How to say Awda in Hebrew – Dismantling the fear of Palestinian return within Israeli society
Date(s) - 09/16/2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
The Palestine Center
The Jerusalem Fund
Based in Tel Aviv, Zochrot has focused since 2002 on the recognition of and responsibility for the Nakba among the Israeli public. The only organization in Israel to focus on the right of return, it has stirred much controversy within Israeli communities. It contains one of the most extensive archives on the Nakba, including an online archive of all depopulated villages, their histories, dates of demolition and names of Israeli settlements that replaced them, as well as an archive of testimonies from Nakba survivors and other related materials. As the work of Zochrot has developed, and mention of the Nakba in Hebrew became more acceptable, it has focused more on the right of return and presented a vision of a shared, post-return, de-colonized life in Palestine in a society where all inhabitants and returnees can live as equals, in mutual respect.
Rachel Beitarie will discuss Zochrot’s vision, the challenges it faces, and its strategies for educating Jewish-Israeli society. She will discuss why it is essential to have this conversation in Hebrew, as part of a process of de-Zionisation within Israeli society.
Biography of Speaker
Rachel Beitarie is managing director of Zochrot and a feminist political activist. She was born and raised in a Zionist family near the depopulated Palestinian village of Bashshiit, of which she knew nothing growing up. Rachel earned her LLB from Tel Aviv University and worked as a journalist and editor for several news organizations. She covered human rights, political and social issues in China as a Beijing-based reporter, and worked as media coordinator for the human rights organization Gisha, focusing on Gaza. She lives in the occupied Palestinian town of Jaffa.