Meet Palestinians through the decades at Nov. 3 conference in Northfield

Nov 3 2018 9:30 am
Nov 3 2018 3:30 pm
Location: 
St John's Lutheran Church

In a time when the circumstances of the Palestinian people become more insecure each day, Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel presents “Palestinians: Past, Present and Future.” The conference aims to provide participants with the tragic historical background of the crisis, examine the current inhumane conditions and explore the potential for economic activism in the international community. The conference is 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Nov. 3, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St W., Northfield.

Providing historical context is Dr. Ibtesam Al Atiyat. A second-generation refugee herself of the 1948 Nakba (Arabic for “catastrophe”), Al Atiyat will present, “The Palestinian Nakba: Reflections on the Right to Return.” She will tell the story of her family’s flight from their native village in northern Palestine. She will reflect on various solutions proposed for the on-going crisis and discuss what is required for Palestine to truly be free. Al Atiyat is an associate professor of Sociology and Anthropology at St. Olaf College in Northfield. She earned her Ph.D. in Berlin, Germany, and has taught there as well as in Jordan, where she was born and raised.

Human rights lawyer Jonathan Kuttab will speak on “Human Rights, International Law and the Question of Apartheid.” He will examine how Israel’s imposition of two different legal systems – a civilian system for Israelis and a military system for Palestinians – as well as other privileges for Israelis in the West Bank meet the international definition of apartheid. Kuttab earned his law degree at Virginia Law School. In 1979 he co-founded Al Haq, one of the first human rights organizations the Arab world. Kuttab lives and practices law in East Jerusalem.

Dr. Dalit Baum will present “Boycott-Divest-Sanction: The Promise and Challenge of the BDS Movement.” In her talk, Baum will explore how people of conscience can take on the corporations that maintain the occupation of Palestine and will ask the ultimate question: “Can BDS liberate Palestine?” Baum, an Israeli and BDS activist, is director of the Economic Activism Program of the American Friends Service Committee. She co-founded Who Profits from the Occupation research center and the Coalition of Women for Peace.

General registration is $40; student registration is $10. Scholarships are available. Registration includes presentations, a panel discussion and a light lunch. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3611307.

The conference is presented by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, an ecumenical group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocate for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel.

Co-sponsoring the event are color:windowtext">First United Church of Christ, Northfield, the MICAH Group of Northfield United Methodist Church and the Mission and Justice Committee of Bethel Lutheran Church, Northfield.

For more information about the event or NJP, visit the website at www.njpmn.org or write to info@njpmn.org.

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Happy children in Palestine
Nakba, 1948
Qalandiya checkpoint , 2016