Ambassador Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, delivers the Keynote Address of the Palestine Center Annual Conference. He discusses the work that lies ahead despite the outcome of the U.S. elections.
Members of the multimedia program at The Freedom Theatre of Jenin discuss the role of creative work as a means of resisting the Israeli occupation, and their work with the Theatre in introducing young Palestinians to a variety of artistic forms, including music, photography, filmmaking, and writing. They view these forms as necessary creative outlets in an environment that is often violent and oppressive.
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.
As the 2016 Edward Said Memorial Lecturer, Professor Wadie Said confronts the issue of terrorism and the ways in which it is produced and dealt with in the American legal system. In an era in which the phenomenon of Islamophobia has loomed large in public debates about the national security challenges that confront the United States, terrorism laws and prosecutions mirror those debates, but they also raise essential questions as to the sacrificing of constitutional rights and protections that is done in the name of security.
Dr. Irene Calis discusses how the frequent comparisons of Israel with Apartheid South Africa may obscure more fundamental questions Palestinians we should be asking. From her recent base in today’s South Africa, where “whiteness” still lives on the back of “blackness,” she argues that the post-apartheid moment should alert Palestinians to take stock and reframe both the form of our campaigns and the terms of any proposed resolution. This requires asking qualitatively different kinds of questions, ones which concern not the nature of the apartheid state, but instead, the nature of our preferred future.
In the art of Bedouin artist, Eid Hadaleen, the instruments of the occupation are reconstructed by the occupied. The originals of the miniatures are Hadaleen’s everyday fare: bulldozer, helicopter, digger, tractor, truck. These modes of transportation and construction are wielded against the Palestinian people with the intended effect of immobilizing them. Yet, through the use of wood, iron, rubber, plastic, glass, parts of furniture and accessories, Hadaleen performs a miniature imitation that suggests on one hand mockery and on another the power of creative responses to the occupation.
Dr. James Zogby examines the 1988 and 2016 progressive presidential candidates, Jesse Jackson and Bernie Sanders respectively, and discusses why it is imperative to view these experiences comparatively in terms of their commonalities, their differences, and the lessons that can be learned from each of the two campaigns.
In the concluding panel of the 2016 Summer Intern Lecture Series, Dr. William Youmans and Ms. Laila El-Haddad examine the less concrete but equally powerful restraints on the mobility of ideas in the Palestinian context. These include Israel’s suppression of political and literary expression, manipulation of the news, media blackouts, and outright censorship. As writers and social media experts, these panelists offer their experiences in the use of written and electronic media as powerful tools in the spread of ideas and resistance to Israel’s polities.