War on Want events for Annual Israeli Apartheid Week 2018

18 January 2018 - 2:00pm

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system* over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

War on Want is proud to be co-sponsoring an exciting array of events for Israeli Apartheid Week across the UK:

Remi Kanazi 2018 UK tour:

Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and organiser based in New York City. He is the author of the newly released collection of poetry ‘Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine’. 

Remi will be performing in Leeds, Bristol, Brighton, and London as part of Israeli Apartheid Week. 

Leeds – with University of Leeds Palestine Solidarity Group

  • Date: Tuesday 20 February 2018
  • Time: 5.00-6.30 PM
  • Place: University of Leeds, (Room TBA)
  • Cost: free, but please RSVP on facebook


Brighton  with Sussex Friends of Palestine Society (SOLD OUT)

  • Date: Wednesday 21 February 2018
  • Time: 6.00-8.00 PM
  • Place: University of Sussex, Room 76 (Falmer, BN1 9QF)
  • Cost: free, but tickets are limited so they must be booked


Bristol  with University of Bristol Friends of Palestine

  • Date: Thursday 22 February 2018
  • Time: 7.30-11.00 PM
  • Place: Palestine Museum & Cultural Centre, 27 Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2HG
  • Cost: £5 at the door, advance booking here


London (see below)

Sounds of Resistance: Benjamin Zephaniah, Tamer Nafar, Remi Kanazi, DJ Hilwi, and more!

As part of Israel Apartheid Week 2018, War on Want and Artists for Palestine UK aren’t missing a beat, presenting a compelling and unmissable showcase of some of the leading musical wordsmiths of our time. The evening is dedicated to the ongoing struggle of the Palestinian people and their fight for justice, standing up to 100 years of settler colonialism and celebrating 100 years of  popular struggle for freedom.

Headlining the night is the one and only Benjamin Zephaniah with his live band, accompanied by a full line-up of dub, beats, poetry and hip-hop.

  • Date: Friday 23 February 2018
  • Time: doors at 8:00 pm
  • Place: Rich Mix London, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
  • Cost: £12 advance purchase, £15 at the door

Sponsored by MARSM UK, War on Want, with SOAS Palestine Society and Artists for Palestine UK

Iconic dub poet, novelist and playwright, Zephaniah’s groundbreaking work has been a driving force in reshaping the vibrant landscape of contemporary poetry. Strongly influenced by the musical culture of Jamaica, he uses poetry as ‘street politics’ that galvanise and challenge racism and discrimination, while celebrating the resilience of diversity and community. His uniquely spellbinding performance is an astounding poetic affront and one step closer to overcoming the deeply seated injustices in our world

Founding member of the legendary Palestinian rap trio DAM, Tamer’s wit and dedication have helped pave an impressive way for homegrown Arabic hip-hop to flourish and travel far beyond his hometown of Lyd. His cunning solo show is a beat-defying homage to his thoughts, life and inspirations, and a cleverly defined extension of his hip-hop roots and Palestinian heritage. 

On the heels of a 135-stop tour to promote his new collection, Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up From Brooklyn to Palestine, poet and writer Remi Kanazi has received stunning acclaim for his sharp rhymes and rhythms that accompany the reader and listener on a poetic personal journey. From John Berger to John Pilger, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement, Kanazi has been praised as a gleaming voice of resistance and reason. 

Rasha Hilwi (aka DJ Hilwi) is a Palestinian writer, cultural journalist, cultural manager and DJ. She was born in the city of Acre and now based in Berlin. Taking you on a music journey, she DJs music and songs from the Middle East, North Africa, West and South Asia and Eastern Europe.

*There is overwhelming evidence that the system instituted by the Israeli government against the Palestinian people is correctly described as a system of apartheid. We have detailed some of this evidence, including the legal definition of apartheid. We encourage you to read about what apartheid means and why it has prompted Palestinian civil society to call for boycotts and divestment from companies and institutions complicit in Israel's violations of international law, and trade and military sanctions on Israel, similar to those imposed on apartheid South Africa in the 1980's.


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