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"Invisible Palestinians: Rights and Identity of Palestinian citizens of Israel" Nadia Ben-Youssef, Adalah The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights

Start/End Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:10 PM EDT -- 01:10 PM EDT
Location Name Jerome Greene Hall Room 107

Considering the rights and legal status of Palestinian citizens of Israel, a community long-sidelined in the political and public discourse, offers a unique and revealing lens through which to view both the root causes and just solutions of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. This session will explore how and whether the rights of non-Jews can be secured, focusing on the work of Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. Adalah is an independent human rights organization that for nearly 20 years has used Israeli legal channels and international fora to seek equal individual and collective rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel and to defend against rights violations of Palestinian residents of the OPT. Nadia Ben-Youssef is a human rights lawyer and international advocate who spent the last three years working in Adalah’s Naqab (Negev) office promoting the rights of the Palestinian Bedouin community to their ancestral land. Nadia will address the increasing attacks on the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel, focusing particularly on the Israeli government’s plan to displace the Bedouin community, and how a rights-based framework should challenge and change the conversation.

Contact hri@law.columbia.edu with any questions.