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An Important Conversation about Israel & Palestine

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Did you know that the day after Israeli Independence Day is a day Palestinians call Nakba Day? It translates to “Day of Catastrophe” and is an annual commemoration of the displacement of Palestinians that happened due to the creation of Israel.

Yeah, that’s how complicated the region is, and that is exactly why we need to have more conversations about Israel and Palestine.

Coming up this Thursday is a really interesting event that I’ll be taking part in called An Alternative Israeli Independence Day Event. Seven people (including myself) will tell their stories around Israel, Palestine, the occupation, feminism, gender, race, freedom, spirituality, Judaism, and so much more. It’s a great opportunity to be challenged, to learn something new, to take action, and to meet new partners and allies.

I’ll be speaking about my background of growing up an American Jew and how I became highly critical of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people. One of my conditions to speak was that there would also be Palestinians there to talk about their side of the story as well.

The organization putting it on is the New Israel Fund, an incredibly progressive organization who focuses on fighting for social justice and equality in Israel. And the form the talks are taking is really cool as well. It’s called Pecha Kucha, and each speaker gets to tell their story by showing 20 slides and talking for 20 seconds about each one.

Plus there will be food and drinks and afterwards there will be dancing!

Learn more about the event and speakers, and get your tickets, right here.

I hope to see you there!

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website BrokeAssStuart.com is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, Geek.com and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle , "an SF cult hero": SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.