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Israeli Black Panthers, Mizrahi Jews, and Palestinian solidarity
Thu April 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from Reuven Abergel about the Black Panthers of Israel, and the solidarity between Mizrahi Jews and Palestinians.
Reuven Abergel is an icon of the Mizrahi struggle in Israel. He was a founder and leader of the Black Panthers of Israel in the 1970s and has remained at the forefront of social justice movements for more than 45 years in areas such as criminal justice, housing, education, and cultural expression.
At the height of his activity with the Black Panthers in the 1970s, the Israeli government denied Abergel a passport, stating that he was not a legal citizen of the country. It would be 20 years before his citizenship was granted. Through activism and advocacy, Abergel has extended solidarity to the struggles of Palestinians, Ethiopians, and African asylum seekers.
In 2003, while Ramallah was being besieged by Israeli forces, Abergel visited Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at his headquarters in the city. Over the years, he founded or led several organizations, including the Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow, Taarabut, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, and SEDQ: A Global Jewish Network for Justice. Alongside his activism, he has had professional career as educator, youth counselor, organizational consultant, and lecturer.