Webinar Series: Understanding Apartheid, Moving to Freedom, Justice and Equality
Since its foundation, Israel has built and maintained a system of institutionalised racist discrimination against all parts of the Palestinian people, whether living under occupation, in Israel, or as refugees and exiles.
The seminal United Nations report by Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley in 2017 clearly laid this out, contributing to a shift in discourse. Israel’s passage of the nation state law, followed by its publicly stated aim of annexing at least 30% of the West Bank – following its illegal annexation of East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights – has further exposed its apartheid reality.
The question for the movement for Palestinian rights is how to transition from the ugliness of the present day to a future of freedom, justice and equality? What would this look like on the ground, irrespective of political frameworks?
This weekly series of webinars throughout October will tackle – but also go beyond – the way in which Israel’s practices meet the definition of apartheid under international law and their effect on Palestinians in all areas of their lives. Each speaker will be challenged not just to set out the past and present but also to outline ways to get from the present to a better future.
Thursday October 1st / 6pm / Apartheid within Israel: Sami Abu Shehadeh, Palestinian member of the Knesset for the Joint List. Sawsan Zaher, Lawyer and Director of Social and Economic Rights Unit at Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.
Thursday October 8th / 6pm / Apartheid in the Occupied Territory: Diana Buttu, Palestinian-Canadian Lawyer and renowned analyst. Yara Harawi, Policy Fellow at al-Shabaka – the Palestinian policy network.
Thursday October 15th / 6pm / Apartheid in Exile: Sarona Bedwan, writer & works in educational outreach at Makan. Lubnah Shomali, Advocacy Unit Manager BADIL Resource for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights
Thursday October 22nd / 6pm /The Movement for Palestinian Rights: Setting the Agenda – Moving to Freedom: Hazem Jamjoum, policy member of Al Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Marwa Fatafta, Palestinian writer, researcher and policy analyst based in Berlin.