January 11, 2019 The Wanted 18 was screened at the Tenth East Senior Center in Salt Lake City. It was previously shown in September 2017 at the First Unitarian Church, also in Salt Lake City.
“The Wanted 18 tells the true story of a Palestinian committee in the town of Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem, that purchased a herd of cows from a friendly kibbutz owner and used them in a bid to undermine Israeli control. It was a step towards self-sufficiency beset by problems: Palestinians are not a cow-rearing people, which accounts for some agricultural hiccups along the way, and the Israeli authorities did not look kindly even on the smallest gestures of independence – the cows were declared “dangerous for the security of the state of Israel” and became fugitives from the law.”
September 21, 2017 – Disturbing the Peace was screened at the Marmalade Library in Salt Lake City. It was well attended. A lively discussion and Q/A followed. For more information on the film visit Disturbing the Peace.
March 20, 2017 – The Settlers was screened at the First Unitarian Church
Oct. 21, 2016 – Budrus was screened at First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City drew alot of attention. A very informative Q&A followed. Thanks to all who participated.
Budrus, a true story, delves into the fraught world of Palestinian-Israeli relations in this amazing account of one family’s leadership of a movement to prevent Israel’s Separation Barrier from slicing their town in half. The father and his fifteen year old daughter inspire nonviolent protests against the Israeli military. See Budrus Trailer here.
May 22, 2016 – The First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, UJPHL, and Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice co-hosted Mariam Fathalla, a victim of the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe), who gave her personal account of her family’s removal from their home.
With a great granddaughter of other Nakba survivors, traveling companion and interpreter, Amena Ashkar, Miriam spoke of the horror on the day they were forcibly removed from their home. She and Amena also discussed what life in a refugee camp is like. Miriam has raised three generations in makeshift housing in the the refugee camps of Lebanon. It is the only “home” that Amena has ever known. Lebanon does not want them and Israel will not allow them to return. Though they seem optimistic, Miriam and Amena shared the personal despair of people without a home and without hope.
April 4-6, 2016 – UJPHL co-sponsored Professor Omid Safi who spoke to full houses at several events in Salt Lake City, including the University of Utah Hinkley Institute and the Salt Lake Marmalade Library, on “America and Islam: Peace and Justice in an Age of ISIS and Islamophobia”
Professor Safi is the director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center and the editor of the book, “Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism,” which presents a new understanding of Islam rooted in social justice, gender equality, and religious/ethnic pluralism.
March 24, 2016 – UJPHL co-sponsored California Congresswoman, Barbara Lee, who talked at the Hinkley Institute for Politics at the University of Utah about racism today.
Lee has served in the US Congress since 1998. She has chaired the Congressional Black Caucus, and co-chaired the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Lee is most noted for being the only member of congress to vote against the authorization of use of force after the 9/11 attacks. This remarkable move has made her popular with many anti-war critics. <https://lee.house.gov/>
2015 – UJPHL joins PAC and others to bring speakers to discuss Settler Colonialism
Summer 2014 – Utahns protested Apartheid Israel, the occupation of Palestine, and the attacks on Gaza.
2011 – UJPHL co-founder, Frances ReMillard, meets activist, author and Russell Tribunal jurist, Alice Walker, at the Russell Tribunal Hearings held in South Africa, 2011. The hearings addressed the question, ” Do Israel’s practices against the Palestinian People constitute the crime of apartheid under International Law? Watch the hearings and read the results here.
Is It Apartheid ? Read a summary of what an international team of legal scholars, commissioned by the South African government, said about the Israeli occupation in the Apartheid Booklet.R
Read the full report: “Occupation, Colonialism, Apartheid”