FFIPP Europe Speaking tour 2014: Eu and Israel/Palestine: Dead end or opening window? MARCH 28TH, IN AMSTERDAM

 

FFIPP (Educational network for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel) in collaboration with Palestine Link is delighted to invite you to Amsterdam for the FFIPP Speaking Tour 2014 on EU policies regarding Israel/Palestine. From Paris to Amsterdam, through Bordeaux, Grenoble and Geneva, the Speaking Tour is aimed to raise awareness among students and academic staff about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to promote a just peace in accordance with International Law.

For the last decades, the EU has always, and without respite, condemned the colonization policy in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for 3 major reasons: the Israeli settlements are illegal under international law, they constitute a “potential” obstacle to peace, and they make a two states solution impossible. In fact, there are contradictions in the European policy towards Israel. Indeed, while the constructions of illegal settlements continue its expansion, the EU prefers not to take any coercive measures.

The oncoming European Parliament elections are here to remind ourselves the rise of the EU on the international field, promoting human rights as a motivation for its diplomatic relations. Considering that, one could wonder how the EU, gaining power on the international scale, deals with one of the most acute situation of our times: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and all its counterparts. From ex-colonial power to present commercial relations and development aid, the EU has a very special relationship with both nations, which is open to criticism and debate.

The conference will address, among other issues, the role of the European Union in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the case of businesses invested in illegal settlements, labelling settlement products and EU’s commitments to respect and promote human rights.

The evening will take place at de Doelenzaal at the Universiteitsbibliotheek UvA.
ADDRESS: Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam

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FFIPP internship information evening

Are you (interested in) applying to our 2014 summer internship program in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories? Do you have questions regarding the program, the application process, or the mission and values of FFIPP? Stop by our information evening! Meet with the current FFIPP-NL members who will gladly answer all your burning questions.

Next Tuesday (March 18, 2014) you’re more than welcome from 7.15 PM. The information session will start at 7.30 PM in one of the CREA studios: STUDIO 1.22. As a means of introduction, we will start with a brief overview of FFIPP as an (international) organization and talk about its mission and values. Afterwards, there will be plenty room for all of your questions regarding the internship, our partner organizations in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, our activities in the Netherlands, Europe, Brazil and the US, and every other question you would like to ask. Hope to see you next Tuesday!

This summers’ program will take place from July 27th till August 31st, and consists of an orientation week during which we will highlight different aspects of the conflict and meet with actors with varying perspectives. This week is followed by a four week internship period at one of our partner organizations.

For more (basic) info, go to the tab “Summer Internship 2014″. Are you unable to attend our evening but do you want your questions answered nevertheless? Email us at ffipp.nl@gmail.com or write on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FFIPPNL.

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Youth Conference: Opportunities for Justice and Peace

Together with Imstar, AWAke Internaitonal, Dwars and Jonge Democraten, FFIPP NL is organizing a youth conference on Opportunities for Justice and Peace

Youth all over Europe has shown to be concerned with the human rights situation following from the Israeli occupation. This conference brings together youth from the Netherlands and Palestine to talk about these human rights issues, but also about the opportunities for justice and peace in the Middle-East.

The conference will address issues of international law, the role of the European Union and the Netherlands in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the case of businesses invested in illegal settlements. Next to lectures there will be workshops to give you a chance to participate and exchange thoughts with speakers. You will be joined by Palestinian youth to be able to hear their view on these issues.

We hope to welcome you and give you a chance to meet with other youth working on or interested in human rights issues in the Middle-East and perhaps even create a common vision.

The conference will take place on March 22nd 2014, from 10:00 until 17:00 at Academiegebouw Utrecht 

The cost of participation is 5€. Costs include coffee and lunch. Sign up through this link after 28th of February 2014. Payment is done through ideal. Please note the form is in Dutch, for technical reasons. Please contact us if you have any trouble signing up.

 

Preliminary schedule, changes may occur:

10:00-10:30 Registration

10:30-11:00 Opening speech

11:00-12:30 Lectures: the role of the Netherlands and the EU, the role of international law in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and on investments in settlements

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14.45 First round of workshops

14:45-15:15 Coffee break

15:15-16:30 Second round of workshops

16:30-17:00 Plenary wrap-up

 

The speakers will be

Marcel Brus is professor of Public International Law and Academic Director at the University of Groningen. His research concentrates on a.o. the interaction between international law and politics, the development of international law as a system of law, international investment law and international dispute settlement.

Jeff Handmaker is a Senior Lecturer in Law, Human Rights and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has published several articles on a.o. the rights of Palestinian children and the illegal settlements.

 Tiny Kox is a SP member of Parliament and part of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He is PACE’s rapporteur on Palestine.

 Riyad Mansour is a Palestinian-American and the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations.

Carolien Roelants is a columnist for NRC and has been NRC Middle East editor nearly her whole life. She wrote several columns on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict recently.

Michiel Servaes is a member of the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) for the labor party (PvdA) and member of the commission for Foreign Affairs.

Sjoerd Sjoerdsma is a member of the House of Representatives for the democrat party (D66), member of the commission for Foreign Affairs and worked as a diplomat in Ramallah.

Mieke Zagt is Middle East expert at ICCO, board member for the Nuhanovic Foundation. ICCO was one of the organizations contributing to the recent report “Dutch institutional investors and investments related to the occupation of the Palestinian territories”.

For more information, visit http://www.youthforjusticeandpeace.nl

Youth conference final

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Benefit concert at ACU

Party with FFIPP and help us to fund our activities!
The Charity Commission of Djembe, the Association of Cultural Anthropology, has organized its largest and most famous activity of this year: the annual benefit concert. This year all the charity is addressed to help FFIPP keep on raising awareness among students through our academic lectures, speeches, screenings and of course our successful summer internship in Palestine/Israel. From 21.30 onwards we will enjoy the music of bands such as Broadband Theatre, Damaged Frequency and Staalmeesters and the closure DJ Martijn Gaaf. For further information on the bands and DJ’s, please visit and confirm attendance at the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1421368354760974

All FFIPP members will be there and it will be a great opportunity to get to know the organisation more personally, have a talk with us, clarify your doubts, inform you on our activities/internship and last but not least, to have fun!
Hoping to see you all there.

When: Wednesday, December 18th from 21:15 pm
Location: ACU (Voorstraat 71, 3512 AK Utrecht)
Members Entrance: 5 euros
Admission non-members and ADD: 6 euros

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FFIPP ANNOUNCES NEW NAME

According to the decision taken by the General Assembly of FFIPP Europe that took place on September 24th 2013, The Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace will be changed into ‘FFIPP – Educational Network for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel’. This new name follows from the evolution of our organization, which became an educational program made by and for students. Also, it follows the recent developments in the region, where from a situation of conflict and intifada, the unresolved territorial division results in a deteriorating Human Rights situation. This new name will meet all those changes. This obviously means that, as of this academic year, the Dutch Chapter will start using this new name as well, and will become:

FFIPP-NL – Educational Network for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel

However, the acronym ‘FFIPP’ will continue to exist and be used!

 

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17/11: Filmavond met de films ‘Omar’+ Q&A en ‘Ford Transit’ in Amsterdam

(For English, see below)

Op zondag 17 november organiseert FFIPP in samenwerking met Kriterion een unieke filmavond over het leven in de Palestijnse gebieden. Om 17:00 zal de prijswinnende nieuwe film ‘Omar’ in voorpremière gaan. Deze film gaat over het verhaal van drie oude vrienden in de Westerlijke Jordaanoever die in de problemen komen door hun strijd voor vrijheid. De bekende Nederlands-Palestijnse regisseur Hany Abu-Assad is bij deze filmvertoning aanwezig, en zal na afloop vragen beantwoorden tijdens een Q&A! De film is ondertiteld in het Nederlands.

Om 19:30 wordt de tweede film vertoond: ‘Ford Transit’. Hany Abu-Assad zal deze film inleiden, die gaat over de witte Fordbusjes die overal in Palestina rondrijden. De dagelijkse ‘werkelijkheid’ van taxichauffeur Rajai en zijn passagiers in Ramallah en Jerusalem, langs wegblokkades en sluiproutes, wordt prachtig weergeven. De film is ondertiteld in het Engels.

English: On Sunday 17 November, FFIPP, in cooperation with Kriterion, organizes a film screening about the daily lives of Palestinians in the Palestinian Territories. At 17:00, the new film ‘Omar’ will be screened, yet subtitles are in Dutch. The second film however, will be screened with English subtitles. The film is called ‘Ford Transit’ and is about the reality in which taxi drivers in Palestine live, the problems and obstacles they daily encounter because of the occupation and the stories of their customers.

Waar: Kriterion, Roetersstraat 170, Amsterdam
Aanvang: 17:00 Omar, 19:30 Ford Transit
Combi-ticket (Ford Transit + voorpremière Omar): €15,-
Ford Transit: €7,50
Omar: € 9,-

Voor meer informatie over RESERVERING VAN KAARTEN en:
De film Omar: http://www.kriterion.nl/speciaal/item/1339-Voorpremière%20Omar%20%20%20Q&A%20regisseur

De film Ford Transit: http://www.kriterion.nl/speciaal/item/1340-IDFA%20in%20Kriterion-%20Ford%20Transit

FFIPP: http://ffippnl.wordpress.com/ of www.facebook.com/FFIPPNL

Ook heel belangrijk: Om de sfeer van de middag compleet te maken zijn er heerlijke Midden-Oosterse hapjes en maaltijden in Kriterion te krijgen voor een klein prijsje!

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Testimonies summer internship program 2013

Below you can read the testimonies of this years’ interns from the Dutch FFIPP chapter: Berna, Christa, Jaime and Tasniem.

Berna:

I did my summer-internship at the Alternative Information Center in Jerusalem. I traveled around West-Bank to collect information and stories on topics I was interested in. Occasionally, I also joined the journalists as an assistant to certain area to help cover the story. One of the most impressive days was during the annual ten-day Summer Camp, organized by the Popular Resistance Committee of South Hebron Hills for the children of the villages in that area.

Some 1000 Palestinians in that area are threatened to be homeless because the Israeli government declared their villages to be a military training zone, also known as Firing Zone 918. Despite the fact that these people were living there before 1967, they live with the uncertainty of legal proceedings and harassment by Israeli authorities. While they are not allowed to live in their own lands, the number of settlements around that area is still growing. This does not only lead to more violent attacks by the settlers towards the Palestinians, it also makes clear what the main aim of the Israeli government is: wipe out the Palestinians from that area in order to start building new Jewish settlements.

The children are seen as an important part of the non-violent resistance, for they are the future generation. In the camp, they learn the importance of unity, values of freedom and they get gamewise familiar with the tools of democracy. Each day trainers facilitated games and several educational activities for the children. These activities promote peace education within communities and enhance conflict transformation skills through the philosophy of knowing ‘the other’ better by means of dialogue. These things are important for their resistance since being a peaceful society is an everyday resistance itself. As one of the volunteer trainers of the camp said: ” By staying a society, we, the Palestinian people, will eventually overcome the occupation and win”.

Christa:

During my internship I have worked at Tent of Nations. Tent of Nations is a Palestinian farm owned by the Nassar family that stands in the midst of the occupation. Located in area C of the West bank, the farm is surrounded by four illegal Israeli settlements: Betar Illit, Ne’ve Daniel, Gush Etzion, and Elazar. Since 1991, the Nassar family received their first demolition order from the Israeli authorities and until this moment – 22 years later – they are still in a legal struggle to hold on to their land. Unfortunately, the combat over this land is not only legally fought: the Israeli attempt to expel the family from their land is a fact the Nassar family faces daily on the ground.

Though these facts are daunting – or maybe exactly because of these facts – my internship at Tent of Nations has been absolutely enriching and inspiring. This was thanks to my work, the beauty and serenity of the place, and the peaceful determination of the people I lived and worked with. Situated on a hilltop close to Bethlehem, the farm of Tent of Nations looked over the splendid surroundings of the valley close by, followed by the Northern Judean Hills, and the Mediterranean sea at the horizon. In this beautiful and serene nature, I worked the land of the farm, watered the trees, cooked, welcomed and hosted groups of visitors, helped install water cisterns, enjoyed the sun, the view, and the always positive attitude at the farm.

Through these activities, I helped the Nassar family in their ambition to fight the occupation through disseminating peace and understanding. While the occupation tries to perpetuate discord between people, Tent of Nations is simultaneously working hard on building the bridges that go far over the walls and the separation blocks the Israeli build. Its mission is to work towards understanding, reconciliation and peace, not only between Israeli and Palestinians, but between everyone who wants to hear one another’s story. This they do by bringing different people together, by sharing their stories of struggles, and through education, summer camps for children, and a woman’s center. During my stay at Tent of Nations I have seen many international, Palestinian and Israeli groups visiting the place and all of them received an equally warm welcome by an overenthusiastic and positive Daher (my boss). This nonviolent ideology is what the Nassar family tries to spread to as many people and it was absolutely inspiring to help them with this.

Jaime:

Throughout your life cycle you are supposed to trip over with some ‘turning point’ experiences or moments which will lead you to a complete renovation thoughts; a change of perspective. So was my case when I first went to Machu-Picchu and I saw the world from its heights. And so was when I went to Israel and Palestine and I met Salïm, an 8 years old boy that shook my heart with his life experience in the little village of Nabi Saleh.  Because going to Israel and Palestine with FFIPP meant to me an enriching and learning experience not only in the professional level, but as well, and more sharply, at the human level.

There I had the opportunity to do my month internship with Al-Haq, a highly professional human rights organization. Unlike other organizations in which I have volunteer before, Al-Haq was working with cases of human rights violations happening right there and in that very moment. And so, as a law student, I could for the first time in my life approach my academic studies from beyond what is written in a paper. And believe me, this changes everything. In the organization I had the pleasure to meet Shirin, a Palestinian lawyer with who I shared an office. She, as many Palestinians, was born in Jerusalem but she cannot go to her hometown because she is not allowed to cross the checkpoints.  I will always remember the feeling of injustice I felt when we were talking that I, a Spanish tourist, could go to all those places where she and her family grew up for generations but that they might never see again. Again, the learning was both professional and personal and I will always be grateful to FFIPP for offering me that unique experience and learning.

Tasniem:

“My husband is sick and unable to work.  I have six children, two of them are university students. I maintain my whole family after I opened my own business. I started selling food from my house, but now I have my own shop with four staff members working for me. “ This is one of the many inspiring stories I came across during my internship at Asala.

Asala is a Palestinian NGO supporting women with microfinance, training and workshops to start their own business.  Many of the women now sell homemade food or work in their own shop. Those women all have a story how they support their whole family, gained more responsibility and influence within that family and, most of all, developed themselves to independent businesswomen.

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