The Historical and Political Context of Israel’s War on the Gaza Strip

30 May 2024. From 18:30 | Conference | English | MUHBA - Sasla Martí l'Humà (Pl. del Rei, 1 · BCN)
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“Israeli and Western political officials often intentionally decontextualise the October 7 events and speak as if they occurred in a historical vacuum and deal with it as an isolated incident of violence or treat it as further evidence of the inherent Arab hatred of Jews. By contextualising these events, we arrive at a different interpretation. This is not to justify what happened but instead situates the events within a history of dispossession and colonisation. It is therefore essential to understand and assess these events in wider political context, with specific reference to escalating settler attacks in the West Bank and the close surveillance of Palestinians in Israel.”

Conference by Nadia Naser-Najjab, senior lecturer in Palestine Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies of University of Exeter. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies of the Birzeit University. Nadia holds a PhD in Middle East Studies from the University of Exeter. She has published chapters in books and academic articles. Her most recent book is Covid-19 in Palestine: The Settler Colonial Context (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. 2023). She has also published Dialogue in Palestine: The People-to-People Diplomacy Programme and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020), that critically analysed track II diplomacy, resistance, and civil society.

Her research is based on first-hand experience and original data collection and focuses on Palestine-Israel peace process, Palestinian education and Palestinian resistance. She publishes on a regular basis in newspaper and online magazine articles on issues related to political events.

Moderated by Olivia Glombitza, lecturer in International Relations, Faculty of Political Science and Sociology, UAB, this session is co-organised with the Master’s Degree in International Relations, Security and Development, UAB.

It can also be followed on IEMed’s Youtube Channel.


Senén Florensa
Welcome remarks

Senén Florensa

Executive President IEMed

Nadia Naser-Najjab

Senior lecturer in Palestine Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies University of Exeter
Olivia Glombitza

Olivia Glombitza

Lecturer in International Relations UAB

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