(Recorded March 4, 2022)
This webinar is Part 4 of an 8-part series of webinars. For more information regarding this series, and links to the other sessions, please click here.
Featuring Umar al-Ghubari (Zochrot), Hani Almadhoun (UNRWA USA) and Francesca Albanese (Georgetown University).
In this session we explored issues surrounding Palestinian refugees, including the plight of refugees inside and outside of Palestine, the role of UNRWA and the debate it engenders in Congress, and the Palestinian demand for a “Right of Return.”
Resources shared during the webinar
- Follow him on Twitter – @UmarGhubari / https://twitter.com/UmarGhubari
- Follow the work of Zochrot – https://zochrot.org/ & @Zochrot / https://twitter.com/Zochrot
- “The story of the village of Lifta with Umar al-Ghubari and Yacoub Odeh | EI Podcast”
- “From Nakba to Return: Resisting one more chapter in the ongoing Nakba” – Mondoweiss
Hani Almadhoun & UNRWA USA (& UNRWA)
- Follow UNRWA USA on Twitter – @unrwausa / https://twitter.com/unrwausa & online at https://www.unrwausa.org/
- Follow UNRWA on Twitter – @UNRWA / https://twitter.com/UNRWA & online at https://www.unrwa.org/
- “Who are Palestinian refugees?” https://www.unrwausa.org/who-are-palestine-refugees
- Read Resolution 194 here: https://www.unrwa.org/content/resolution-194
- Follow her on Twitter – @FranceskAlb / https://twitter.com/franceskalb
- Bio & publications – https://georgetown.academia.edu/FrancescaAlbanese
- Palestinian Refugees in International Law (Francesca P Albanese and Lex Takkenberg, Oxford University Press; 2nd edition – June 9, 2020)
- Rethinking solutions for Palestinian refugees – A much–needed paradigm shift and an
opportunity towards its realization (Francesca P Albanese and Lex Takkenberg, May 2021)
- The Palestinian refugee question: root causes and breaking the impasse (October 2019)
- UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees Under Attack: When Politics Trump Law and History (October 2018)
- UNRWA and Palestine Refugee Rights: New Assaults, New Challenges (2018)
- Ending seventy years of exile for Palestinian refugees (May 10, 2018)
Book recommendation: Records of Dispossession – Palestinian Refugee Property and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Michael R. Fischbach, Columbia University Press)
“Palestinian Refugees: Myth vs Reality” – Resource produced by the Middle East Institute
UNHCR (Dec 2017): Applicability of Article 1D of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees to Palestinian Refugees ; UNHCR 2009 statement on Article 1D
UNRWA chief seeks funding to avert financial collapse – Al Jazeera, Nov 8, 2021
Francesca Albanese is an affiliate researcher of Georgetown University and the American University of Beirut. She is the co-author, with Lex Takkenberg, of The Status of Palestinian Refugees in International Law: a Tale of Fragmentation and Opportunity (published by Oxford University Press in August 2020 – link to book). She worked as legal officer in the UNRWA Department of Legal Affairs and before, for OHCHR.
Umar al-Ghubari is a political educator and group facilitator with Zochrot, an NGO working since 2002 to promote acknowledgement and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948, and the reconceptualization of the Return as the imperative redress of the Nakba and a chance for a better life for all the country’s inhabitants. He worked in the informal education sector as a facilitator and afterwards as a regional coordinator in the Karev educational program. Prior to joining Zochrot in 2006 he was the coordinator of Youth Activities at the School for Peace at Neve Shalom/Wa’hat al- Salam. He was born in Mshierfeh (near Umm al Fahm) and currently resides with his family in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salaam.
Hani Almadhoun serves as UNRWA USA’s director of philanthropy. Thanks to a university scholarship from the LDS Church he was able to earn his Masters in Public Administration and BA in International Studies and Latin American Studies at Brigham Young University. After his studies, Hani settled in Washington, DC where he fell into the world of fundraising for various causes that spoke to him, including civil rights and social justice groups for Muslim and Arab Americans and charities that serve the Palestinian people and other marginalized communities in the Middle East. In his personal capacity, Hani frequently shares updated stories from Palestine to increase awareness of the plight of the Palestinian people. After more than 15 years of fundraising at multiple organizations, Hani joined as Director of Philanthropy at UNRWA USA. Hani volunteers with a number of educational institutions (Marriott School of Management), health (PAMA, AMHP), and professional organizations (AFP and MUPPIES).