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Reclaiming Palestinian Narratives in A Loveless World, with Susan Abulhawa

June 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm EDT

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“Reclaiming Narratives in A Loveless World” chaired by Susan Abulhawa — Visualizing Palestine, Makan & Al Shabaka Joint Campaign

This talk will take place on Wednes­day 8th June 2022 at 5.00pm BST (12.00pm EST / 7.00pm Pales­tine time). The talk will last 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

As part of the Threads of the Move­ment for Pales­tin­ian Lib­er­a­tion Joint Fundrais­ing Cam­paign, VP, Makan & Al Shaba­ka present: ‘Reclaim­ing Nar­ra­tives in A Love­less World’ with  award-win­ning author Susan Abulhawa.

The dis­course on Pales­tine has been shift­ing in dif­fer­ent direc­tions since the turn of the 20th cen­tu­ry, marked by decades of strug­gle and labour by Pales­tini­ans and their allies. And as Pales­tini­ans came togeth­er last June under the ban­ner of the Uni­ty Intifa­da, form­ing a col­lec­tive front against Israel’s ongo­ing coloni­sa­tion, we wit­nessed in real time some of these ongo­ing shifts in the con­ver­sa­tion. This shared moment helped to high­light the inac­cu­ra­cy of the main­stream nar­ra­tive and the inter­na­tion­al community’s refusal to acknowl­edge the lived expe­ri­ence of Pales­tini­ans or the real­i­ties of Israel’s apartheid and set­tler colo­nial regime. As a result, the usu­al mantra of a con­flict between two equal sides was increas­ing­ly being called into ques­tion. Yet, while a more ground­ed under­stand­ing of Israel’s poli­cies and prac­tices is start­ing to enter the main­stream across North Amer­i­ca & Europe, much work remains to ful­ly reclaim the nar­ra­tive to one that upholds free­dom, jus­tice and equal­i­ty for all.

In this talk, nov­el­ist and human rights activist Susan Abul­hawa will join with Alaa Tar­tir of Al-Shaba­ka, Aline Batarseh of Visu­al­iz­ing Pales­tine and Aimee Sha­lan of Makan, to dis­cuss the his­to­ry and con­text of the chang­ing per­cep­tions of the Pales­tin­ian strug­gle, what hap­pens when the con­cept of ‘neu­tral­i­ty’ is dis­put­ed, why nar­ra­tive shifts mat­ter, and how — in an increas­ing­ly love­less world — they feed into the wider lib­er­a­tion movement.

Susan Abul­hawa is a Pales­tin­ian Amer­i­can writer and human rights activist. She is the author of the inter­na­tion­al best-sell­ing nov­el, Morn­ings in Jenin, and the founder of the NGO, Play­grounds for Pales­tine. Against the Love­less World, her third nov­el, was released in August 2020 to crit­i­cal acclaim.

Aline Batarseh joined Visu­al­iz­ing Pales­tine in July 2021 as Exec­u­tive Direc­tor. She is a com­mu­ni­ty orga­niz­er, activist and devel­op­ment pro­fes­sion­al. She has exten­sive expe­ri­ence work­ing with Pales­tin­ian and inter­na­tion­al non­prof­its whose mis­sions are focused on advanc­ing social jus­tice and equal­i­ty for indi­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties that expe­ri­ence sys­temic discrimination.

Dr Alaa Tar­tir is a Pro­gram and Pol­i­cy Advi­sor to Al-Shaba­ka: The Pales­tin­ian Pol­i­cy Net­work, a Senior Researcher and Aca­d­e­m­ic Coor­di­na­tor at the Grad­u­ate Insti­tute of Inter­na­tion­al and Devel­op­ment Stud­ies (IHEID) in Gene­va, Switzer­land, and a Glob­al Fel­low at the Peace Research Insti­tute Oslo (PRIO).

Aimee Sha­lan is Co-Direc­tor of Makan. She is also a Trustee of Friends of Birzeit Uni­ver­si­ty (Fobzu), a pol­i­cy mem­ber of the Pales­tin­ian pol­i­cy net­work, Al Shaba­ka, and Chair of the British-Pales­tin­ian Coun­cil. Her pre­vi­ous roles have includ­ed: Chief Exec­u­tive of Med­ical Aid for Pales­tini­ans (MAP), Direc­tor of Friends of Birzeit Uni­ver­si­ty (Fobzu) and Co-founder and Direc­tor of Pres­sure Cook­er Arts, a not-for-prof­it arts and advo­ca­cy organ­i­sa­tion. She has been a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to the Guardian and oth­er media out­lets. Aimee holds a doc­tor­ate in the Pol­i­tics of Pales­tin­ian Literature.

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June 8
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm EDT
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