With Emily Schaeffer, Israeli lawyer representing the village of Bil’in.
Saturday, June 6 at 7:00 PM.
Potluck at 6:00 PM. All welcome.
Renaissance College, 811 Charlotte St.
Bil’in is a Palestinian village that is struggling to exist. It is fighting to safeguard its land, its olive trees, its resources… its liberty. In a landmark lawsuit, the farming village of Bil’in is charging two Canadian companies for violating both international and Canadian domestic law, by acting as agents for Israel, constructing buildings and other residences in the West Bank, internationally recognized as an illegally occupied territory. Since 2005, Bil’in has been non-violently demonstrating against the building of settlements and the wall on their land. Bil’in has become an internationally celebrated symbol of Palestinian popular resistance to the ongoing construction of the Israeli apartheid wall. Bil’in will be presenting it’s case against Canadian companies, Quebec-based Green Park International and Green Mount International, June 22nd to 25th, 2009 in Montreal. Mohammed Khatib, a member of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, is not able to attend the Fredericton leg of the tour due to visa problems.
Emily W. Schaeffer of Michael Sfard Law Office is a licensed attorney in both the US and Israel and has been a member of the Israeli legal team representing the village of Bil’in since 2006. For 10 years, Atty. Schaeffer has advocated both in Israel and the US for social justice and human rights, including housing and gender-based rights, most recently focusing on international humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Together with lead Canadian counsel, Atty. Mark Arnold, and Israeli Atty. Michael Sfard, Atty. Schaeffer represents Bil’in in its lawsuit against the Canadian Green Park and Green Mount corporations for violating international law by building Israeli settlements on the village’s land.
This event is endorsed by Fredericton Palestine Solidarity, Fredericton Peace Coalition, Fredericton
Islamic Association, CUPW, the Canada Palestine Association and Zatoun Olive Oil. For more information or to co-sponsor or make a donation to the Bil’in village tour of Canada, please email firstname.lastname@example.org