7th Education Webinar | Forgotten Palestinians: Strangers in Their Homeland
Date(s) - 01/22/2021
The Nakba (catastrophe) is the ongoing displacement, fragmentation, and oppression of the Palestinian people by the settler-colonial Zionist movement, originally aided and abetted by the British empire. As a result, Palestinians are scattered throughout historic Palestine, the surrounding Arab countries, and beyond, the majority of whom are refugees. While approximately 750,000 were dispossessed from their homes from 1948-1049, an estimated 160,000 remained in what became the State of Israel. A population that was always the indigenous majority now became a foreign minority, strangers in their ancestral homeland.
For more than 70 years since the beginning of the Nakba, the Palestinians who remained in Israel have been stripped of their national identity (i.e. Palestinian), and instead referred to in Zionist discourse as “Israeli Arabs.” Israel’s attempt at consolidating its settler-colonial project involved a multifaceted process that included the imposition of military rule on these Palestinians from 1948-1966, and institutionally discriminating in apartheid fashion against the Palestinians in all fields of life, including politics, education, infrastructure, social services, and property rights. As a result of this attempt at the erasure of Palestinian identity and culture, these Palestinians have been forgotten and dismissed from mainstream political discourse, relegating them to second- or third-class citizenship in Israel, and almost unspoken of in the Palestinian liberation struggle.
On Friday, January 22nd, join us at 6:00 PM Eastern for a special webinar where we will be hosting a live discussion on Facebook and YouTube with the following featured speakers on these topics:
– Dr. Maha Nassar: Award-winning associate professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona and author of Brothers Apart: Palestinian Citizens of Israel and the Arab World.
– Jamil Dakwar: Human rights lawyer and chair of Adalah Justice Project’s advisory board.
The purpose of this webinar is to remember the significance of the Palestinian citizens of Israel to the broader Palestinian national project.