of Israel as a cultural, social, and political haven for progress and creativity, divorced entirely from the narrative of Palestinian oppression and colonial occupation. The Brand Israel marketing campaign has been successful at siphoning support for leftist and progressive causes, such as LGBTQ, environmentalism, and animal advocacy, in an effort to frustrate the solidarity organizing behind the power of the BDS campaign. The result is a powerful, militarized, and oppressive colonial nation-state that has been pink-washed, green-washed, and even vegan-washed as a progressive and leading democracy in an otherwise “backwards” region of the world.
Join a panel including acclaimed author, academic, law professor and anti-pinkwashing activist Dean Spade, Bina Ahmad of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and the National Lawyers Guild Animal Activism Committee, and Justin Kay of Palestinian Animal League Solidarity for a look at the dynamics of Brand Israel as it has infiltrated the international movements for animal advocacy, queer and trans liberation, and environmental justice, with a particular focus placed on the United States. Learn how to resist Brand Israel and organize in support of the BDS campaign and Palestinian sovereignty. Animal advocates will also discuss the work of the Palestinian Animal League (PAL), the only animal advocacy group in the Palestinian Occupied Territories, and how to support and stand in solidarity with PAL as a means of resisting Brand Israel’s campaign of vegan and humane-washing that erroneously paints Israel as the most progressive nation on the planet in terms of animals and veganism as a means of erasing the Palestinian relationship with the land and its animals.
Dean Spade teaches classes about poverty, racism, gender and social movements at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit collective that provides free legal help to low-income people and people of color who are trans, intersex and/or gender non-conforming and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law (Duke University Press, 2015). His 2015 documentary, Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back tells the story of Seattle activists getting Israeli Consulate-sponsored LGBT-themed propaganda events cancelled and facing a backlash (online free at pinkwashingexposed.net).
Bina Ahmad is a social justice attorney, the daughter of Pakistani immigrants and an Ahmadi Muslim. She has worked with numerous animal rights and human rights organizations such as Farm Sanctuary, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Constitutional Rights. She lived and worked in Palestine with Al-Haq, served on the legal team for the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, was a legal consultant to Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights as well as the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Palestine Division. She has served as the National Lawyers Guild’s National Vice President, and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, as well the advisory board of The Food Empowerment Project. She conducts Know Your Rights trainings for radical left political organizations and movements as well as state targeted communities, and provides these movements and communities legal advice and support. She currently works as a public defender in Manhattan, New York.
Justin Kay has been a grassroots campaigner, community organizer, and public speaker for nearly a decade. His work focuses on solidarity organizing and coalition building for animal liberation and environmental activists, Palestinian solidarity, indigenous and anti-colonial solidarity and land defense, and strategizing pressure campaigns against animal enterprises and extractive industries. He is the co-founder and co-organizer of the No New Animal Lab campaign and the Resistance Ecology Conference, and he is an organizer for Palestinian Animal League Solidarity. These experiences have earned him invitations brought him to speak at universities, community spaces, and major conferences and events throughout not only the United States, but much of continental Europe.“
Here is an audio recording of the event as well