18 November
2021
Type of event: 
Conflating Human Rights Advocacy With Terrorism: Israel's Designation of Six Palestinian Human Rights Organizations as 'Terrorist'
Organizing office: 
IPS Washington
In partnership with: 
Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: 
Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Language: 
English
Location: 
Online
Venue: 
Zoom
Event Theme: 
About the event: 

Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 1pm-2:15pm ET | 8pm-9:15pm Palestine

Israel’s Ministry of Defense designated six prominent Palestinian human rights organizations — Al-Haq, Defense for Children International - Palestine, Addameer, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees — as “terrorist organizations” on Friday October 22nd, 2021. These organizations now face increased political isolation and operational challenges as they continue to work to expose and seek accountability for Israeli human rights abuses. 

Join the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the Institute for Palestine Studies for a panel discussion on 18 November 2021 with Sahar Francis (Addameer), Khaled Quzmar (Defense for Children International - Palestine), Katherine Franke (Columbia Law School) Maria LaHood (Center for Constitutional Rights) and Rashid Khalidi (Columbia University). The event will begin at 1pm NY / 8pm Palestine.

The conversation will address the work of Addameer and Defense for Children International-Palestine in particular, the new challenges imposed by the Israeli government's designation, and how the organizations plan to move forward. 

About the two aforementioned organizations

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association is a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution that works to support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. Established in 1991 by a group of activists interested in human rights, the center offers free legal aid to political prisoners, advocates their rights at the national and international level, and works to end torture and other violations of prisoners' rights through monitoring, legal procedures and solidarity campaigns. Read more

Defense for Children International - Palestine is an independent, local Palestinian child rights organization dedicated to defending and promoting the rights of children living in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Since 1991, we have investigated, documented, and exposed grave human rights violations against children; provided legal services to children in urgent need; held Israeli and Palestinian authorities accountable to universal human rights principles; and advocated at the international and national levels to advance access to justice and protection for children. Read more.

About the speakers: 

Sahar Francis is General Director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Read more.

Katherine Franke is James L. Dohr Professor of Law, Columbia Law School. Read more

Rashid Khalidi is Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University. Read more.

Maria LaHood is Deputy Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Read more.

Khaled Quzmar is General Director of Defense for Children International - Palestine. Read more.

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