“The Ninety-Ninth Floor”

Author Jana El-Hassan talks about her book, The Ninety-Ninth Floor that was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2015. The story unfolds between the 1982 massacre at Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon and life in the city of New York in 2000. It follows the struggles and triumphs of Majed as he makes it in Manhattan at the turn of the century, after surviving the devastating 1982 massacre at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp.

“A Life Worth Living: The Story of a Palestinian Catholic”

Amidst a sometimes confusing barrage of news about the Middle East, Dr. Bernard Sabella, a Palestinian Christian, offers an enlightening, often humorous, personal narrative accompanied by reflections on lessons learned from his life in a conflict zone.

“Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five”

Miko Peled, author of The General’s Son, presented his latest book about the Holy Land Foundation Five in which he discussed the miscarriages of justice involved with the case and the devastating effects the case had on the lives of the men convicted and their families.

“Dream Palace of the Americans: Think Tanks and the Peace Process”

In presenting his latest book, America’s Dream Palace, Osamah S. Khalil discussed the ways U.S. foreign policy has shaped the emergence of expertise (both through think tanks and academic studies) concerning the Middle East, a crucial, often turbulent, and misunderstood part of the world.

“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?