Palestinian Peasants: Struggles against Settler Colonialism

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Date(s) - 24/03/2022
19:30 - 21:00

B0404, Forum or online


24/03/2022, 19:30 – 21:00
Hybrid: Forum B0404 / Online
Join us on Thursday 24/03 for an important discussion on the struggles of Palestinian peasants. This event is organized by Stichting Boerengroep and the Rural Sociology Group, in response to the decision of the Dutch government in January 2022 to withdraw their financial support for the Union of Agricultural Workers Committee (UAWC). The UAWC is an important civil society organization supporting Palestinian farmers in the West Bank and Gaza areas. The decision to withdraw the Dutch funding comes in a difficult time for Palestinian civil society organisations. In November 2021, the Israeli army declared the UAWC and five other Palestinian groups that are active in human, cultural and labour rights as “terrorist organisations”, without any clear evidence.
With this event, we want to draw attention to the issues faced by Palestinian farmers and the precarious situation the UAWC is in, due to the decision of the Dutch government to withdraw their funding.
We have invited three speakers to explain the situation, after which we will have enough time for a group discussion, with a focus on the Dutch context and the possible roles for Wageningen to play.
– 𝐌𝐨𝐚𝐲𝐲𝐚𝐝 𝐁𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚
Moayyad is the Advocacy and Lobbying Department Director at UAWC. He will talk about the Dutch government defund of UAWC, the Israeli incitement campaigns that led to this decision, the consequences of this decision and shrinking space for Palestinian civil society organizations.
– 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐡 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐢𝐣𝐚𝐭
Salah is a legumes and dates farmer from the Jordan Valley. He will speak about the importance of UAWC’s interventions to the development of agriculture in Palestine, especially in areas such as the Jordan Valley which is continuously under threat of annexation.
– 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐇𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧
Christian is a lecturer International Relations and Modern Middle East Studies at the University of Leiden. His research focuses on the Arab region, with a particular focus on Gulf investment in the states of North Africa and the Levant, rural development and business politics. He is also part of the Dutch Scholars for Palestine.
Moderator: 𝐀𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐚 𝐑𝐢𝐣𝐤𝐞. Alexandra is a lecturer at the Cultural Geography group. In her research she analyses the daily geographies of the checkpoints in Israel/Palestine.
Position paper by Dutch Scholars for Palestine, condemning the decision of the Dutch government to de-fund the UAWC:…/dutch-government-response-to…