Old city of Hebron (photo by GZ) Wall grafitti made by Berlin residents. (Photo by CdV) Gilo settlement - Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Hisham's Palace, Jericho (photo by GZ) Corridor from Erez crossing into Gaza (Photo by CdV) Mahmoud Darwish on Yasser Arafat- Ramallah (photo by GZ) Anti-wall demonstration in Bi'lin. (Photo by LS) Cremisan Road, Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Mahmoud Darwish in the presence of absence (photo by GZ) Drone flying over KhanYounis, Gaza. (Photo by CdV) Bypass road north-south - Jerusalem (photo by GZ)

Speaking tour Educational network for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel


Doelenzaal at the Universiteitsbibliotheek UvA, Amsterdam


For the last decades, the EU has always, and without respite, condemned the colonization policy in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for 3 major reasons: the Israeli settlements are illegal under international law, they constitute a “potential” obstacle to peace, and they make a two states solution impossible. In fact, there are contradictions in the European policy towards Israel. Indeed, while the constructions of illegal settlements continue its expansion, the EU prefers not to take any coercive measures.

The oncoming European Parliament elections are here to remind ourselves the rise of the EU on the international field, promoting human rights as a motivation for its diplomatic relations. Considering that, one could wonder how the EU, gaining power on the international scale, deals with one of the most acute situation of our times: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and all its counterparts. From ex-colonial power to present commercial relations and development aid, the EU has a very special relationship with both nations, which is open to criticism and debate. 

For this purpose, we are glad to welcome:


Susan Rockwell is a member of Mattin Group, a small Ramallah-based partnership specializing in research and policy formation for the more  effective implementation of international humanitarian law. 


Wesam Ahmad is a member of Al-Haq, a Palestinian NGO established in 1979 in order to promote human rights and rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), from an international law perspective. It seeks both to document and address the wrongs done to the individual and collective rights of Palestinians, by using international law and international judiciary mechanisms.
The organisation has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

The lectures will be followed by debates with Dutch politicians and representatives of the VVD and PvdA, both of which are running for the EU parliament elections.

Preliminary program (changes may occur):

19:00-20:00 Lectures: EU and Israel/Palestine: Dead end or opening window?
20:00-20:30 Q&A session
20:30-20:45 Coffee break
20:45-21:30 Debate with representatives from VVD and PvdA, moderated by Guido van Leemput from United Civilians for Peace.
21:30 Q&A session and closure. 

The evening will take place at de Doelenzaal at the Universiteitsbibliotheek UvA