This lecture will explore how Israel deployed occupation law and Security Council Resolution 242 to fulfill its territorial ambitions in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Following the June 1967 War, it developed a legal argument that the Palestinian territories constituted a sovereign void and therefore could not be occupied as a matter of law. Fifty years later, in 2017, viable negotiations remain elusive and Israel’s current government has proposed annexing sixty-two percent of the West Bank where it has entrenched its settlement enterprise.

The Boycott Sanctions and Divestment movement is facing increasing challenges in the United States with the introduction of anti-BDS measures which work to ban student activism, limit free speech, and criminalize Palestinian advocacy. Our guests Maria LaHood of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Dr. Stephen Sheehi of the College of William and Mary (and a Delegate in the MLA Assembly) will speak on these developments.

Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of Dr. Halim Barakat, retired Research Professor of Society and Culture at The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and a vital contributor to the establishment of the Palestine Center, who worked closely with the late Dr. Hisham Sharabi and Dr. Samih Farsoun. Reflections on Dr. Barakat’s legacies will be given by Dr. Edmund Ghareeb and Dr. Michael C. Hudson with introductory remarks delivered by George S. Hishmeh, founding board member of The Jerusalem Fund and long-time colleague on the Palestine Center Committee.