Identity & Victimhood – A Conversation about Israeli Independence and the Nakba

26 April, 18:30 – 20:30, Rm 4421, SOAS Main Building

April 26 marks the Hebrew Calendar memorialisation of the Israeli Independence and the Nakba. As a key founding moment of the conflict, this day rouses some of the most contentious debates for members of Israeli, Palestinian and global activist communities, regarding how to engage with and make room for one another’s identity, participation, responsibility and experience of the conflict. On this day more than others, it seems we are forced to question whether in recognizing the identity and victimhood of others, do we necessarily negate our own?

On the 26th of April, we are inviting you to a discussion that will focus not only on Israeli and Palestinian responses to their opposing memorialisation of 1948, but how each of us, as activists, academics, Jews and non-Jews, Israelis, Palestinians, and so on, engage with the conflict, reflect on our right to critique and mobilize against it, and balance our beliefs about the existence of the state of Israel with the right of Palestinians to self-determination, return and equality. And in this way, develop a set of thoughts and strategies for finding space for multiple identities, memories and victimizations, as opposed to the “zero-sum” expectations of both Israeli and Palestinian discourses.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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