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Confronting the Wall: Grassroots Activism in the West Bank
Oct 20 2005 12pm-1:30pm
Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center 241 ICC (Boardroom)
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Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
and the Program on Justice and Peace, Georgetown University

Confronting the Wall:
Grassroots Activism in the West Bank
Ayed Morrar - Palestinian Activist
Jonathon Pollack - Israeli Activist

Thursday, October 20, 2005
12:00-1:30 pm
CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

As international attention is focused on Israel’s unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip, conditions in the occupied West Bank continue to be characterized by settlement expansion and the ongoing construction of the Wall. Some analysts have argued that current developments in the West Bank are the other side of the disengagement coin. Simultaneous to these developments, non-violent grassroots Palestinian activism continues amidst increasing levels of violence and dispossession. A counter-part to this Palestinian activism is a small yet organized Israeli activism that seeks to support non-violent Palestinian resistance. Ayed and Jonathon will be speaking on these issues.

Ayed Morrar of the Popular Committees Against the Wall, is a leader of Palestinian nonviolent resistance from the village of Budrus in the Western Ramallah District. From the winter 2003 through summer 2004 the men, women and children of Budrus waged a successful campaign of over 50 non-violent protests to prevent the Israelis government from building its Wall on Budrus' land. Budrus' non-violent protests forced the Israeli government to change the path of the Wall so that, instead of taking 25% of the village's land, it now takes approximately 2%.

Jonathon Pollack is the founder of Anarchists Against the Wall. He is an Israeli citizen who has participated in more than 200 non-violent protests in the West Bank, supporting Palestinians in non-violent resistance to Israel's military occupation. Beginning in the fall of 2002, Jonathan was one of the first Israelis to regularly join Palestinians in peaceful protests in the West Bank. He has been banned repeatedly from the Occupied Palestinian Territories by Israeli authorities and is currently facing a number of legal battles in the Israeli courts as a result.

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Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Program on Justice and Peace

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