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On the eve of the possible annexation of (parts of) the West Bank, we present three related webinars on current developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel.

On Thursday 4 June, three experts talked about the possible forthcoming annexation. Now differences between Netanyahu and Gantz appear to be out of the way and a new unity government is formed, the pathway to de jure annexation of (parts of) the West Bank seems to be paved. Both parties have openly talked about annexation during their election campaigns and it was part of the government negotiations. This webinar will shed more light on the current state of affairs including timeline, potential consequences on the ground as well as policy recommendations to the Netherlands and the EU to prevent this.

This webinar is organised by Oxfam Novib and Pax.

Speakers are:

  • Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, United Nations Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process
  • Dr. Munir Nusseibeh, Director of the Community Action Center at the Al-Quds University
  • Ms. Sharona Weiss, Head of International Advocacy Department Yesh Din

You can watch the recording of this webinar here.

On Tuesday 16 June, the focus was on understanding business activities related to illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as a major human rights problem, and presenting ways to end the complicity of Dutch/European economic and political actors with the settlement economy. The speakers will address the UN Database on business activities related to settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the lack of transparency on trade relations with the settlement economy and public procurement in the Netherlands of goods and services offered by companies that are part of the settlement economy.

This webinar is organised by The Rights Forum and SOMO.

The speakers for this workshop are:

  • Maha Abdallah, International Advocacy Officer at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CHIRS) Brussels Office
  • David Kattenburg, Canadian educator, journalist, activist
  • Valentina Azarova, International legal academic and practitioner, visiting Academic at the Manchester International Law Centre (MILC), University of Manchester.
  • Giovanni Fassina, from the University of Trento

You can watch the recording of this webinar here.

On 11 August, the Israeli Human Rights Organisations Yesh Din presented its legal opinion called ‘The Israeli Occupation and The Crime of Apartheid’. After 15 years of research and legal representation of Palestinians living under occupation, Yesh Din felt the time had come to investigate in what legal context they were working. The investigation resulted in a legal opinion authored by Michael Sfard concluding that the crime against humanity of apartheid is being committed in the West Bank.

Speakers are:

  • Michael Sfard, Israeli Human Rights Lawyer
  • Munir Nusseibeh, Director of the Community Action Center at the Al-Quds University
  • Sharona Weiss, Head of International Advocacy Department Yesh Din

You can watch the recording of this webinar here.