On this episode of “Occupied Thoughts” FMEP’s Sarah Anne Minkin interviews Widad Assaf, the Legal Coordinator of FMEP partner Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF), about the connections between Palestinians inside of Israel and in Gaza, Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the diaspora. Widad describes the discrimination, human and civil rights violations, and police violence that Palestinian citizens of Israel face.
Recorded on May 18, 2021
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Widad Assaf is a Palestinian feminist lawyer and animal rights activists, currently works as the Legal Coordinator at Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF). In previous years, she has worked as a campaigner in Amnesty International, and at the Prisoner’s and Detainees Department at Physicians for Human Rights. She is a passionate advocate for human and animal rights and is invested in bringing more attention to the case of Palestinian political women prisoners and detainees, locally and globally.
Sarah Anne Minkin, PhD, is FMEP’s Director of Programs & Partnerships. She is an expert on the intersection between Israeli civil society and Palestinian civil rights and human rights advocacy as well as Jewish American relationships with Israel/Palestine. She leads FMEP’s programming, works to deepen FMEP’s relationships with existing and potential grantees, and builds relationships with new partners in the philanthropic community. She is an affiliated faculty member at University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Right-Wing Studies.