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History is not context, it's reality; On Israel/Palestine

Confused about what is happening in Israel and the Palestinian Territories? Want to learn more? Join academics and other experts for the teach-in “History is Not Context, It’s Reality” – On Israel/Palestine. An interactive lecture series about the political and social reality in the region and how we got here.

Friday 20 October 2023: The Ongoing Nakba.  
Chiara de Cesari (UvA confirmed), Sudeep Dasgupta (UvA), Mikki Stelder (UvA) 

Friday 27 October 2023 International Law and the Right to resist. 
Jeff Handmaker (EUR/ISS), Omar Barghouti (UvA), Alessandra Spadaro 

Friday 3 November 2023: Eu and Dutch Discourses on Israel/Palestine, and alternative voices.
Speakers: Dimitris Bouris (UvA, political science, Jean Monnet Chair “The EU as a Global Actor”); Noa Roei (joining on zoom) (UvA, comparative literature and cultural analysis); Miriyam Aouragh  (University of Westminster, Media Anthropology, Critical Theory, Global Media and Internet Cultures); Esha Guy Hadjadj (Alumnus MA UvA, writer)

Friday 10 November 2023: Technologies of Repression 
Organised in cooperation with: Jill Toh (UvA law), Naomi Appelman (UvA law). With  Valentina Carraro (Uva, geography), Miriyam Aouragh (University of Westminster), Chris Jones (Statewatch), and Tasniem Anwar (VU).

15 November 2023: Settler-Colonialism & Legacies of Colonialism
Speakers: David Theo Goldberg (UC Irvine) & Saree Makdisi (UCLA) Discussant: Annelies Moors (UvA) Chair: Jan Mendes (UvA) Collaborations: In addition to ASCA, this event is organized in collaboration with the "Colonialism and Its Afterlives: Seminar Series" and "Feminist and Transnational Sociology"

5 December 2023: Palestine as a feminist issue 
Speakers: Khadeja Ibrahim and Joharah Baker (MIFTAH); Dr. Layal Ftouni, Utrecht university; Prof. Sarah Bracke, University of Amsterdam. The moderator will be: Sinin Nakhle 

21 December 2023: Atrocity crimes (genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity) in Israel/Palestine | Teachers: 
Dr. Raz Segal (Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Endowed Professor in the Study of Modern Genocide at Stockton University);
Ugur Üngör, Prof. of Holocaust and genocide Studies UvA/NIOD); 
Dr. Alessandra Spadaro (UU), Assistant Professor of International Law
Dr. Nahed Samour (Law and Islamic Studies, The race-religion Constellation project, Radboud University Nijmegen)  

12 January, 13:30-15:30, 'Colonialism and Genocide' in cooperation with Decolonial Dialogues, 13.00 – 16.00, REC A 102 

In 1944, the jewish-Polish jurist Raphael Lemkin coined the term genocide in Axis Rule in Occupied Europe, where he described genocide as a colonial phenomenon, in this case German imperialism. Lemkin started writing his manuscript in the 1920’s and 30’s, however, developing his concept of genocide by studying the extermination of native Americans in the United States. From the start, then, the conceptualization of genocide was deeply related to colonialism. In this evening, we’ll dive deeper into colonial dynamics of genocide, using cases from Banda and Namibia to Palestine and the United States. How are colonialism and genocide related? And how do we see the continued workings of colonialism in genocide remembrance culture and scholarship in the Western world? Join us for a round-table discussion with scholars and journalists. 

Dirk Moses​, Professor of international relations (CUNY), senior editor of the Journal of Genocide Research and co-editor of the War and Genocide book series for Berghahn Books. He has authored and co-edited numerous books on colonialism & genocide. (online)

Maha Abdallah​, Department of Law, Antwerp University. Her research focuses on genocide, settler colonialism and the Palestinian people. 

Marjolein van Pagee​, author of Banda: De genocide van Jan Pieterszoon Coen. 

Chris de Ploeg​, co-founder of the decolonial foundation Aralez, program maker decolonial dialogues at UvA, currently writing a book on WW2 & colonial history for Starfish Books.

Moderator: Phaedra Haringsma, Programmer at Decolonial Dialogues, UvA 

19 January, 13.30-15.30: 'Israel and the EU in the Global Arms and Security Industry'.

Teachers: Dr. Wassim Ghantous (Tampere University), Dr. Erella Grassiani (UvA), and Mark Akkerman (Stop Wapenhandel).

Moderator: Yolande Jansen

OMHP, C017

Theme: Israel is known to be one of the important players in the global security and military industry. Not only does Israel provide many countries with security technologies and weapons, but it tests these within Israel/Palestine, foremostly by using them against Palestinians. Also today in Gaza, Israel is using new technologies, such as those based on AI.  In this teach-in the speakers will discuss different aspects of the Israeli security industry, such as its impact on Human Rights in different contexts and its involvement with the Netherlands.

History is not context, it's reality; On Israel/Palestine: Anticolonial Queer Liberation in Palestine

Teach-in about the political and social reality in the region and how we got here. Organizers: Mikki Stelder and Roberto Filippello | 9 February 2024, 12:15 -13:45 (NB) | Oudemanhuispoort, Room D109

The confirmed speakers are : Haneen Maikey and Lynn Darwich | Moderators: Roberto Filippello and Mikki Stelder.

The Israeli state has been trying to harness support from global LGBTQ communities for over a decade by branding itself as the only gay haven in the Middle East. Through an elaborate pinkwashing campaign, it has sought to divert attention from its ongoing occupation of Palestine. In Israel's military assault unfolding over the last months, we have witnessed this branding campaign attaining new heights as Israeli soldiers post selfies with rainbow flags standing atop the rubble of bombed civilian infrastructure in Gaza. For over a decade, Palestinian queer activists and scholars and their allies have been pointing attention to the ways in which Zionist sexual politics are mobilized to support Israel's settler colonial violence. Pinkwashing is a form of colonial violence. In this teach-in, the speakers will discuss the history of Israel's pinkwashing campaign, the importance of anticolonial-queer organizing in and for Palestine, and the current use of Zionist sexual politics in the genocide in Gaza.

History is not context, it's reality; On Israel/Palestine: European colonialism and its contemporary consequences

Teach-in about the political and social reality in the region and how we got here. | Friday 23 February 2024, 16:00-18:00, OMHP D1.09 | Speakers (confirmed): Anne-Lot Hoek (Independent researcher), Sai Englert (Leiden University) | Chair: Rébecca Franco (UvA)

Collaborations: In addition to ASCA, this event is organized in collaboration with the "Colonialism and Its Afterlives: Seminar Series" and "Feminist and Transnational Sociology"

Contestations over cultural memory on European colonialism affect the current understandings of the situation in Israel/Palestine. What histories are activated and/or made invisible when talking about Israel/Palestine, and how do they justify and allow for present possibilities, politics, and discourse? In this teach-in, the speakers will place the situation in Israel/Palestine and the current genocidal violence within the histories of European colonialism and will discuss how these histories define the present moment.

History is not context, it's reality; On Israel/Palestine: (online) censorship of palestinian voices | 1 March 2024 13:30-15:30 | University Library, Doelenzaal

Teach-in about the political and social reality in the region and how we got here. Organizers and moderators: Jill Toh and Naomi Appelman | The confirmed speakers are: Nadia Benaissa from Bits of Freedom and Kifaia, Deborah Brown from Human Rights Watch, Osama Al-Sayyad from Arabi Facts Hub, and Jamil Fiorino-Habib (UvA).

15 March 2024: Intifada, Revolution: A History of Resistance

The right to resist is enshrined in international law, based on a principle of self-determination for all people under occupation and colonial rule. Though Palestinians are also recognized as having such rights under the Geneva Conventions, Palestinian resistance and armed struggle are often mischaracterized as unwarranted and barbarious in Western media, preventing an understanding of the nuances and realities of its evolution across the 20th and 21st century. Focusing on the Arab Revolts against the Ottoman Empire and the British colonial presence, the First and Second Intifada, and other contemporary examples of militant and nonviolent resistance in Gaza and the West Bank, this teach-in provides a genealogy of popular resistance and uprisings in Palestine against the multiple waves of settlement, expulsion, and disenfranchisement.