Thursday, January 30, 2014
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"The Law of the Land in the Palestinian Territories: How Israel Occupies the West Bank," with Anat Saragusti, Director of B'Tselem USA in conversation with Dov Waxman, Professor, Political Science, Baruch and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Since 1967, the Israeli military has controlled the West Bank, with the exception of East Jerusalem, which was unilaterally annexed to the Jerusalem municipality shortly after 1967 and extended Israeli sovereignty. Most countries do not recognize Israeli sovereignty in East Jerusalem but instead regard Jerusalem’s status as a pending final status issue between Israel and the Palestinians. The term occupation is often used to describe Israel’s military control of the West Bank since 1967 because Israel’s military controls the land and people of the West Bank, which are not legally recognized as part of land of citizenry of Israel. From 1993 to 1995, a series of legal agreements, known as the Oslo Accords, were signed by the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government outlining several interim agreements that would eventually lead - though they did not - to final status negations within a five-year period. As part of this agreement, the West Bank (as well as the Gaza Strip) was divided into three administrative areas. This discussion will explore how Israeli authorities manage these areas.
Anat Saragusti is the Director of B'Tselem USA and a well-known Israeli journalist and social activist. Before joining B'Tselem USA, Anat spent fifteen years at Channel 2 TV News Company, including time as editor of Israel's leading news program "Ulpan Shishi," a weekly news wrap-up called "Friday Studio." She has particular expertise in the occupied Palestinian territories including extensive field experience in both the Gaza Strip and Sderot, a nearby Israeli city across the green line. Most recently, Anat served as the executive director of Agenda: Israeli Center for Strategic Communication, which provides media expertise to social change organizations. Her family has lived in the Jerusalem environs for 500 years. Anat holds a Master’s degree in law from Tel Aviv University and a diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Maryland.
Dov Waxman is associate professor of political science at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the co-director of the Middle East Center at Northeastern University in Boston. He specializes on Israeli politics and foreign policy, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and Middle East politics. He is the author of The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending / Defining the Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and the co-author of Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Beth Baron, Director, and Anny Bakalian, Ph.D. Associate Director Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) and Master’s Program in Middle Eastern Studies, The Graduate Center City University of New York.
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