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Student Workshop: Advocacy for Palestine on Campus

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SOAS University of London

10 Thornhaugh Street

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This workshop is designed to provide students with a space in which the challenges facing student advocacy for Palestine are discussed.

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Where: SOAS University, London (SOAS University Senate House - Alumni Lecture Theatre (S110))

When: 7 March 2020 - 11:00-16:30

Background: This one-day workshop is designed to provide university-level students with a space in which the challenges facing student advocacy for Palestine, and suggestions to overcome such challenges, are openly discussed and interrogated.

Through facilitating a forum in which students are exposed to expert trainers with unique insight on the dynamics of advocacy for Palestine, it is hoped students will be left feeling empowered, encouraged, and enlightened in their solidarity.

This workshop is born out of necessity. It comes at one of the most challenging times for advocacy on Palestine with repeated assaults on the BDS movement, the conflation of anti-semitism with criticism of Israeli governmental policy, the designation of NGOs working for Palestine on the government's anti-extremism guide, and a number of attempted character assassinations against those prominent in student politics for Palestine.

These challenges, to name a few, have markedly exacerbated the efficacy of student politics on Palestine. To address some of these challenges and to empower the student movement, this workshop focuses on the following themes:

Session One:

Requirements for successful advocacy - This segment of the first session looks at the most effective advocacy strategies for pro-Palestine student work - this can include having clear, measurable goals and aims, extensive knowledge of who you are trying to reach, and focused messages and campaigns that connect with your target audience. It will also include things like planning, matching strategy to your target audience, and how to effectively utilise messages that resonate.

Knowing your rights - This session is aimed at empowering students with the required knowledge of their rights while advocating for Palestine.

Session Two:

BDS - This session looks at why the BDS movement is an important and effective strategy for Palestinian rights campaigns. It also concentrates on different BDS strategies and tactics that can work effectively on campus.

Session Three:

Anti-Semitism - This session looks comprehensively at the 'new anti-semitism' and how it has affected Palestine advocacy at large, and what it means for pro-Palestine advocacy moving forwards.

This is a student only event. To gain entry to this workshop, student ID is mandatory. The organiser reserves the right to reserve to refuse entry if it is thought that the ticket holder is either not behaving in an appropriate manner on arrival, or if it is believed the ticket holder is not a student.

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