On Wed., May 12, speaker Norman Finkelstein is joined by Lowkey, Hip Hop artist from the U.K., and Jody McIntyre, international solidarity activist.
5:00 p.m. Fundraising reception at SOIF Wine Bar, 105 Walnut Ave. $100 includes a light dinner, wine, reserved seats at the 7:00 p.m. program and a copy of Finkelstein’s latest book, “ This Time We Went Too Far: Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion.” 1/2 of proceeds benefit the Middle East Children’s Alliance’s “Let the Children Play and Heal” in Gaza.
7:00 p.m. Program at the United Methodist Church, 250 California St., S.C. Under 18 free. $5-$20 suggested sliding-scale donation. $10 reserved seating tickets available. 1/2 of proceeds benefit the Middle East Children’s Alliance’s “Let the Children Play and Heal” in Gaza.
8:00 p.m. Kresge Town Hall, UCSC, FREE.
Finkelstein is author of “Beyond Chutzpah,” “The Holocaust Industry,” “Image and Reality of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict,” and his latest “This Time We Went Too Far.” Finkelstein was denied tenure at DePaul University following a campaign by pro-Israeli forces headed by Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz to overturn departmental recommendation of approval. In 2006 local religious leaders and the daily newspaper unsuccessfully attempted to force cancellation of his visit to Santa Cruz. This year his detractors will organize competing events to draw attention from Finkelstein’s visit in Santa Cruz. Support the right of Americans to a robust discussion of critical foreign policy and human rights issues. l/2 of the proceeds from the two events downtown (not the UCSC event) will benefit the Middle East Children Alliance’s “Let the Children Play and Heal,” a program that is giving tens of thousands of children and youth opportunities to express themselves though art, dance, music, story-telling, theatre and puppetry; to get support from the larger community; and to have fun and just be children. The visit by Norman Finkelstein, Lowkey and Jody McIntyre iscosponsored by the Middle East Program of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, the Palestine Israel Action Committee, and the Committee for justice for Palestine, UCSC. www.normanfinkelstein.com