Talk by Jeff Halper and Ghada Karmi – 18th March

Jeff Halper

Prof. Jeff Halper

Jeff will describe the reality of the apartheid situation on the ground and the way that Palestinians are ‘warehoused’ in Gaza. He will discuss the global implications of allowing blatant violations of international law and universal human rights which contribute to increasing polarization between Arab countries and the West and resulting terrorism and security issues.
Ghada will speak about what is involved in boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and the effectiveness of such a non-violent movement.

Event supported by SPSC.

When: Thursday 18th March, 1-3pm,
Where: Old College, Lecture Theatre 270.

About the speakers:

Jeff Halper is the Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and a Professor of Anthropology. He has lived in Israel since 1973, having emigrated from the US. Besides his years of involvement with the Israeli peace movement, Jeff has been active on issues of social justice within Israel. He worked as a community worker for ten years in Jerusalem’s inner city neighborhoods, where he helped start the Ohel social protest movement of working-class Mizrahi Jews.

He served as the Chairman of the Israeli Committee for Ethiopian Jews, building on relationships he had forged while researching the community in Ethiopia in the 1960s. Jeff has taught at Haifa and Ben Gurion Universities in Israel, and was the head of Friends World College, an international university program. He is also a member of several teams planning national parks in Israel. Jeff has written extensively on Israeli society. He is the author of the book Between Redemption and Revival: the Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the Nineteenth Century (Westview, 1991).

As the Director of ICAHD, Jeff has forged a new mode of Israeli peace activity based on nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience to the Israeli Occupation authorities, forging a relationship of trust, solidarity and close cooperation with Palestinian organizations. He served on the Steering Committee of the UN Conference on the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. The American Friends Service Committee (the Quakers) nominated Jeff for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize along with Palestinian, Prof Ghassan Andoni.

During 2007, Jeff received the following two awards on behalf of his work with ICAHD: Olive Branch Award from Jewish Voice for Peace in the USA and the Rachel Corrie Peace Award from the Italian town of Ovada near Genoa. Jeff’s book, An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israeli, was published by Pluto Press in February 2008.

In August 2008, Jeff was the only Israeli Jew to participate in the Free Gaza Movement when two boats sailed from Cyprus to Gaza, breaking the siege of over forty years. As a result he was awarded Palestinian citizenship and a Palestinian passport but then when crossing the Erez Crossing on his way home to Jerusalem, Jeff was arrested by the Israeli police and imprisoned in Ashkelon and awaits formal charges for entering Gaza. Along with Brazilian Bishop Dom Luiz Cappio, in May Jeff received the Kant-World-Citizen-Prize for 2009 in Freiburg, Germany.

Ghada Karmi

Dr. Ghada Karmi

Ghada Karmi is a leading Palestinian academic and writer. She was born in Jerusalem, but was brought up and educated in England. Currently she is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, where she teaches conflict resolution in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. She is also on the Board of the Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU) and a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Her major area of work has been on the Palestine/Israel conflict and she has published widely on this subject. She is also a well-known figure on British radio and TV. Her most recent and widely acclaimed memoir, In Search of Fatima; a Palestinian story (Verso Press, 2002), represents a rare example of Palestinian personal narrative writing in English. Her new book, Married to another man: Israel’s dilemma in Palestine, deals with the One-State solution in Israel/Palestine.