1948 Nakba: Creation, Catastrophe, Resilience

Host/Sponsor: 
Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, the Center for Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies & Communication Studies Department at California State University, San Bernardino
Room: 
1.100
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 1: 10:00am - 11:50am
Abstract: 
After 69 years of illegal Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestine that lead to the historical Nakba or ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, the widespread myths about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict are still rampant in the United States. In addition, the official Israeli narrative of the conflict is the only narrative in any media discourse on Palestine, even on more progressive media outlets such as the PBS and NPR, in this country. The proposed panel includes a film screening of an upcoming documentary, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe, which documents the historical events of the year 1948 and the devastating impact of the creation of the state of Israel on the Palestinians, followed by a three-speaker discussion of the film. This year marks not only the 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, but also the centennial of the infamous Balfour Declaration, which promised world Jewry a national homeland in Palestine by the English government, with total disregard of the rights of the indigenous Palestinian population, so parallels will be drawn between the Palestinian experience and the experiences of other marginalized groups, such as Native Americans and Blacks in the United States.
Panel Track: 
Teach-in on Palestine: Colonialism, Resistance and Justice
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Ros
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Petchesky
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Hunter College CUNY
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Rosalind Petchesky is an activist in JVP-NYC, a distinguished professor emerita of political science at Hunter College and the Graduate Center CUNY, author of many published books and articles on sexual and reproductive rights and justice in relation to globalization and militarism, a grandmother, classical pianist and muy Thai kickboxer. She has just returned from a trip to Palestine.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Ahlam
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Muhtaseb
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
California State University-San Bernardino
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Ahlam Muhtaseb is a professor of media studies and the interim director of the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at California State University, San Bernardino. She earned her M.A. in Government Relations and her Ph.D. in Computer-Mediated Communication from the University of Memphis, Tennessee. Her research interests include digital communication, social media, and diasporic communities. She has published her scholarship on digital communication and other communication sub-topics, and has presented her scholarship to national and international conventions and scholarly meetings. Her most recent project is the documentary 1948: Creation & Catastrophe, a film on the year 1948 and its catastrophic consequences which has originated from her field work in the Palestinian refugee camps in the U.S., Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. In addition, most of her recent research focuses on digital media and social movements online (cyber activism), and Arab and Muslim images in the media.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Andy
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Trimlett
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Independent Film Maker
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Andy Trimlett has a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University. He has a decade of experience in public television, having served as senior producer, associate producer, editor and camera operator on a wide range of productions. He has worked on PBS programs in the United States, Hungary and Austria, winning a regional Emmy for a 30-minute documentary he co-produced about property tax law in California.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Rabab
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Abdulhadi
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, San Francisco State University.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Rabab Abdulhadi is Senior Scholar in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies and Affiliated Graduate Faculty in the Sexuality Studies Program at San Francisco State University. She is co-founder and editorial board member of the Islamophobia Studies Journal; co-editor of Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence and Belonging; co-author of Mobilizing Democracy: Changing US Policy in the Middle East and academic and public intellectual in Arabic and English. Abdulhadi is co-Chair of Feminists for Justice in Palestine, National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA); a founding member of California Scholars for Academic Freedom and the U.S. Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel USACBI). Abdulhadi is a member of Policy Advisors of Al-Shabaka and the International Advisory Board of the World Congress of Middle East Studies (WOCMES). She is a co-founder and member of the Palestinian International Coordinating Committee and the U.S. Coordinator of the Campaign to Repeal 100 Years of the Balfour Declaration. She co-founded the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS), the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Association in North America (UPWA). Abdulhadi has organized several delegations to Palestine including the first Indigenous and Women of Color Feminist Delegation to Palestine (2011); the 2014 Academic and Labor Delegation and the 2016 US Prisoner, Labor and Academic Delegation.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Rabab
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Abdulhadi
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University

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