[Webinar] Settlements, Annexation & the 2-State Solution


Featuring: Zena Agha (Al-Shabaka), Rashid Khalidi (Columbia University), & Daniel Seidemann (Terrestrial Jerusalem)

In this session we focus on Israel’s 53 year-old project of building settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and what this means on the ground in terms of both de facto and de jure annexation of land beyond Israel’s recognized sovereign borders.

This webinar is Part 3 of an 8-part series of webinars. For recordings of the other sessions in this series, please click here.

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Panelist Biographies

Zena Agha is a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute. She previously served as the US Policy Fellow for Al-Shabaka; the Palestinian Policy Network based in New York. Her areas of expertise include climate change and Palestinian adaptive capabilities, British and Zionist colonial cartography and Palestinian counter-mapping efforts, satellite imagery over Palestine-Israel and Israeli spatial practices.  Agha’s writing has appeared in several international publications including The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Nation, The Independent and Foreign Affairs and her media credits include the BBC World Service, Voice of America and BBC Arabic.  Zena is the recipient of numerous fellowships including the Library Innovation Lab at the Harvard Law School and the Asian American Writer’s Workshop. She was awarded the Kennedy Scholarship to study at Harvard University, completing her Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies. 

Rashid Khalidi is Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1970 and a D. Phil. from Oxford University in 1974, and has taught at the Lebanese University, the American University of Beirut, and the University of Chicago. He was President of the Middle East Studies Asociation, is co-editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies. He served as an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993. Khalidi is author of eight books, including The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: Settler-Colonial Conquest and Resistance, 1917-2017 (2020), and Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (rev. ed. 2010), and has co-edited three other books and published over 110 academic articles. He has written op-eds in the New York TimesWashington Post, and many other newspapers, and has appeared widely on TV and radio in the US and abroad.

Daniel Seidemann is a practicing attorney in Jerusalem who specializes in legal and public issues in East Jerusalem. He has participated in numerous Track II talks on Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians and served in an informal advisory capacity to the final status negotiations as a member of a committee of experts commissioned by Prime Minister Barak’s office to generate sustainable arrangements in Jerusalem. He is the founder and director of Terrestrial Jerusalem, an Israeli nonprofit that works to identify and track developments in Jerusalem that could impact the political process or permanent status options, destabilize the city, spark violence, or create humanitarian crises. This webinar is Part 8 of an 8-part series of webinars. For recordings of the other sessions in this series, please click here.