The Erasure of Palestine

 

 

The 2009 Palestine Center Annual Conference
“The Erasure of Palestine”

Friday, 13 November 2009


 


Panel I – Erasure Before and After 1967
Participants: Ms. Nadia Hijab, Ms. Jennifer Lowenstein, Dr. Leila Farsakh and Ms. Phyllis Bennis

Panel II – Shrinking Space and Colonization
Participants: Dr. Eid Mustafa, Dr. Laurie King and Mr. Will Youmans 

Panel III – National Fragmentation and Cohesion
Participants: Dr. Halim Barakat, Dr. Elliot Colla and Mr. Ali Abunimah 
Panel IV – The Role of the International Community in the Erasure Participants: Ms. Zaha Hassan, Ms. Susan Akram and Dr. Naseer Aruri

PANEL SUMMARIES

The Zionist movement and the Israeli state are in the last stages of achieving effective sovereignty over all historic Palestine.  The Israeli nomenclature, “Judaization” of the land, first entered general public discourse in 1976. We must acknowledge that we are witnessing the Judaization of what remains to Palestinians of historic Palestine (with the possible exception of the Gaza Strip).  Failure to understand the process of Judaization, on one hand, and the concomitant erasure of Palestinian wujud (existence) in all its forms, on the other hand, dooms all of us to continue granting Israel and its supporters the power to accomplish the process of negating Palestinian identity and nationhood.

It is the intention of this conference to underscore the reality we are facing by: first, examining and illuminating current Palestinian existence in historic Palestine; second, by truthfully and candidly pursuing the historical process of the Judaization of the country; and third, by exploring the roles available to people seeking justice for the Palestinian people.


Panel I – Erasure Before and After 1967

Ms. Nadia Hijab, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies, chaired the discussion.

Ms. Jennifer Lowenstein, a Faculty Associate of Middle East Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discussed Gaza and Israel’s Long-term Objectives.

Dr. Leila Farsakh, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, discussed the Erasure of the Palestinian State Project.

Ms. Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, also discussed the Erasure of the Palestinian State Project.


Panel II – Shrinking Space and Colonization

Dr. Eid Mustafa, Treasurer of The Jerusalem Fund Board of Directors, chaired the discussion.

Dr. Laurie King, an Adjunct Professor of Popular Culture at Georgetown University, discussed Bantustanization,  The Wall, Settlements and Colonization.

Mr. Will Youmans, a New Media Consultant at The Jerusalem Fund, discussed Greater Jerusalem:  What Is It?.


Panel III – National Fragmentation and Cohesion

Dr. Halim Barakat, a Scholar of Sociology and a Novelist, chaired the discussion.

Dr. Elliot Colla, an Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, discussed Identity Card:  Darwish and National Assertion-Presence in the Shadow of Erasure.

Mr. Ali Abunimah, an Author and Journalist, discussed Palestinian Existence (wujud):  Grassroots Activism and Solidarity.



Panel IV – The Role of the International Community in the Erasure

Ms. Susan Akram, a Clinical Professor of Law at Boston University, discussed the Role of the United Nations and International Law.

Dr. Naseer Aruri, Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, discussed United States Policy and Palestine:  Oslo, the Intifada and Erasure.