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2012 Palestine Center Annual Conference - Panel IV

Friday, November 9, 2012

9 November 2012
The Palestine Center
Washington, DC 

2012 Palestine Center Annual Conference
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Panel IV - "Public Discourse on Palestine: Reasons for Optimism?"

Two decades after the start of the Oslo process there are more settlers and settlements in the West Bank today than ever before. Panelists will discuss whether the two-state solution is still viable, what challenges Palestinian reconciliation and representation present and evaluate Palestinian strategies for liberation.

Ms. Noura Erakat
Freedman Teaching Fellow
Temple Law School

Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and activist. She is currently the Freedman Teaching Fellow at the Temple Law School, and is the US-based Legal Advocacy Coordinator for Badil Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights. Most recently she served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, chaired by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich. Her publications include “Litigating the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Politicization anthology," and “BDS in the USA: 2001-2010,” in the Middle East Report. She is a Co-Editor of

Mr. Khaled Elgindy
Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Brookings Institution

Khaled Elgindy is a Fellow with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. He previously served as an advisor to the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah on permanent status negotiations with Israel from 2004-2009, and was a key participant in the Annapolis negotiations of 2008. He is the author of numerous publications on Arab-Israeli affairs, Palestinian politics, Egypt’s transition, and related subjects, including: “The Middle East Quartet: A Post-Mortem” (Brookings Institution, Feb. 2012); “Palestine Goes to the UN: Understanding the New Statehood Strategy,” Foreign Affairs (Sep./Oct. 2011); as well as “The Impact on the Peace Process: Peacemaker or Peacebreaker?” (with Salman Shaikh) and “The Palestinians: Between National Liberation and Political Legitimacy,” both in the recent Brookings volume, The Arab Awakening: America and the Transformation of the Middle East (Nov. 2011).

Ms. Leila Hilal
Director, Middle East Task Force
New America Foundation

Leila Hilal
is Director of the New America Foundation Middle East Task Force, which covers in-depth analysis and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa. From 2002 to 2007, she served as a legal adviser to the Palestinian Negotiations Department. She also advised the Palestinian Constitutional Committee during the drafting of the Basic Law. She has also consulted widely and published on conflict mediation policies in the Middle East, including for the Chatham House, International Development Research Center, International Center for Transitional Justice, Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, and the Euro-Med Human Rights Network.

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