Palestinians and Israelis on 1948 and the Right of Return

November 13, 2009

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This event explores the raw, emotional encounters with the refugee right of return and investigates its practical implementation. The program highlights reconciliation efforts based on understanding the past and building future peaceful coexistence.

Eitan Bronstein is a Jewish Israeli educator, activist, and Director of the Israeli organization Zochrot. Founded in 2002, Zochrot seeks to educate Jewish Israelis about al-Nakba, the Arabic word for "catastrophe" which refers to the 1948 dispossession of Palestinians.

Rula Awwad-Rafferty is a Palestinian American Professor of Landscape Architecture and Bioregional Planning and Community Design at the University of Idaho. Born to a Palestinian refugee mother from Qula, she was able to go back to the place of her birth only as a U.S. citizen in 2008, after 42 years of absence.

Ali Abunimah is author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse and has contributed to numerous other volumes and written hundreds of articles on the question of Palestine. He is co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, an award-winning online publication about Palestine and the Palestine-Israeli conflict.

Sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), DePaul, SJP-UIC, SJP-Northwestern, SJP-University of Chicago, SJP-Benedictine, and Jewish Voice for Peace - Chicago.

Recorded Friday, November 13, 2009 at DePaul University - Schmitt Academic Center, Rm. 254