The Leonhard Woltjer Foundation aims to promote research and knowledge about the Palestinian people and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. To this purpose, it yearly hands out the LWS Thesis Award. The winner receives €1500 and a publication about their thesis in the magazine ZemZem.
All authors of a Master’s thesis about the Palestinian people or their conflict with Israel are cordially invited to apply. The thesis has to be written in Dutch or English and completed at a university in the Netherlands or Flanders in the academic year 2018-19. The submission deadline is 1 October 2019. Theses can be submitted in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information: https://leonhardwoltjer-stichting.nl/…/LWS-Thesis-Award-201…
Location: AUC, Merian area, third floor
Since 2005, the Israeli-Palestinian NGOs Combatants for Peace and the Parents Forum have been organizing a joint, inclusive ceremony for Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day in Tel Aviv. The goal of the event is to challenge the consensual narrative and offer an alternative that denounces war and contests the legitimacy of violence. In the last few years, the organizers have been encouraging screenings and satellite events in cities throughout the world. This 7th of May, gate48 in cooperation with AUC (Amsterdam University College) and FFIPP-NL (Educational Network for Human Rights in Israel/Palestine) will live-stream the ceremony in Amsterdam. We invite you to join us for the screening of this unique event and for a conversation about inclusion and non-violent resistance in present day Israel/Palestine.
The event will be moderated by Erella Grassiani and Hilla Dayan, co-founders of gate48.
On the 7th of May, Israel will celebrate Yom Hazikaron, its official Memorial Day. It is an incredibly significant day on which Israel honors its citizens who lost their lives in battle as well as victims of political violence. It is a solemn, national holiday and considered one of the most important days for Israelis. Official commemoration services are held in the presence of Israel’s political and military leadership and private memorial gatherings take place in cemeteries where soldiers are buried. These events have become a powerful tool for shaping a collective narrative of sacrifice – honoring the fallen for the “greater good” of the country. These ceremonies often justify the political status quo and provide a platform for patriotic nationalism and a one-sided narrative. The traditional commemorations ignore the fact that violence has taken the lives of thousands of both Israelis and Palestinians over the years.
The Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony, by way of music, personal testimonies and speeches, commemorates the victims of the conflict on both sides and sends a clear call for action towards ending the conflict in a just and peaceful way. This unique event has become a tradition and is commemorated with Israelis and Palestinians together. The audience has grown and includes many segments of Israeli society who are willing to think about a new way for ending the perpetual conflict. This encounter with the other side, on a day so painful, opens a window that envisions a cessation of the fighting and a better future. The ceremony directs the energy and hope of the audience towards political activism.
Combatants for Peace is an egalitarian Israeli and Palestinian organization of ex-combatants, who are determined to struggle for peace and for a viable independent Palestinian state. Our members have chosen to take the path of nonviolence, as the only sensible way out of the conflict. The Ceremony is its flagship project.
The Parents Circle – Families Forum is a joint Israeli and Palestinian organization made up of more than 600 bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families all of whom have lost a loved one to the conflict and have chosen a path of reconciliation rather than revenge. The Parents Circle operates educational and public awareness activities among Israelis and Palestinians using the power of their narratives to promote reconciliation.
The widespread controversy surrounding US congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s criticism of the influence of the lobby-group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on policy-makers in the United States has sparked a big debate in the U.S.
In light of these events, FFIPP Netherlands is hosting a screening of the film “The Occupation of the American Mind” in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the film explores how the Israeli government, the US government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives and interests, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel’s favor.
After the film, we invite attendees to engage in discussions about the film and the controversy surrounding it.
Date: Wednesday, April 17th
Time: 19.00 (Film duration: 1h 25 min)
Location: Cinema of the Dam’d (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Tickets : €5
Free for students !
Thank you to Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian for an interesting lecture featuring compelling stories from children subject to daily military violence at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem.
Last Wednesday, FFIPP NL teamed up with gate48 to organize a panel discussion about Israel’s recently adopted ”nation-state” law, the theeat it poses to democracy in Israel and the prospects for a just solution in Israel/Palestine.
Thank you to speakers Dr. Afif Safieh, Dr. Yeela Livnat Raanan and Dr. Afo Agbaria and to all the attendees for an interesting evening!