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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through the Eyes of a Palestinian Human Rights Activist

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through the Eyes of a Palestinian Human Rights Activist

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Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm
at the Teton County Library 125 Virginian Ln, Jackson, WY 83001

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Bassem Eid is a Jerusalem-based political analyst, human rights pioneer and expert commentator in Arab and Palestinian affairs. Bassem Eid was born in the Jordanian-occupied Old City in East Jerusalem and his place of residence became the United Nations Refugee Works Agency (UNRWA) refugee camp of Shuafat. He has spent 26 years researching UNRWA policies and has written extensively on the subject of UNRWA reform.

He rose to prominence during the first Palestinian Intifada as a senior field researcher for B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Bassem publicly condemned the widespread murder of Palestinian dissidents, often unrelated to the Intifada. He came under attack by many Palestinian leaders though he continued his criticisms of both Israeli and Palestinian armed forces. Arrested by Arafats' Presidential Guard, he was released after 25 hours following widespread international condemnation. He is also an outspoken critic of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Bassem has traveled widely to lecture on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In recent years he has traveled to Canada, Italy, Japan, and South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He presented his research on UNRWA to the British Parliament's Henry Jackson Society in December 2015.

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