Palestine Amid the Arab World Uprising: Facts on the Ground and Prospects for the Future

Public lecture by Ziad Abbas

Monday, March 21
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
336 Ingraham Hall, UW-Madison

Ziad Abbas is a Palestinian refugee whose family was uprooted from the village of Zakariah in 1948. He will talk about his own experiences growing up under Israeli occupation, and discuss the Palestinian issue examining the potential impact of the popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and beyond on the future of the Palestinian people.

Ziad Abbas is a seasoned political leader from Dheisheh Refugee Camp in the West Bank and the associate director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). He is the co-founder of the Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh where he served as co-director from 1994 to 2008. Ziad is also a journalist who has worked with Palestinian and international media and has participated in the production of several documentary films. He holds a master of arts in social justice in intercultural relations from the School for International Training Graduate Institute. He offers listeners his own experience growing up under Israeli Occupation, along with sharp political analysis, and inspiration to take action.

This event is sponsored by the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project