Speaking Event: Disrupting the Status Quo - New directions for Liberation in Palestine
Description: Fadi Quran and Irene Nasser will share their experiences and analyses of new directions and methods in the Palestine liberation movement. Accumulating successes in the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions solidarity movement have raised political pressure on Israel to new levels - but this advance was possible only because Palestinians themselves, within all of historic Palestine, have continued their direct resistance to occupation. This event will highlight and explore this direct resistance, with particular attention to recent developments and transformations.
Fadi Quran, who graduated from Stanford in 2010, is a leading figure in the Palestinian movement. Time Magazine has called him “the face of the new Middle East” - young, tech savvy, courageous, not associated with any political faction, devoted to Palestinian liberation, and committed to nonviolence. With fellow activists he took part in the internationally publicized “Freedom Ride” of 2011, boarding a commuter bus in the West Bank that was restricted to Israeli riders.
Irene Nasser is an activist and community strategist based in Jerusalem who has organized and participated in unarmed resistance and direct action in cities and villages across Palestine for almost a decade. She has worked with journalists from major print and broadcast media to bring to light the stories of Palestinian community organizers. Irene co-produced the film My Neighborhood, Winner of the 2012 Peabody Award, the 2012 Al Jazeera Documentary Film Festival Award, and Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival 2012.