We in Academics for Palestine stand in solidarity with those protesting racist violence and injustice, particularly our colleagues in the USA as well as our comrades of colour who are leading the anti-racist movements here in Ireland. We denounce anti-black racism everywhere, in all its forms, including that which gave rise to the recent US police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others before them. We call for an end to the structural injustices and systemic State violence that perpetuate the cycle of discrimination, inequality and hatred.
This is the time for radical change, the time to end the toxic and enduring legacies of colonialism, slavery and segregation rooted in notions of white supremacy. Now is the time to transform the political, economic, and social systems developed to privilege a few at the cost of many.
As Academics for Palestine we recognise the power of connecting emancipatory struggles and we make common cause with those struggling for justice. Black Lives Matter!
Academics for Palestine, Ireland, June 2020
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
Ronit Lentin’s new book “Traces of Racial Exception: Racializing Israeli Settler Colonialism” will be launched by Professor Neve Gordon of SOAS.
Friday 19th October, Robert Emmet Thearte, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
The launch will be followed by a wine reception.
Positioning race front and centre, this book theorizes that political violence, in the form of a socio-political process that differentiates between human and less-than-human populations, is used by the state of Israel in racializing and ruling the citizens of occupied Palestine.
Lentin argues that Israel’s rule over Palestine is an example of Agamben’s state of exception, Goldberg’s racial state and Wolfe’s settler colony; the Israeli racial settler colony employs its laws to rule besieged Palestine, while excluding itself and its Jewish citizen-colonists from legal instruments and governmental technologies. Governing through emergency legislation and through practices of exception, emergency, necessity and security, Israel positions itself outside domestic and international law.
Employing existing media, activist, and academic accounts of racialization this book deliberately breaks from white, Western theorizations of biopolitics, exception, and bare life, and instead foregrounds race and gender in analysing settler colonial conditions in Israel.
Ronit Lentin is former associate professor of sociology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and founder of the MPhil in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict. She has published extensively on Palestine-Israel, racism and immigration in Ireland. Her recent books include: Thinking Palestine (2008), Post-Memory and Melancholia: Israelis Memorialising the Palestinian Nakba (2010) and Migrant Activism and Integration from Below in Ireland (2012).
Neve Gordon is Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS London. His research focuses on international law, human rights, the ethics of violence, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and political theory. His most recent book, The Human Right to Dominate (written with Nicola Perugini) was published in 2015 by Oxford University Press.He is currently working on a new book project dealing with the history and politics of human shields.
The book launch is organised by Academics for Palestine in association with the TCD MPhil In Race, Ethnicity and Conflict.
The Great March of Return, Israel’s Assault on Gaza & the Struggle for Justice in Palestine
Wednesday 13th June 2018, 7-9pm
Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1
In this timely and important talk, pre-eminent Palestinian human rights defender
Shawan Jabarin will address recent developments in Gaza: the remarkable mass
movement that emerged in the form of the Great March of Return, and the
response of the Israeli military – including the use of lethal force and explosive
bullets against civilians, as well as open-fire rules of engagement that have been
approved by the Israeli Supreme Court. Jabarin will also address the diverse range
of ongoing attempts to hold Israel to account for its violations of international
law in the Palestinian territories – from potential war crimes investigations by the
International Criminal Court to forthcoming proposed legislation in Ireland to
ban trade with illegal settlements in occupied territories.
About the speaker
Shawan Jabarin is the General Director of Al-Haq, the largest, oldest and best
known human-rights organization in the Palestinian territories. In 2011 he was
appointed to the Human Rights Watch Middle East Advisory Board, and in 2013
he was elected as a Commissioner for the International Commission of Jurists. In
2016 he was elected Secretary-General of FIDH: International Federation of
After studying sociology at Birzeit University in the 1980s, Jabarin later studied
law in Ireland. He is a graduate of the Irish Centre of Human Rights, NUI
Galway, where he completed the LL.M programme in 2004-05, supported by a
grant from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Irish Aid programme. In
2010, the Irish Centre of Human Rights presented him with its first and only
distinguished graduate award.
Jabarin began volunteering with Al-Haq while he was a student at Birzeit
University. He joined Al-Haq as a field researcher in 1987. He became its director
in 2006. He has been subject to administrative detention without trial, travel bans
and death threats for his work as a human rights defender, and has been
supported in campaigns by Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders, Israeli
human rights organisation B’Tselem, and others. He was awarded the Reebok
Human Rights Award in 1990 for his defence of freedom of expression and
human rights, and has been received numerous other human rights awards since,
personally and on behalf of Al-Haq.
Organised by Academics for Palestine in association with the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.