Public Talks

This panel examines the intersection of Israeli policies of occupation and containment which prevent Palestinian self-determination, with a focus on the experience for Palestinians of living under occupation in Jerusalem and Gaza and the ways Palestinians and their supporters are organizing politically, economically and culturally to protect their human rights and work towards a different future.

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Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Mary Nazzal-Batayneh joins an esteemed group of speakers and panelists at the 2015 Harvard Arab Weekend. The conference seeks, "to promote unity within Arab societies and bring in inspiring men and women who have worked towards achieving that end, and in doing so, simultaneously showcase the Arab people's ingenuity, commitment, and resilience." 

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In this talk, the Executive Director of Al-Shabaka Nadia Hijab describes the limits on the Palestinian struggle for justice due to the paralysis and fragmentation of the Palestinian national movement – despite certain achievements such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, among others. She also addresses the dilemmas this prevailing disarray poses to Palestinian activists as well as the international solidarity communities. 

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Victor Kattan, a post-doctoral fellow at the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore, spoke about the course of the Middle East peace process over the last 25 years, and the implications that Palestine’s decision to join the International Criminal Court might have on that process by drawing on political biography, international law, and his own experiences of working in Jerusalem and in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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Anchoring Palestine in the Movement for Rights
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Palestine’s voice was already weakened by the tragedies in the Arab region. Now it may be swamped by the need to defend basic human rights in the US and Europe.

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