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First lecture in the ACMES lecture series "Narrating the ongoing Nakba: perspectives on Palestine/Israel". With Omar Shakir (Human Rights Watch) and Dina Zbeidy (Leiden University of Applied Sciences). Discussant: Dimitris Bouris.

Event details of Human Rights Watch: A threshold crossed. Israeli authorities and the crimes of apartheid and persecution
Date 7 October 2021
Time 17:00 -18:30
Location Oudemanhuispoort
Room D1.09

A recently published report by Human Rights Watch entitled A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution, examines Israel's Treatment of Palestinians. It presents the present-day reality of a single authority, the Israeli government, ruling primarily over the area between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea, populated by two groups of roughly equal size, and methodologically privileging Jewish Israelis while repressing Palestinians, most severely in the occupied territory.

Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, investigates human rights abuses in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Prior to his current role, he was a Bertha Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he focused on US counterterrorism policies, including legal representation of Guantanamo detainees. He has also investigated human rights violations in Egypt, including the Rab’a massacre, one of the largest killings of protesters in a single day. A former Fulbright Scholar in Syria, Omar holds a JD from Stanford Law School, an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Affairs, and a BA in International Relations from Stanford.

Dr. Dina Zbeidy is an anthropologist and a lecturer of social sciences at the Leiden University of Applied Sciences, where she also conducts research on topics related to law, justice and human rights. She conducted research on refugee issues, development work, and settler-colonialism. She also has professional experience in non-profit work in Palestine and the Netherlands.

Dr. Dimitris Bouris is an Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and the leader and coordinator of the EU-Middle East Jean Monnet Network EUMENIA. He is the author of The European Union and Occupied Palestinian Territories: State-building without a state (Routledge, 2014), the co-editor (with Tobias Schumacher) of the Revised European Neighbourhood Policy: Continuity and Change in EU Foreign Policy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and also the co-editor (with Daniela Huber and Michelle Pace) of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of EU-Middle East Relations (Routledge, 2022). His research focus lies at the intersection of International Relations, EU Studies and Middle East and North Africa Studies.


This lecture will take place on location. If you want to attend, please register by sending an email to acmes@uva.nl.


ACMES Spring Lecture Series

7 October 2021, 5 PM
Human Rights Watch, A threshold crossed. Israeli authorities and the crimes of apartheid and persecution
Conversation with Omar Shakir (Human Rights Watch) and Dina Zbeidy (Leiden University of Applied Sciences). Discussant: Dimitris Bouris

4 November 2021, 5 PM
Enforcing Silence: Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel (Zed Books 2020)
Panel discussion with David Landy (Trinity College), Hilary Aked (University of Bath) and Jeff Handmaker (Erasmus University). Discussant: Annelies Moors

25 November 2021, 5 PM
Palestinian film viewing
Tel Aviv on Fire, Sameh Zoabi, 2018
With an introduction by Marianne Dagevos, Podium voor Palestina

9 December, 5 PM
The possibility of art and resistance
Conversation with Hanan Toukan (Bard College Berlin) and Himmat Zoubi (EUME programme Berlin)


Room D1.09

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam