It’s been just over a month since the new Israeli government, led by Benjamin Netanyahu and a collection of ultra-nationalist coalition partners, was sworn in. Over this short time period, the world has been watching as the government begins advancing its hardline agenda that includes weakening the judiciary and the media, intensifying the brutal oppression of Palestinians, accelerating annexation in the West Bank, stripping funding from culture shapers who challenge Israeli policy and much more.
In Israeli society, opposition to the government has grown quickly, with diverse communities — from lawyers and former judges, to LGBTQ+ rights activists, to the high tech and finance sectors — all joining the mass anti-government protests, the largest the country has seen in over a decade. Meanwhile, Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation and rule have remained defiant in the face of increased police, army and settler violence, including a recent deadly incursion on Jenin refugee camp, followed by a deadly attack on Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem. And yet, experts and analysts remain uncertain: are we witnessing a watershed moment in Israel-Palestine, or merely a continuation of a decades-long reality of Israeli impunity and Palestinian oppression? Are the anti-government protests a call to return to the “normal” status quo of occupation and apartheid, or could they turn into a true call for change across Israel-Palestine?
Join Just Vision, Local Call and +972 Magazine for a webinar discussing these key questions. We’ll hear from Diana Buttu, legal expert, analyst and Policy Advisor to Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network; Orly Noy, Editor at Local Call; and Haggai Matar, Director of +972 Magazine and Co-Director of Local Call. The conversation will be moderated by Suhad Babaa, President & Executive Director of Just Vision and Co-Director of Local Call.