Israel – Palestine discussion 2018 | The Palestinian right of return. Why, how and who?

Summery of the content of this program

While Israel was created as a homeland for Jews, it has also meant the expulsion of the Palestinian people. Palestinians that once lived in the land in which Israel was established in 1948 or the land that was later occupied by Israel are now displaced all over the world. It has been estimated that over six million Palestinian refugees and their descendants currently live outside historic Palestine.

What is the future of these Palestinians? Already in 1948, The UN General Assembly declared, in resolution 194, that the Palestinian refugees have a right of return. But is it desirable and realistic to implement this right? If so, how should it be implemented? What does the right mean to the Palestinian diaspora? Is it important to them? And what does it mean in practice for the settlement of the conflict and the future of Israel and Palestine?

We have two prominent guests that will discuss these questions.

Ali Abunimah is a Palestinian-American journalist and the co-founder and executive director of the widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada, an online platform focusing on Palestine. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago, he is a frequent speaker on the Middle East, contributing regularly to numerous publications. He has been an active part of the movement for justice in Palestine for twenty years

Eitan Bronstein Aparicio is a an Israeli educator. He received his MA in Hermeneutics from Bar Ilan University. After serving for over ten years as the coordinator of encounters and projects between Jews and Arabs at the School for Peace at Neve Shalom – Wahat al-Salam – he founded the NGO Zochrot and served as its Director until 2011. In 2015 he co-founded De-Colonizer, and is its current co-director. He is also a video director and editor.

Moderator: Janneke Stegeman, theologian

This discussion is organized by the Leonhard-Woltjer Foundation (LWS) in co-operation with Een Ander Joods Geluid (A Different Jewish Voice) and De Nieuwe Liefde.

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