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Activist to discuss his experiences fighting for Palestinian independence, Nov. 12

Shapiro, an activist with the International Solidarity Movement, will lecture as an "Eyewitness from Palestine" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in 016 Robertson Hall.

The International Solidarity Movement is a Palestinian-led initiative working toward Palestinian independence from Israel. Shapiro was one of nine activists arrested in Israel in August 2002 when he and nearly 200 demonstrators marched to protest against Israel's occupation of Palestinian towns.

Earlier in the year, Shapiro, a Jewish American born in Brooklyn, N.Y., gained media notoriety when he was trapped overnight in Palestine leader Yasser Arafat's Ramallah compound. A medical aid worker, Shapiro entered the compound in an ambulance following an Israeli tank attack. He helped build a makeshift clinic in one of Arafat's offices and shared a much-publicized breakfast with him in the compound.

Following his arrest and release in August, Shapiro returned to the United States with his wife, Palestinian-American Huwaida Arraf. He is enrolled in the graduate program in international studies at American University in Washington, D.C.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Contact: Thomas Bartus (609) 258-3601

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