Presented by Dr. Sa’ed Atshan on Thursday, May 24 at Noon (Eastern-US)
All successful civil resistance movements need to build unity, develop creative strategies, and increase their level of nonviolent discipline. They also need to secure defections of many key pillars of support for the institutional target opposing the movement’s goals of rights, freedom, and justice if they hope to change the balance of power sufficiently. In the Palestinian struggle, there has always been a range of choices about how to engage with Israeli jewish citizens, deepen their understanding of the human rights abuses of the Occupation carried out in their name, and invite Israelis to defect from their government’s oppressive policies by engaging in joint civil resistance campaigns for equality and human rights for all in Israel/Palestine. In this webinar, we will examine several cases to explore what accounts for various responses, which range from Palestinian civil society’s embrace or disavowal of Israeli civil society. What does the emerging Palestinian slogan, “anti-normalization” mean in this context? What remains of people-to-people programs and Track III diplomacy between Israelis and Palestinians? Why is “co-resistance” now the preferred mode of action for many social justice activists in Israel/Palestine today? This webinar will address these questions and provide examples of contemporary joint Israeli-Palestinian nonviolent resistance campaigns.
Dr. Sa’ed Atshan is an Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College. He previously served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He earned a Joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies and an M.A. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, and a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore in 2006 where he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and a Lang Scholar. His research interests are at the intersection of peace and conflict studies, the anthropology of policy, critical development studies and gender and sexuality studies. He has been awarded multiple graduate fellowships, including from the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. He is also the recipient of a Soros Fellowship and a Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace. He has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the U.N. High Commission on Refugees, Human Rights Watch, Seeds of Peace, the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs Department, and the Government of Dubai. He is Quaker, grew up in Palestine, and is also an LGBTQ rights activist.
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