From Palestine to Kashmir - Colonial History and Solidarity
Date(s) - 12/08/2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hughes-Trigg Student Center
Amnesty International at SMU and American Muslims for Palestine - Dallas
Since 1947/48, the regions of Kashmir and Palestine have been embroiled in conflict and military occupation. The Kashmir dispute dates back to the same time period as Palestine, yet there is hardly any media coverage on the issue until this past year after India revoked Article 370 in an attempt to dissolve the autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir has been under an internet and communication blackout. As two of the most militarized zones in the world, both states have long suffered human rights violations including murder and imprisonment of children. Learn about the colonial and recent history of both occupied states, their similar trajectory and how to develop solidarity between the two social justice movements.
Our speakers are long-standing activists and experts on the issue of Palestine and Kashmir respectively.
Dr. Hatem Bazian is the co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College and a lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He also founded at Berkeley the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims. Dr. Bazian is also the founder and national Chair of American Muslims for Palestine, an American nonprofit organization whose mission is to “support the American public and media about issues related to Palestine and its rich cultural and historic heritage” (AMP Website). He is one of the foremost academic experts regarding Palestine, and SMU Amnesty Intl. is honored to host him.
Brother Mujeeb Kazi, MBA is an activist and local leader who has been raising awareness regarding human rights violations in Kashmir. He currently serves as the President of Kashmir Solidarity Council USA (TX) and as Executive Director of the
Islamic Association of Fort Worth (IAFW). He is also the Founder and BOD of Crescenet Foundation, an advocacy group for Interfaith Harmony.
Hosted by SMU Amnesty International
Co-Sponsors: American Muslims for Palestine-Dallas, Students for Justice in Palestine – UT Dallas