Israeli Settlements and Occupation: The Case of Hebron and Beyond Palestinian Nonviolent Popular Struggle for Justice
Date(s) - 05/06/2016
Rev. Fahed Abuakel
Internationally renowned Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro will speak about nonviolent activism in the West Bank city of Hebron where some of the most ideological and vicious Israeli settlers reside. Issa will talk about his work as the coordinator of Youth Against Settlements (YAS), a Hebron based organization that documents human rights abuses and encourages local families to resist nonviolently and remain steadfastly in their homes despite severe restrictions on freedom of movement and ongoing attacks by settlers and soldiers. He will outline YAS’s annual Open Shuhada Street campaign and their new Families Freedom of Movement campaign to end the closed military zone restrictions that have placed a stranglehold on Hebron families since November 2015. Issa will connect his direct work on the ground in Hebron with the need for the international community to engage in campaigns to hold companies responsible for doing business in the settlements.
In 2009 Issa won the One World media award for his involvement in B’Tselem’s “Shooting Back” project. In 2010 he became the OHCHR human rights defender of the year in Palestine and in 2013 he was declared a Human Rights Defender by the European Union.
Issa’s visit to Atlanta cosponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace-Atlanta, Joining Hands for Justice in Israel and Palestine, International Action Center, Project South, Kairos Mission Group of Oakhurst Baptist Church, Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition and Interfaith Peace Builders.