Monday, March 25, 2013

You Won't Want to Miss This! Join Us for Next Week's Event- Discussion With Osama Shomar of Gaza Youth Breaks Out

When: Monday April, 1st, 2013 at 6:00pm  
Where: UNL Student Union City Campus  Lincoln, NE USA 

Join us for a discussion with Palestinian activist and student Osama Shomar, a co-author of the Gaza Youth Manifesto and member of Gaza Youth Breaks Out. Community members and activists doing Palestinian solidarity work are particularly encouraged to attend. 

Shomar is the co-author of the Gaza Youth Manifesto. Published online in December of 2010, the manifesto expresses frustration with the ongoing Israeli siege, the indifference of the international community and the violation of human rights practiced by the Hamas government in Gaza. He is one of eight founding members who co-authored the manifesto and launched it online in December of 2010. 

The manifesto came after the government's crack down on the Sharek Youth Forum, an NGO that hosted educational programs for young female and male college students in the Gaza Strip. One of the government's charges against the forum accused organizers and students of failing to embrace societal and religious values by providing space for male and female students to work together. The launch of Gaza Youth Breaks Out (GYBO) coincided with large-scale protests in Tunisia calling for an end to the regime.

Two months later the group joined forces with two other youth groups in the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank calling for an end to the political division between Hamas and Fateh, the two leading political parties in Palestine. The youth groups launched door-to-door campaigns asking people to take part in protests. On the 15th of March 2011, the groups took their protest to several spaces in Gaza City including the Square of the Unknown Soldier, a prominent public space. At each of these spaces they were faced with police brutality. There were similar responses to youth who protested in the West Bank. Members of the youth groups faced incarceration, frequent arrests and physical abuse. 

A year later, due to his involvement with GYBO, Shomar was invited to participate in a conference organized by The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University in Sweden. The conference, "Arab Uprisings: Contesting Narratives, Locating Power", gathered activists, artists, and academics into a series of workshops and sessions related to the Arab Spring.

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The International Socialist Organization and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha