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Exporting the intifada: ISM activists Ryan Olander & Bridget Chappell vs. Europe

International Solidarity Movement activists Bridget Chappell and Ryan Olander are raging through Europe! Speaking in cities across Europe about their experiences and observations from their time working with the ISM on the ground in occupied Palestine, their mission is to spread the message of worldwide, popular resistance to the Israeli occupation and incite others to action through direct action, boycott and solidarity with the Palestinian people.

23 June FALUN, SWEDEN
6:00 @ Left Youth Center

1 July OSLO, NORWAY
18:30 @ Blitz

12 July BOCHUM, GERMANY
19:30 @ Langendreer Bahnhof

13 July KAMEN, GERMANY
19:00 @ Gesamtschule

14 July KARLSRUHE, GERMANY
19:00 @ Ver.di-Haus

15 July HEIDELBURG, GERMANY
19:00 @ Karlstor-Bahnhof

17 July PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
18:00 @ Klub v Jelení
[ +Palestinian food, poetry, music & party]

19 July OLOMOUC, CZECH REPUBLIC
19:00 @ Galerie u Mloka

20 July PARDUBICE, CZECH REPUBLIC
18:30 @ NZDM Free Klub

21 July BRADÝS NAM LABEM, CZECH REPUBLIC
18:30 @ Knihovna Eduarda Petišky

22 July BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC
19:00 @ Mistogalerie na Skleněné Iouce

25 July BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
16:00 @ A4
[ +Palestinian food, film screening, music & party]

26 July VIENNA, AUSTRIA
19:00 @ Amerlinghaus

28 July BUDAPEŠT, HUNGARY
19:00 @ Budapešt Infoshop

30 July SWANSEA, UNITED KINGDOM
19:30 @ the Environment Centre

31 July BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
18:00 @ Black Kitten Radical Info Shop

2 August LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
19:30 @ School of Oriental and African Studies

4 August BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM
16:00 @ Cowley Club

6 August OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
19:00 @ St Michael at the North Gate Church

9 August CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
19.30pm @ Emmanuel United Reformed Church

23 August BARCELONA, SPAIN*
*Time/venue to be announced.

Further dates in United Kingdom & France to be announced – keep checking this page for updates!

Hailing from the northern wilds of the United States, Ryan Olander decided to halt his complicity in the Occupations of Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan. He achieved this aim through his cessation of work for money in the United States thereby freeing his labor from funding such vile acts of the country in which he was born.

However, alleviating himself from complicity was not enough amidst the atrocities and human rights abuses visited upon Palestinians by Israel. He decided to use his life to physically stand with the Palestinians in their plight for liberation and justice.

In November 2009 he began working with the International Solidarity Movement. He spent last 4 weeks in Ramle Givon Detention center fighting illegal deportation, which he would win some months later. After his release from prison he was unable to return to Sheikh Jarrah (where he had been working with families struggling against illegal home evictions), so he coordinated media for ISM, attended demonstrations in the west bank, participated in direct actions against the construction of the Wall and taught English in the East Jerusalem community of Silwan. Alas, after nearly 6 months in Palestine Ryan’s process was over and he had to leave so ISM could retrieve the 10000 shekel bail that was paid in his name.

Spurred on by the shocking images of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, Bridget Chappell left Australia last August to join the popular struggle against the illegal occupation of Palestine. Her work as international co-ordinator and in the Nablus area of the West Bank brought her to focus on the annual olive harvest, settler and military violence, demonstrations and steadfast resistance. She was arrested by the Israeli military in an illegal night raid operation in February this year, as Israel’s crackdown on popular resistance surged. Determined to fight her deportation order, she managed to remain in Palestine a further four months before heading to Europe to continue cultivation of the new global intifada.

Follow the event on Facebook here, to see updates to the tour and new dates added.

If you are interested in having Ryan and Bridget to speak in your city, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]