“Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom”

Based on scores of human rights reports, Norman G. Finkelstein’s new book presents a meticulously researched inquest into Gaza’s martyrdom. He shows that although Israel has justified its assaults in the name of self-defense, in fact these actions constituted flagrant violations of international law.

“Prisoners of History: The Story of Dalia, A Palestinian”

Author Charles Sutherland discusses the issues shaping his new book, “Prisoners of History: Dalia, a Palestinian”, which is a non-fiction novel of contemporary events. It is about a girl, one of over 1,000,000 Palestinian children trapped as prisoners in the military Occupied Territories of Gaza and the West Bank, and her struggle for food, electricity, education… and freedom. The short fact-based narrative is based on official Israeli policies, secret police tactics, real-life events, and authentic episodes experienced by actual people.

Presentation by Ambassador Husam S. Zomlot

In this presentation Ambassador Zomlot clarifies the positions of the PLO Delegation with regard to UN Resolutions 242 and 338, and comments on recent announcements made by the Trump administration regarding Jerusalem and the cut in funding to UNRWA. 

Josh Ruebner: Israel – Democracy or Apartheid State?

In light of the milestones of 2017 (100 years after the Balfour Declaration, 69 years since the 1948 nakba, 50 years since the 1967 naksa), Josh Ruebner draws on personal anecdotes and reflections, historical documents, and legal analyses to address the question: is Israel a democracy or does its separate and unequal treatment of the Palestinian people render it an apartheid state?

Panel 3 of 2017 Palestine Center Annual Conference

This panel features remarks by Ambassador Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Dr. Lawrence Davidson, and Dr. Sara Roy who respectively share their thoughts on the status of Jerusalem, the effectiveness of BDS, and the current situation in Gaza.


Panel 2 of 2017 Palestine Center Annual Conference

In this panel, speakers Dr. Virginia Tilley, Khaled Elgindy, and Sam Husseini discuss the intertwined topics of US foreign policy and the continuing problem of representation and media bias when it comes to the Palestinian issue.

Jerusalem: Communities Leading Change

Fayrouz Sharqawi,  Advocacy Director at Grassroots International, discusses the recent movement for Al Aqsa and the necessity of organizations like Grassroots Jerusalem to build a cohesive political platform through which Jerusalemites can voice their demands and bring attention to the indigenous and independent Palestinian economy outside of the international aid and NGO system.

2017 Edward Said Memorial Lecture: “Literature, Empathy, and Rights”

Professor David Palumbo-Liu discusses how our commitments to empathy and ethics can only be met if we acknowledge the ways the realities of Palestine have been obscured and distorted. He examines three key concerns related to human rights that Said addressed via his study of literature and suggests a vision of comparative literature that might conjoin with the model of literary studies Edward Said embodied, at the center of which was the issue of rights.