Has Israel Annexed the West Bank?


In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, FMEP’s Kristin McCarthy talks to Shira Livne (ACRI/Association for Civil Rights in Israel) about all things annexation. Including, how is annexation related to the current judicial reforms? What has annexation looked like previous to the current government? How significant are the changes in governance that the current government have taken? Should we consider the West Bank, or just Area C, annexed?

Occupied Thoughts by FMEP · Has Israel Annexed the West Bank?

Recorded on August 3, 2023

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Participant Biographies

Shira Livne joined ACRI in January 2021 to lead the Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Unit. From 2015-2017, Shira worked at HaMoked-Center for the Defense of the Individual, where she coordinated and led the activities of two teams to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinian citizens of Israel and residents of the Occupied Territories, including Gaza. From 2019-2020, Shira was the J Street U Director at J Street, a United States-based organization that aims to promote American leadership to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through diplomatic means. Her role was to lead a nationwide team of regional campus organizers, including the student activities and training of young leaders on over sixty college campuses across the United States, and was also responsible for leading and mentoring the national student leadership.  In 2014, Shira founded the DocuRights project to protect the freedom of protest, along with social activist Sapir Slutzker-Amran. The project was later adopted by ACRI.  Shira holds a BA in History and Political Science from Tel Aviv University (2014) and received an MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2019.

Kristin McCarthy is the Director of Grants & Operations at the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and also authors FMEP’s weekly Settlement Report. Prior to joining FMEP, Kristin was the Policy Director at the Arab American Institute where she served from 2014-2017. Before that, she worked with Israeli and Palestinian human rights experts to do advocacy in Washington, D.C. Kristin has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East She is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University.