Teach-In: Understanding Gaza

Thursday, Jan. 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fed Ex Global Education Center, UNC-CH

Laila El-Haddad is a freelance journalist from Gaza. Her blog, “Raising Yousuf and Noor: Diary of a Palestinian Mother,” explores the complex relationships between the personal and the political as she raises her children while negotiating displacement and occupation. http://a-mother-from-gaza.blogspot.com/

Rann Bar-On is an Israeli activist and graduate student at Duke University. He has worked with the International Solidarity Movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Rann advocates for an end to the Occupation and resistance to militaristic Israeli government policies. He is especially interested in the Shministim – a group of Israeli high-school students who are imprisoned for daring to refuse to serve in Israel’s occupying army.

Marty Rosenbluth: Formerly Amnesty International USA’s Country Specialist for Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Authority, he is currently a human rights lawyer working with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in Durham. Through his work with Amnesty, he documented violations by all parties to the conflict, including participating in Amnesty’s fact-finding mission in northern Israel during the war between Israel and Lebanon in the summer of 2006 where he documented Hezbullah attacks on Israeli civilians as well as meeting with Israeli officials to discuss IDF attacks on civilians in Southern Lebanon.

Dr. Sarah Shields: Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History at UNC-CH, she is the author of Mosul before Iraq and teaches courses on the Arab-Israel conflict, Islamic civilization, the Modern Middle East.