2018 Palestine Center Annual Conference: Panel 1

Panelists Josh Ruebner, Lamis Deek, and Zena Agha address the issues of UNRWA, Activism, Legislation, Right of Return. Accompanying their presentations is a video prepared by Dr. Salman Abu Sitta on the attainable logistics of the right of return.

Education in Palestine

Dr. Abuhiljeh, president of Birzeit University, shares his insights on overcoming the many challenges posed to Palestinian higher education and the lead that Birzeit University has taken in establishing the Right to Education campaign, which has spread to other Palestinian universities. This event was cosponsored by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) and the Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS).

Discrimination, Police Brutality, and Racism: The Struggle of Arab Palestinians in Israel

Jafar Farah and Nabila Espanioly, co-founders of the Mossawa Center discuss the advocacy work and programs of the center. Their presentation highlights how Al Mossawwa Center develops programs to promote a democratic society, and acts against all forms of discrimination based on race, nationalism, religious affiliation, social status, gender, and disabilities.

The 2018 Edward Said Memorial Lecture with Dr. Sami AlBanna

In his delivery of the 2018 Edward Said Memorial Lecture, Dr. Sami AlBanna explores avenues of struggle and prospects for justice, equality, and democracy in the Middle East by examining the “Deal of the Century” and the loss of the war on Syria.

UNRWA’s Role and Impact in the Gaza Strip: A Refugee’s Perspective

In this talk, Mohammed Eid, a 28-year-old Palestine refugee and currently a Rotary Peace Scholar pursuing a master’s degree in Global Studies and International Development through a joint program at the University of North Carolina and Duke University, discusses growing up in Gaza and the role the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) played in his life.

Palestine and Us: Decolonizing America and Palestine

Piscataway elder, Rico Newman, discusses Indigenous Rights in the face of settlement in America and Palestine. This is the last installment in the 2018 Summer Intern Lecture Series “Palestine and Us: Contextualizing Palestine in American Political Activism,” which examines issues of intersectionality between the Palestinian cause and other contemporary social justice movements.

Palestine and Us: Grassroots Mobilization

Pastor and activist Rev. Graylan Hagler highlights the intersections between the Palestinian cause and other contemporary social movements. His work has focused on Black liberation, economic justice, community organizing, and mobilizing faith communities. You can follow him on Twitter @Graylanhagler.