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Lecture/Dialogue with Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid to be held on Wednesday, February 17

Bassem Eid will discuss human rights aspects of the Israel-Palestine conflict on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 in the Sanders Classroom Building’s Spitzer Auditorium (room 212), with support from the college’s Dialogue and Engagement Across Differences Fund.

Eid was the founder and former director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, a non-partisan organization dedicated to exposing human rights violations and supporting a democratic and pluralistic Palestine. He rose to prominence during the first Palestinian Intifada uprising and was a senior field researcher for B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Eid was born in Jordanian-occupied East Jerusalem and lived his first 33 years in its Palestinian-Arab neighborhood of Shuafat, site of a United Nations Refugee Works Agency refugee camp.

His writings include the book Neither Law Nor Justice: Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Since the Oslo Accords as well as a variety of papers and essays, including: “The State of Human Rights in Palestine I: The practice of torture by the Palestinian Authority, violations of freedom of the press and freedom of expression, deaths in custody, and police brutality”; and “The State of Human Rights in Palestine II: In-depth report on the judicial system, illegal arrests, and long term illegal detention.” Eid also writes for such media outlets as the Times of Israel and Jerusalem Post.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, February 16, 2016