The Wall and The Gate: Israel, Palestine, and the Legal Battle for Human Rights

Jan 31 2018

Wednesday
EST

American University Washington College of Law Room NT01, Ceremonial Classroom
4300 Nebraska Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20016

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Book Reading and Discussion with Michael Sfard and Lara Friedman
Sponsored by Metropolitan Books and the New Israel Fund

Wednesday, January 31st
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Book signing reception will follow the discussion.
The book will be available for purchase.

American University Washington College of Law
Room NT01, Ceremonial Classroom

4300 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

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A farmer in the West Bank, cut off from his fields by Israel’s separation barrier, wants to petition the courts to build a gate in the wall. But while the gate would help the farmer harvest his crop, would it not also confer legitimacy on the wall itself? For Michael Sfard, pursuing justice means encountering such dilemmas on a daily basis.

The Wall and the Gate examines the ethics and challenges of legal work for human rights. Recounting key cases and issues, Sfard lays bare the reality of the occupation and exposes its surreal legal structures. With emotional force and penetrating analysis, he offers both a moral reckoning with the occupation and a blueprint for a hopeful future.

ABOUT MICHAEL
Michael Sfard is one of Israel’s leading human rights lawyers. A former conscientious objector, he received the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award and an Open Society Fellowship. His writing on human rights has appeared in The New York Times, Haaretz, The Independent, and Foreign Policy. He lives in Tel Aviv.