Learning & Unlearning Palestine Pt 3: Normalizing and Peacemaking as Discourses of Violence

Feb 27 2023


FMEP and Al Shabaka are delighted to invite you to 

Normalizing and Peacemaking as Discourses of Violence

Listen to this webinar as a podcast

Recorded Monday, February 27, 2023

featuring Inès Abdel Razek (PIPD) and Dr. Yara Hawari (Al Shabaka) in conversation with Dr. Maha Nassar (U. of Arizona)

In the third episode in FMEP and Al Shabaka’s four-part series, Learning and Unlearning Palestine, this webinar will explore how the “dialogue discourse” has been used to undermine the Palestinian liberation movement, including through the insistence to engage in “peace” projects.

Visit here for information on the other three webinars in the “Learning and Unlearning Palestine” webinar series.


Inès Abdel Razek is Executive Director of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy (PIPD), an independent Palestinian organization. Prior to joining the PIPD, Inès held advisory positions in the executive offices of the Union for the Mediterranean in Barcelona, the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi and the Palestinian Prime Minister’s Office in Ramallah, where she focused on international governance and development cooperation policies. Inès is also an advisory board member of the social enterprise BuildPalestine. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Sciences-Po, Paris. Twitter: @InesAbdelrazek.

Yara Hawari is the Senior Analyst of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. She completed her PhD in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter, where she taught various undergraduate courses and continues to be an honorary research fellow. In addition to her academic work, which focused on indigenous studies and oral history, she is a frequent political commentator writing for various media outlets including The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and Al Jazeera English.

Maha Nassar is an associate professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona, where she specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of the modern Arab world. Her award-winning book, Brothers Apart: Palestinian Citizens of Israel and the Arab World (Stanford University Press, 2017), examines how Palestinian intellectuals connected to global decolonization movements during the mid-twentieth century. She is working on her next book, a global history of Palestine’s people.

Resources shared during the webinar: 

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Key resources from PIPD: 

Resources on normalization: 

Edward Said’s “The Morning After,” October 1993, London Review of Books: https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v15/n20/edward-said/the-morning-after

You can hear more of Dr. Maha Nassar’s approach to this question of how to engage with Zionists and Israelis in this FMEP podcast: How Do We Talk about Zionism and Anti-Zionism? —> https://fmep.org/resource/how-do-we-talk-about-zionism-and-anti-zionism/

Zochrot, the Israeli organization that works to promote accountability for the Nakba among the Jewish Israeli public and to create the conditions for the Palestinian refugees’ return –> https://www.zochrot.org/welcome/index/en.