Middle East Monitor presents its first event of 2016, “Targeting dissent: Israel’s crackdown on Palestinian citizens” which will take place on 30th January at P21 Gallery from 13:00-15:00.
The event will focus on the numerous human rights violations that Israel – a western-backed democratic state – regularly undertakes against Palestinians, in particular Palestinians living within its borders. Israel has continually violated and continues to violate international law and the human rights treaties to which it is a signatory through its discriminatory policies, particularly against those Palestinians living as Israeli citizens within the Green Line.
Israeli policies render Palestinians as second-class citizens in all social, economic and political aspects of society. Palestinian citizens are ill-represented, particularly due to Israel’s regular exclusion and harassment of parliamentarians within the Knesset. Arab municipalities are substantially under-funded compared to Jewish towns and as such their inhabitants fail to have the same quality of schooling, housing and economic welfare as Jewish Israelis. This racial discrimination includes the banning of political and religious movements where in November last year, the Israeli government enforced a ban on the Islamic Movement (IM) in Israel in addition to a further 20 Arab civic organisations. Movements such as the IM are immeasurably important for Palestinians who cannot rely on the Israeli state and this event will seek to highlight such measures which continuously place Palestinians at a severe disadvantage.
The event will be panelled by four speakers:
Dr. Yousef T. Jabareen:Lecturer at the University of Haifa and Tel-Hai Academic College, and head of the sub-department of Social Education who has served as the founding Director of the Arab Centre for Law and Policy, Dirasat, based in Nazareth and was elected to the Knesset as a member of the Joint Arab List in 2015.
Dr. Durgham Saif:Professor at Al-Quds University in Abu-Dis, Palestine, who has served as an adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, where he also received his doctorate degree with distinction. He is a member of the Israeli Bar Association and specialises in constitutional and administrative law.
Malia Bouattia:Black Students’ Officer of the National Union of Students (NUS).
Ben White:Journalist, and author of ‘Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy’.
The event will be chaired byBaroness Hussein-Ece OBE, a British Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords and Liberal Democrat Lords Principal Spokesperson for Equalities.
The event will be by registration only as we will have limited seats available and therefore encourage you to register your place as soon as possible,click here to register.Registration will close on 29th January. Any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact our coordinator Yasmina Allouche (firstname.lastname@example.org / 02088380231).