FFIPP-NL: The consequences of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for The Right to Education, Spring 2010
Tuesday 23 March 2010 / doors open 20:00, start 20.30 hrs
Entrance: free for students, 5 euros for non-students
Location: CREA, Turfdraagsterpad 17, Amsterdam
Presentations by and panel discussion with:
- Tania Hary, Director International Relations at Israeli Human Rights Organization Gisha
- Lucy Royal-Dawson, Project Coordinator at Equalinrights, former coordinator of the Right to Education Campaign at the An-Najah National University in Nablus and PhD student on the right to education during conflicts.
Together with many human rights organizations, Gisha has persistently emphasized the obligations of Israel to ensure the free movement of people and goods in the occupied Palestinian territories. Particularly regretful is the prevention of Gazan students to take up funded places at universities outside Gaza as a consequence of the continuous blockade of the Gaza Strip. In addition, Operation Cast Lead (December 2008 – January 2009) caused immense human suffering and severely disrupted the infrastructure and educational system in the Gaza Strip. But also in the West Bank, students are directly affected by the Israeli restrictions. This observation leads us to the question: To what extent are students in Gaza and the West Bank prevented from exercising their right to higher education – enshrined in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights?
During a panel discussion, the speakers will review the circumstances in the Palestinian territories under which students exercise their right to education. Some of the issues which will be addressed:
- What is ‘the right to education’? – What is Israel’s responsibility as occupying power? – How does the right to freedom of movement relate to the right to education? – What are the consequences of Operation Cast Lead for the educational system in Gaza? – What are existing obstacles for students to seek higher education in the West Bank? – How will the consequences of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the educational system affect the Palestinian society in the long term? – What is the role of human rights organizations like Gisha, and the international community, in this matter?
This event is organized by The Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, the Netherlands (FFIPP-NL) in cooperation with A Different Jewish Voice (Een Ander Joods Geluid), Gate48 and Sivmo.
For more information, visit www.ffippnl.wordpress.com, www.gisha.org, www.equalinrights.org, www.eajg.nl, www.gate48.org and www.sivmo.nl
FFIPP-France Campus Speaking Tour, Spring 2009 Semester
"Eau, Environnement, Développement Durable: quels enjeux pour la paix en Israël et Palestine?"
du 09 au 13 mars 2009
en présence du Dr. Abdelrahman TAMINI,
Directeur Général du Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG), Expert des questions d'eau et d'environnement au Proche-Orient, Nominé au Prix Rammal pour sa contribution scientifique par l’association Euroscience (2007)
Lieux : Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Bruxelles, Amsterdam
« Dans la perspective d’un futur État palestinien et du passage d’une économie d’assistanat à une économie viable et plus classique : quel apport pour la microfinance ? »
du 09 au 13 mars 2009
avec Shir HEVER, Economiste israélien à l’Alternative Information Center (AIC), Diplômé de l’Université de Tel Aviv, Spécialiste de l’économie des Territoires palestiniens
et Reem ABBOUSHI, Directrice d’ASALA, Plateforme palestinienne pour la Microfinance.
Lieux : Paris, Menton, Marseille, Grenoble, Turin
FFIPP Campus activities include:
- Speaking tours for teams of Palestinian and Israeli faculty and students
- Film screening
- Speaking tours of Palestinian and Israeli artists
- Photo and art shows
- Please contact us if you want to invite a FFIPP speaker to your campus
Campus Speaking Tour, Phot Exhibit and Documentary Films
Through the Lens of Women Activists: Palestinian Film Maker and
Israeli Photographer Talk about the Nakba, Occupation, Justice and
Peace in Palestine/Israel.
A campus tour is planned for Rima Essa and Esti Tsal, March 31 to April
6 on the East Coast and April 6 to April 12 on the West Coast. Please
contact FFIPP, ASAP, to arrange for a visit by Rima and Esti with their
joint photo exhibit and the film, Ashes, by Rima Essa.
Rima Essa was born and raised in the north of Israel, close to the
Lebanon border. She became the first Palestinian to graduate from the
Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem. Rima is a film director,
producer, cinematographer and editor. Her first film, Ashes (2002), a
documentary portrait of her father, has been widely shown at film
festivals. Most recently, she co-directed Hole in the Wall (2006) for
the Alternative Information Centre in Jerusalem. Rima is currently a
research coordinator at the United Nations Development Fund for Women
in the occupied Palestinian territories and working at Sawa, a crisis
center for victims of physical and sexual abuse, serving the
Palestinian population in Jerusalem and the vicinity. Esti Tsal is a
long time Israeli peace activist, a member of MachsomWatch, a
photographer, and one of the curators of the exhibition, Endless
Checkpoints. MachsomWatch, in existence since 2001, is an organization
of Israeli women peace activists against the Israeli Occupation of the
territories and the systematic repression of the Palestinian nation.
MachsomWatch calls for the rejection of the policy that negates
Palestinian freedom of movement within their own territory and for an
end to the Occupation that destroys Palestinian society and inflicts
grievous harm on Israeli society.
The joint photo exhibit by Rima and Esti and the film Ashes by Rima are
also available to students and faculty independent of the speaking tour.
Monday, March 31, UMASS Amherst
Tuesday, April 1, Amherst College, Westfield State College, Smith College
Wednesday, April 2, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Thursday, April 3, John Hopkins University
Friday, April 4, Pennsylvania State University
Monday, April 7, Brandeis University
Tuesday, April 8, Boston College
Monday, April 14, Columbia University