66 Years and Counting: Al Nakba Continues
Tuesday, December 10, 7PM
New York University, Kimmel Center, Room 808
60 Washington Square South
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May 2014 marks the 66th anniversary of al Nakba, or the Catastrophe. Israel’s establishment resulted in, and required, the forcible displacement of Palestinians both within and outside of Palestine. Many fled their homes to neighboring Arab countries, including Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan where they settled in refugee camps. The Nakba and the resultant refugee population is central to the Israel-Palestinian conflict because it represents Israel’s settler-colonial political vision as well as Palestinian claims not simply for land but for rehabilitation. The question of refugees is essential to the discussion of any just resolution.
Palestinian refugees have a legal right to return to their homeland under international law, similar to all other refugee populations. Israel has denied them this right in an effort to maintain a demographic majority. Since the beginning of the Oslo Peace Process, this right has been subject to political negotiations, without reference to international law. As a result, it has become a negotiating chip for both parties rather than the non-negotiable human right it is in fact. The Palestinian refugee issue is the longest-lasting refugee crisis, and has created the single largest refugee population in modern times.
The forced removal and exile of Palestinians is not a single, historic event, but an ongoing condition defining their grievances and struggle. The confluence of laws, administrative orders, military rule, and High Court decisions work together to systematically reduce, concentrate and remove Palestinians from their homes and lands.
Join NOURA ERAKAT for an important discussion on the Palestinian refugee reality, the ongoing Nakba, and future roads to resolution. Also hear LEAP volunteers discuss meaningful ways to contribute to the Palestinian refugee camp community inLebanon.
Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and writer. She is currently a Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple University, Beasley School of Law and has taught International Human Rights Law and the Middle East at Georgetown University since Spring 2009. She is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya.com. She is also a member of the Legal Support Network for the Badil Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights. Her scholarly publications include: “Litigating the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Politicization of U.S. Federal Courts” in the Berkeley Law Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, “BDS in the USA: 2001-2010,”in the Middle East Report, and “New Imminence in the Time of Obama: The Impact of Targeted Killings on the Law of Self-Defense” forthcoming in the Arizona Law Review. She is the co-editor of the anthology Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Junctures.
This event is sponsored by NYU SJP and the LEAP Program.