“A Landscape of a Shrinking Space”: A Conversation with Maria Zreik about Nazareth and the Baladna Youth Center


In this episode of “Occupied Thoughts,” FMEP 2023 non-resident fellow Rabea Eghbariah speaks to Maria Zreik, a street photographer and political organizer from Nazareth who is coordinating the Baladna Youth Center, a Palestinian cooperative in Nazareth’s Old City. The conversation delves into the challenges that Palestinians in Nazareth are facing today, how the city’s landscape has shifted, and what a youth center in the city can offer to help.

Occupied Thoughts by FMEP · “A Landscape of a Shrinking Space”: Nazareth & the Baladna Youth Center

Recorded on July 2, 2023

Participant Biographies

Maria Zreik is a street photographer and political organizer from Nazareth. She is a project coordinator with Baladna Youth Center, a Palestinian cooperative in the Old City of Nazareth.

Rabea Eghbariah is a 2023 FMEP Non-Resident Fellow and a human rights attorney completing his doctoral studies at Harvard Law School. He worked as an appellate public defender before joining the Haifa-based Adalah Legal Center, where he argued major Palestinian civil and political rights cases. Rabea published on various subjects relating to Palestinians and Israeli law, including the censorship of online speech, the legal land regime, and the criminalization of Palestinian foragers. His writings appeared in the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, the Law and Political Economy Project, and the Journal of Palestine Studies, among others. Rabea previously served as an executive article editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal and currently serves as an editorial member of Jadaliyya’s Palestine page.  Listen here to Mr. Eghbariah discuss his background, his work as a human rights attorney and a scholar, and his analysis of this moment in time and history for Palestinians in this episode of “Occupied Thoughts,” recorded on February 23, 2023.