Conference Program

Saturday 12th May

10am                     REGISTRATION

10.30am               WELCOMING SPEECHES

Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha – Lord Mayor of Dublin
Mazyounah Abushrour – Palestinian Grandmother

11am                    SESSION 1:
RETURN IS OUR RIGHT AND OUR DESTINY: THE NAKBA, PALESTINIAN REFUGEES & THE RIGHT OF RETURN

In 1947 Israel-Zionist paramilitary forces began the process of ethnically cleansing over 750,000 indigenous Palestinians from their homes, forcing them into exile so that, on May 15th 1948, the state of Israel could be established in their homeland. Palestinians call this period Al Nakba, Arabic for ‘The Catastrophe’. These refugees, now numbering millions, are still denied their right of return under international law. This panel will discuss the history, present and future of the refugees, and how they can and will return.

Lubnah Shomali BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights
Eitan Bronstein Aparicio De-Colonizer Research and Art Laboratory for Social Change, and cofounder of Zochrot.
Chair: Dr. Conor McCarthy – English Lecturer in Maynooth University, Academics for Palestine and co-founder of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign

1pm                       LUNCH (Not provided)

2pm                       SESSION 2:
SUMUD & STRUGGLE: PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE TO ISRAEL COLONIALISM & APARTHEID TODAY

30 years after the outbreak of the first intifada and a decade after the end of the second, what does Palestinian grassroots resistance look like today? Whether anti-discrimination protests of Palestinian citizens inside the state of Israel, creative resilience in besieged Gaza, or grassroots organising against military occupation in the West Bank, Palestinian activism remains vibrant, empowering and inspiring.

Haneen Zoabi MK Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament for the Joint List
Jamal Juma’ Coordinator of the Stop The Wall Campaign in Palestine
Dr. Mona El FarraDirector of Gaza Projects of the Middle East Children’s Alliance
Chair: Dr. Harry Browne – Journalist, Lecturer in DIT, and member of Gaza Action Ireland

4pm                       SESSION 3:
BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT & SANCTIONS: A STRATEGY TO HELP FREE PALESTINE

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was founded in 2005, modelled on the international campaign that helped end apartheid in South Africa. In just 13 years it has grown globally to such an extent that Israel now calls it an “existential threat” to its system of apartheid, and is unsuccessfully investing millions of dollars to counteract it. Yet BDS continues to grow. Whether you are a human rights activist, a trade unionist, a student, a professional or just doing your weekly shop, BDS means everyone can play a part in helping Palestinians to secure Freedom, Justice, Equality and a genuine peace in the Palestine-Israel region.

Omar BarghoutiPalestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the BDS Movement
Fatin Al TamimiChairperson of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Eamon McMahon Secretary of Trade Union Friends of Palestine
Chair: Dr. Raymond Deane – Composer and co-founder of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign

6pm                       CONFERENCE DAY 1 ENDS

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Sunday 13th May

12pm                     REGISTRATION

12.30pm               SESSION 4:
APARTHEID, INTERNATIONAL LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS & WORKERS’ RIGHTS

Apartheid, colonialism, ethnic cleansing, international law, human rights; some of the many terms you will hear when the issue of Palestine is being discussed. But what exactly do they mean in the context of the Palestine issue? This session will address these issues in a simple to understand manner. With the right to work being one of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this session will also address the issue of the abuse of workers’ rights under Israel’s occupation, from queuing at dawn to get to work to non-payment of wages.

Dr. John ReynoldsLaw Lecturer in Maynooth University and former researcher with Al Haq Palestinian human rights organisation
Jamal Juma’ Palestinian trade unionist, Coordinator of the Stop The Wall Campaign in Palestine
Eamon McMahon Secretary of Trade Union Friends of Palestine
Chair: Mags O’Brien – Chairperson, Trade Union Friends of Palestine

2pm                       LUNCH (Not provided)

2.30pm                SESSION 5:
PRISONS, PROPAGANDA & PRIVATISING OPPRESSION: STRATEGIES OF ZIONIST REPRESSION IN PALESTINE & BEYOND

In Palestine, Israel presides over one of the most repressive and surveilled societies of modern times. Thousands of political prisoners populate Israel’s prisons, drones and spies monitor every aspect of life, and hundreds of checkpoints and a 700km wall impede freedom of movement. New technologies and theories of control and subjugation are developed by the state in collusion with universities and the private sector, which are then sold on in the international arena, proudly marketed as being ‘battle tested’ on the Palestinian people. Meanwhile, when it comes to solidarity activism aimed at pressuring Israel into obeying international law, the state and its civilian allies have developed a sophisticated system of dirty tricks and spying, propaganda attacks such as false antisemitism allegations, and legal attacks known as ‘lawfare’ to try to shut down all criticism.

Sahar FrancisDirector of ADDAMEER, the Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
Dr. Shir Hever Political economist and author of ‘The Privatisation of Israeli Security’ (2017)
Ali Abunimah
Co-founder of the Electronic Intifada website
Chair: Betty PurcellJournalist and producer

4.30pm                 SESSION 6:
WINNING THE BATTLE FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE

In this keynote session Ali Abunimah, a renowned journalist and co-founder of the Electronic Intifada website, will take a comprehensive look at the shifting tides of the politics of the Palestine-Israeli issue in a today’s neoliberal world – and will make a compelling case for how and why the Palestinian people, with their allies in the international solidarity movement, will win their Freedom, Justice and Equality.

Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement, has called Ali Abuminah a man in possession of “a crucially needed dose of educated hope.” Come along to hear from one of the most eloquent and engaging voices in the Palestinian liberation movement – and leave this conference full of hope and, inspiration, with a fire in your belly to join the movement fighting for justice in Palestine.

Ali AbunimahCo-founder of the Electronic Intifada website, and author of ‘One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse’ (2006) and ‘The Battle for Justice in Palestine’ (2014)
Chair: Fatin Al TamimiChairperson of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign

6pm                       CONFERENCE ENDS

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