Dismantling Myths on Israel-Palestine
In the US, both media and popular narratives on the conflict in Israel and the Occupied Territories of Palestine are shifting. Information about the nature of Israeli domestic politics, life under occupation for Palestinians, and the tactics employed by the Israeli military is visible in the US mainstream in a way it was not just a few years ago. Join us for a discussion of some of the most lasting misconceptions around this conflict, where experts will help us contextualize and understand why these myths have endured so long.
Links and Resources on Palestine:
Guide for difficult conversations on Israel-Palestine produced by Jewish Voice for Peace
Middle East Research & Information Project, collection of coverage of Palestine
Coverage on Palestine from Jadaliyya
Report from the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem)
Report from Human Rights Watch
Boycott National Committee FAQs page on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement: https://boycottisrael.info/content/frequently-asked-questions and https://bdsmovement.net/faqs
Websites and multimedia content produced by activists to provide information on Palestine to educators and the general public: https://visualizingpalestine.org and https://decolonizepalestine.com/myths/
Mezna Qato is a historian of the modern Middle East, and in particular of migration, development, and social histories of Palestinian refugee and exile communities at the University of Cambridge.
Mouin Rabbani has published and commented widely on Palestinian affairs, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the contemporary Middle East. He is Co-Editor of Jadaliyya.
Shira Robinson is a historian of the Modern Middle East, with an emphasis on colonialism, citizenship, nationalism, and cultures of militarism after World War I at the George Washington University.