Hisham B. Sharabi Memorial Lecture with Dr. Juan Cole

In his talk, Statelessness: The Core of the Palestinian Issue, Dr. Juan Cole argues that the core of the issue is the statelessness of the Palestinians and that all the other problems stem from this condition. He explores the meaning of statelessness for human and civil rights, property rights, and standing in negotiations, as well as with regard to international regimes of law and diplomacy.

A Conversation with Filmmaker Annemarie Jacir

A stimulating interview with Palestinian-American film director, Annemarie Jacir, who just screened her latest work “Lamma Shoftak” (When I Saw You) at the DC International Film festival.

Back Stories: U.S. News Productions and Palestinian Politics

Studying how journalists work in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Nablus, and on the tense roads that connect these cities, Amahl Bishara demonstrates how the production of U.S. news about Palestinians depends on multifaceted collaborations, typically invisible to Western readers. She focuses on the work that Palestinian journalists do behind the scenes and below the bylines.

Turbulent Times in Palestine: The Diaries of Khalil Totah,1886-1955

This lecture focuses on Totah’s contributions to Palestinian education during his years at as the headmaster of the elite Men’s Teacher Training College (Kuliyah al-Arabiyya) in Jerusalem and his long tenure as Principal of the widely popular Friends Quaker schools in Ramallah.

Iyad Burnat and the Nonviolent Movement in Bil’in

Iyad Burnat tells the stories of Bil’in in the occupied West Bank and discusses strategies for nonviolent popular resistance with a goal of peace and prosperity for all people. His presentation is accompanied by photos and video clips, many of which are in the Oscar nominated film “5 Broken Cameras” by his brother Emad Burnat.

The Israeli Elections: Implications for U.S. Policy and Palestinians

Parliamentary elections in Israel are scheduled for 22 January and are expected to bring forward a pro-settlement government that is more right-wing than the current government. What implications does this have on U.S.-Israel relations? What will this mean for Israeli policy toward Palestinians and Palestinian territory? How will this new political reality effect diplomatic efforts for progress?

Palestine: The Israeli Occupation and the Limits of the Palestinian Economy

The IMF, World Bank and UN have recently concluded that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is now able to conduct the sound economic policies expected of a future well-functioning Palestinian state, given its solid track record in reforms. However, several recent developments have posed serious risks to the PA’s state-building capacity, and are also jeopardizing social stability in the Palestinian territories.