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March 10th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

03.10.23 Friday Forum - Palestine in America: Activism, Advocacy, and Adversity

Event Description: Arguably the most crucial battleground for the Palestinian struggle outside of Palestine, the United States has seen an intensification in the discourse surrounding Palestinian rights and liberation in the past decade. From major electoral victories to strategic boycott wins and large-scale mobilizations to Netflix shows centering on the Palestinian narrative, the discourse and trajectory of Palestine activism have shifted dramatically. This has created significant opportunities for the Palestine movement in the US on campuses, in Congress, and beyond.

American Muslims for Palestine has been at the center of the action since 2015 and has organized some of the largest and most effective Palestine advocacy campaigns in the US. 

Join the conversation with our speaker:

Raised in Southern California, Taher Herzallah came of age in a vibrant Muslim and Palestinian activism scene and was the president of MSA West and his local Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at UC Riverside where he completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Affairs. As the Director of Outreach & Community Organizing for American Muslims for Palestine, Taher facilitates national coalition-building and expands the organization’s grassroots presence across the US.

Mr. Herzallah is one of the 'Irvine 11,' a group of students who were arrested and prosecuted for expressing their constitutionally protected rights of free speech and political dissent when they walked out of a speech given by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine in 2010. Mr. Herzallah was also one of six people arrested for protesting the appointment of David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in February 2017.

Mr. Herzallah is currently doing his PhD in American Studies and his research interests focus on Muslim and Palestinian political and social activism in the context of the ongoing settler-colonization of Palestine and ongoing military-style police warfare against people of color in the US. Mr. Herzallah’s research lies at the intersections of Middle East and Islamic Studies, Indigenous Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, Black Studies, and Religious Studies while bringing an important Critical Muslim Studies dimension to the American Studies Department.

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7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45  Welcome and introductions 
7:45 - 7:50  Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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Facilitator: Dave Clennon
Reflector: Dr. Rubi Omar

** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **

Here's how to join the online meeting:

To join by video conference, you'll need to download the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device. Click on the link to join the meeting and then enter the Meeting ID number and passcode. You'll be able to see slides and video, as well as speakers and other attendees.

If you prefer to join by phone, you'll be prompted to enter the Meeting ID number and passcode. You won't be able to see the visuals or attendees, but you can view them on the meeting video recording afterward. 

If you're new to Zoom and would like to use the video option, we recommend you download the app well ahead of time.


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March 10, 2023 at 7:30am - 9:30am

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