50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem

50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem

Dit programma vindt plaats in het Engels / this program is in English

2017 marks the 50th year of Israel’s military conquest of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Since the Six-Day War of June 1967, the Israeli’s have occupied Palestinian territories with military rule and a Jew-only settlement strategy. Since 1967, 126 settlements and dozens of “outpost” have been built. Today, more than 600,00 Israeli citizens live on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. Israel has withdrawn settlements from Gaza, but the strict Israeli blockade has turned Gaza in an open-air prison for the approximately 1.8 million Palestinian refugees.

The West Bank settlements, infrastructure and agricultural land are built on Palestinian land and constitute flagrant violations of international law and many UN Security Council resolutions. The existence of the settlements infringes on Palestinian human rights and seriously block the Palestinian right of self-determination and they impede the creation of a viable Palestinian state.

The Israeli journalist Amira Hass (from the daily Ha’aretz) will focus on the consequences of the occupation for both Palestinians and Israeli’s and on future perspectives.

The world community considers the Israeli settlements illegal and practically no country recognizes the Israeli sovereignty over East-Jerusalem. However, why does the world tolerate 50 years of occupation, dispossession and discrimination? The Palestinian-American political scientist and journalist Rami Khouri will try to answer these questions.

The Palestinian economist and former PLO-ambassador in France Hind Khoury will be interviewed about her memories of the Six-Day War and the occupation of the West Bank. She will also talk about the position of Christian Palestinians in Israel and Palestine

Apart from Hass, Khouri and Khoury, we welcome musicians, writers, actors and activists. Not only to remember 50 years of occupation, but also to make a statement: stop the violation of human rights, stop Israeli colonization and stop the illegal settlements.

This program is funded by:
The Rights Form (co-producer) | Een ander Joods GeluidStichting Groningen – JabalyaFonds VredesprojectenKairos Sabeel


18:00 Inloop

19:00 Interview: Hind Khoury will be interviewed by Hassnae Bouazza
19:20 Ibrahim Mousa: theatrical monologue Transit
Music: Shaza Hayek

19:55 Dinner with at 20.15 column by Kader Abdolah

20:40 Statement Dries van Agt
20:45 Lecture Amira Hass
21:15  Lecture Rami Khouri
21:45 Conversation between Amira Hass, Rami Khouri, Hind Khoury and Hassnae Bouazza
22:10 End of program


We will be serving:

  • fresh bread with three types of hummus,
  • couscous salad with pomegranate, mint, coriander and shave almond,
  • rich soup with orange lentils, chickpeas and brocolli
  • fried falafel with eggplant-garlic sauce
  • baklava
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Rami Khouri

Rami Khouri (1948, New York) is a Palestinian journalist and scientist. He has been the editor-in-chief of The Jordan Times, has worked for the Lebanese newspaper Daily Star and has hosted programmes on Jordan radio and television. He has published in the Financial Times, the Boston Globe and in the Washington Post. Khouri is a frequent guest on Al Jazeera English. He is currently director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at  the American University of Beirut.




Amira Hass

Amira Hass (1956, Jerusalem) is an Israeli journalist for the daily newspaper Ha’aretz. Since 1989, she has reported extensively about the reality of the Israeli occupation. She is particularly recognized for her reporting on Palestinian affairs in the West Bank and Gaza, where she has also lived for a number of years. Hass has paid equal attention to the violation of human rights by the Israeli Defence Force and by Palestinian politicians. According to her, Israeli politics mean apartheid. Amira Hass has been granted many awards: the World Press Freedom Hero Award, the Prince Claus Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation and the Reporters Without Borders Prize for Press Freedom to name a few.




Kader Abdolah

Kader Abdolah © Yvette Wolterinck

Kader Abdolah (pen-name of Hossein Farahani, 1954, Arak, Iran) is a Dutch novelist and columnist. He has written Spijkerschrift, De reis van de lege flessen, Het huis van de moskee and many other novels and essays.







Ibrahim Mousa

Ibrahim Mousa is a Dutch-Palestinian writer and actor and creates theatre performances. He will play a part of his theatrical monologue Transit.








Dries van Agt

Dries van Agt (1931) is a former Dutch prime-minister. Since his active political career he is founder and chairman of The Rights Forum.




Hind Khoury

Hind Khoury

Hind Khoury (Bethlehem, 1953) is a Palestinian economist. She studied economics at Bir Zeit University and at the American University in Beirut. Because of the Lebanese Civil war, Khoury returned to Bethlehem. After the First Intifada, she studied management at Beersheba and worked for the UN Development Programme. In 2005, Khoury became Minister of Jerusalem Affairs in the Palestinian National Authority. She was the delegate general of the Palestine Liberation Organization in France from 2006 until 2010 and is General Secretary of Kairos Palestine.

Shaza Hayek

Shaza Hayek has studied classical Arabic singing at Damascus music school. She has been performing in the Syrian Opera House and in several other Arabic countries. Since 2015, Hayek has lived in the Netherlands and has performed on festivals like Music Meeting and the Grachtenfestival. Apart from classical Arabic repertoire, she also sings Dutch songs.







Moderator: Hassnae Bouazza

Hassnae Bouazza is a Dutch journalist, translator and en programmer. She has studied English and French in Utrecht and writes for Vrij Nederland, NRC, de Volkskrant, the website Frontaal Naakt and the Arabic site of the Dutch Wereldomroep. Bouazza also judges books for the Dutch Foundation for Literature and is a programmer for Writers Unlimited.