What Next for Palestine?
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By November 22, who knows what will be happening in the world — given the US elections, Covid, upheaval and uprisings worldwide. Don’t miss this chance to hear from two brilliant and compelling activist/scholars about the effects on Palestine and what we can do. Join us!
ILAN PAPPE, Ph.D., directs the European Center of Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter in the U.K. He is an Israeli historian and activist, the son of German Jewish parents who fled Nazi persecution in the 1930s. Pappe has published 15 books, including the groundbreaking The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006), which debunks the myth that the Palestinian population left of their own accord. He documents that part of Israel’s founding ideology was the forcible removal of the indigenous population: between 1947- 1949, over 400 Palestinian villages were destroyed, civilians were massacred, and approximately one million men, women, and children were expelled from their homes at gunpoint. Called “Israel’s bravest historian” by journalist John Pilger, Pappe left Israel in 2008 after finding it it “increasingly difficult” to live there with his “unwelcome views and convictions,” including his support of economic, political and academic boycotts of Israel.
DIANA BUTTU is a Canadian-Palestinian human rights attorney. In 2000, she moved to the occupied West Bank where she served as a legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team and later to the Palestinian president. She was part of the team that assisted in the successful litigation of the Wall before the International Court of Justice. Buttu resigned from her post in 2005 but remains a frequent commentator on Middle East politics and human rights, with op-eds and appearances in media outlets such as the NYT, CNN, BBC, Aljazeera, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Buttu is the recipient of the Stelle Solidariete Italian prize for her human rights work; she was the Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow at Harvard Law School, holding an appointment with the Kennedy School and Law School at the same time. In a 2018 opinion piece in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Buttu stated, “It is repugnant that the world demands that Palestinians negotiate their freedom, while Israel continues to steal Palestinian land.”
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