Please join us for the third of a 3-part series on Understanding Palestine.

There has been much discussion of possible paths to the liberation of Palestine, including the two-state solution that would ensure a sovereign state for both Israel and Palestine on the  divided territory of historic Palestine; the one-state solution, which has become the de facto reality given Israel’s virtual annexation of most of the West Bank, but which could also be transformed into a post-apartheid state of all its people with equal rights for all; and even a “post-state” solution that would seek other modes of polity than the nation-state. Would the decolonization of Palestine entail the expulsion of Jewish settlers from the West Bank or Jewish Israelis from all of historic Palestine? What forms of cohabitation can be imagined? How far would external pressure on Israel or the Palestinian Authority be required to enable decolonization to take place, and what kinds of pressure would be effective? Is there a viable nonviolent path to decolonization? What can be learnt from Indigenous models of decolonization from settler colonialism or from the post-apartheid successes and failures of South Africa? 


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Rana Barakat (Birzeit University)

Loubna Qutami (UCLA)

Amin Husain (New York University)


Moderated by Mark Minch de Leon (UCR. English)


For further information, please contact David Lloyd,


Cosponsored by the Decolonizing Humanism(?) initiative at the Center for Ideas and Society; Faculty for Justice in Palestine; Departments of English, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Hispanic Studies.


Photo credit: Section of street mural in Ramallah, Palestine, December 2015, by David Lloyd

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