Tuesday 15th October 2019, Robert Emmet lecture Hall, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin
Sadaka, Academics for Palestine, and TCD’s MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict invite you to celebrate the Irish launch of Noura Erakat’s bestselling new book, Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine. This promises to be an illuminating and inspiring evening with one of the leading critical Palestinian voices to have emerged in recent years. Noura’s book has been described by former UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Palestine, Richard Falk, as “the best book on the law and politics of the Palestine/Israel struggle — sophisticated, learned, humane, and creative”. Noura’s talk will be of profound interest to policymakers, legislators, advocates, academics, students and all concerned with the situation in Palestine.
Justice for Some offers a new understanding of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, told through the power and control of international law. Focusing on key junctures—from the Balfour Declaration in 1917 to present-day wars in Gaza—Noura Erakat shows how the strategic deployment of law has shaped current conditions. Over the past century, the law has done more to advance Israel’s interests than the Palestinians’. But, Erakat argues, this outcome was never inevitable. Law is politics, and its meaning and application depend on the political intervention of states and people alike. Within the law, change is possible. International law can serve the cause of freedom when mobilized in support of a political movement. Presenting the promise and risk of international law, Justice for Some calls for renewed action and attention to the question of Palestine.
Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and assistant professor at Rutgers University, New Jersey. She has served as legal counsel to the US House of Representatives and as a legal advocate for Palestinian refugee rights at the United Nations. Noura’s research interests include human rights and humanitarian, refugee, and national security law. She is a frequent commentator, with recent appearances on CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NPR, among others, and her writings have been widely published in the national media and academic journals
Response by Dr John Reynolds of Maynooth University.
ADMISSION FREE, ALL WELCOME
Join us on Wednesday 6th November 2019 in Trinity College Dublin to launch ‘Palestine +100’, the first ever anthology of science fiction from Palestine. The launch, featuring will British Palestinian writer, Selma Dabbagh and the editor, Basma Ghalayini, take place at 7pm in the Robert Emmet lecture theatre in the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.
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Palestine + 100 is the first anthology of science fiction from Palestine. The book poses a question to contemporary Palestinian writers: what might your home city look like in the year 2048 – exactly 100 years after Nakba, the displacement of more than 700,000 people? The result: contemporary Palestinian writers offering their own spin on the science fiction and fantasy genre.
Covering a range of approaches – from SF noir, to nightmarish dystopia, to high-tech farce – these stories use the blank canvas of the future to reimagine the Palestinian experience today. Along the way, we encounter drone swarms, digital uprisings, time-bending VR, peace treaties that span parallel universes, and even a Palestinian superhero, in the first anthology of science fiction from Palestine.
Join one of the contributors to this groundbreaking new collection of science-fiction stories, British Palestinian writer, Selma Dabbagh and the editor, Basma Ghalayini, as they discuss an anthology that uses possible futures as a vehicle for exploring the politics of the present.
Reading and discussion followed by Q&A
The event is hosted by the MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict in TCD in association with Academics for Palestine, and the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Authoritative Palestinian academic bodies are calling on states, academic institutions, multilateral research bodies and international academics not to recognize Ariel University and to refrain from any institutional relations with it.
Ariel University is an illegal institution, and is deeply and directly complicit in Israel’s system of oppression that has denied Palestinians their basic rights guaranteed by international law, including the right to education and academic freedom.
Complicity in international law violations
Ariel University is the most prominent of several Israeli institutions of higher education built in illegal Israeli colony-settlements on Palestinian land in the West Bank.
The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip were occupied by Israel in 1967 and are internationally considered as Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), in breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court considers such settlement of occupied territory a war crime.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 reconfirmed in 2016 that Israel’s settlement activity “has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.”
Moreover, Ariel University is deeply and directly complicit in Israel’s system of oppression that denies Palestinians their basic rights guaranteed by international law.
Obligations for institutions
Respecting international law, as a peaceful and universal means of conflict resolution, requires denying recognition to, and severing institutional relations with Ariel University as an illegal settlement institution.
Support for non-recognition of Ariel University
The original decision to upgrade Ariel college to a university was opposed by the Council of Presidents of Israeli Universities and by over 1,000 Israeli academics on the grounds that “involving Israeli academia in the ideology of conquest … threatens the ability of the Israeli academia to function.”
In August 2018, the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) voted overwhelmingly (164-0, with 17 abstentions) to support the Israeli Anthropological Association in its refusal to cooperate with the illegal institutions of higher education (located in Israel’s illegal settlements in the OPT) and to “pledge its own non-cooperation with these institutions.”
Who launched the call?
- Palestinian Ministry of Education
- Council of Palestinian Universities’ Presidents
- Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE)
- Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC)
What you can do:
Urge states and institutions to avoid being complicit in illegality, by:
(1) Refraining from accrediting or recognising any diplomas or qualifications conferred by Ariel University;
(2) Ending all links and agreements with the Israeli Council for Higher Education as long as it continues to accredit Ariel University.
International academics are called upon to:
(3) Decline to write or referee for journals published by Ariel or based in it;
(4) Refuse to participate in projects or attend conferences fully or partially sponsored by Ariel University or which include its representatives (dean, head of department or spokesperson) as participants;
(5) Urge universities, conferences and workshops not to host individual academics from Ariel University unless their affiliation properly indicates Ariel University as being built in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in violation of international law;
(6) Urge academic journals not to publish material identified with Ariel University unless properly indicated as being built in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in violation of international law;
(7) Advocate for academic societies to approve motions supporting the call from Palestinian academic bodies not to recognise/sever existing links with Ariel University;
(8) Reject any collaboration with Ariel University as an institution or with any of its bodies.
As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2019, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Academics for Palestine are proud to host acclaimed journalist and author Ben White for an evening of discussion about his latest book Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel (Pluto, 2018). Ben will speak on Thursday 28th February 2019 in the Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place (off O’Connell Street – map here), Dublin 1 at 7.00pm.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at a special discount price.
The last time Ben was in Dublin in 2010 he spoke to a capacity crowd in Trinity, so please come early to avoid missing out.
About ‘Cracks in the Wall’
After decades of occupation and creeping annexation, Israel has created an apartheid, one state reality in historic Palestine. Peace efforts have failed because of one, inconvenient truth: the Israeli maximum on offer does not meet the Palestinian minimum, or the standards of international law.
But while the situation on the ground is bleak, Ben White argues that there are widening cracks in Israel’s traditional pillars of support. Opposition to Israeli policies and even critiques of Zionism are growing in Jewish communities, as well as amongst Western progressives. The election of Donald Trump has served as a catalyst for these processes, including the transformation of Israel from a partisan issue into one that divides the US establishment. Meanwhile, the Palestinian-led boycott campaign is gathering momentum, prompting a desperate backlash by Israel and its allies.
With sharp analysis, Ben White says now is the time to plot a course that avoids the mistakes of the past – a way forward beyond apartheid in Palestine. The solution is not partition and ethnic separation, but equality and self-determination – for all.
About the Author
Ben White is a journalist and analyst, who has been visiting and writing about Palestine for over a decade. His books include Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy (Pluto, 2011), Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide (Pluto, 2014), and Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel (Pluto, 2018). His articles have been published by the Guardian, Independent, Newsweek Middle East, and many others. Ben is a frequent guest expert on Al Jazeera, and is a contributor for Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network.
Praise for the book
‘Important, essential reading for all who care about the rule of law and the rights of Palestinians’ – Ken Loach, film director
‘With his usual incisive gaze, Ben White unfolds for us the Palestine/Israel reality as it is and cuts through the layers of misinformation, deceit and ignorance’ – Ilan Pappé, University of Exeter
‘Smashes through stifling conventional wisdom that there’s no prospect for justice and peace in Palestine.’ – Ali Abunimah, author and co-founder, The Electronic Intifada
‘Provides valuable and profound insights into the present apartheid reality of Israel as a ‘Jewish state’, and contributed to our understanding of the international dimensions of the Palestinian struggle. This is not just sharp analysis but an urgent call to action’ – Haneen Zoabi, Member of Israeli Knesset
‘Will appeal to those who need a short introduction to these issues, and to those who follow them obsessively. A highly useful resource; engaged writing at its best’ – Charles H. Manekin, Prof. of Philosophy and Jewish Studies, University of Maryland
‘With a brilliant combination of a bird’s eye vision and a forensic examination of the facts, Ben White has shown prominent cracks in Israel’s wall of impunity that may augur the end of its apartheid system’ – Omar Barghouti, co-founder, BDS Movement
Public Lecture: Critiquing Zionism: A Palestinian Standpoint with Dr. Nimer Sultany
7pm, Wednesday 26th March 2019
Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre
Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin
Israel’s 2018 Nation-State Basic Law, which constitutionalises Jewish supremacy, has been explained away by some as a mere aberration from Zionism’s liberal ideals. This talk will revisit early (pre-1948) progressive critiques of Zionism to show that from its beginnings Zionism has been practiced and perceived as illiberal, non-democratic and intertwined with colonialism. Against that backdrop, Dr. Sultany will reflect on the challenges and necessities of critiquing Zionism today, at a time when expansive, problematic definitions of antisemitism are being deployed in attempts to smear or silence anti-Zionist critique and activism.
About the Speaker
Dr. Nimer Sultany is Senior Lecturer in Law at SOAS, University of London.
His recent book Law & Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring (Oxford University Press, 2017) was awarded the Society of Legal Scholars Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship.
Hosted by Academics for Palestine
Dr. Munir Nuseibeh
Director, Al Quds Human Rights Clinic (AQHRC)
‘Forcible Displacement: The Case of Jerusalem’s Palestinians’
Venue: Johnathan Swift Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
Date & Time: 7pm, Wednesday 24th October 2018
Hosted by Academics For Palestine and MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict – Trinity College Dublin