[Webinar] Israel & Palestine: Free Speech and the Right to Protest

Featuring Dima Khalidi (Palestine Legal), Yousef Munayyer (Arab Center DC), and Hadar Susskind (Americans for Peace Now).

In this session we examine current attempts to curtail criticism of Israel/Zionism or advocacy for Palestinian rights and their implications for free speech and a healthy policy debate on Israel and Palestine.

This webinar is Part 6 of an 8-part series of webinars. For recordings of the other sessions in this series, please click here.

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Yousef Munayyer → https://twitter.com/YousefMunayyer

Stay up to date with Dima Khalidi ‘s work at Palestine Legal — > https://twitter.com/pal_legal

Hadar Susskind — > https://twitter.com/HadarSusskind

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On antisemitism and the IHRA definition: 

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Speaker Bios 

Dima Khalidi is the founder and director of Palestine Legal and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). She oversees Palestine Legal’s array of legal and advocacy work to protect people speaking out for Palestinian rights from attacks on their civil and constitutional rights. Prior to founding Palestine Legal in 2012, Dima worked with CCR as a cooperating attorney on the Mamilla Cemetery Campaign, submitting a Petition to United Nations officials to stop the desecration of an ancient Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem, and advocating on behalf of Palestinian descendants of individuals interred in the cemetery. Dima has a JD from DePaul University College of Law, an MA in International and Comparative Legal Studies from the University of London – SOAS, and a BA in History and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan.

Yousef Munayyer, PhD, is a non-resident Fellow at Arab Center Washington DC (ACW). He writes on the Arab-Israeli conflict and is a member of the editorial committee of the Journal of Palestine Studies. Some of his published articles can be found in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, Journal of Palestine Studies, Middle East Policy, and others. Dr. Munayyer holds a PhD in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Maryland.

Hadar Susskind is the President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now. Before assuming this role, Hadar served as Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the Council on Foundations, and prior to that as the Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action and Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC. Before joining Bend the Arc, Hadar was Vice President of the Tides Foundation. Hadar also served as Vice President for Policy and Strategy at J Street and Vice President and Washington Director for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). Previously, Hadar held positions at a number of other Jewish organizations including the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and the Israel Policy Forum.