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[Geography] Dr. Oren Yiftachel, member of the Board of Directors of IFCCS which promotes Palestinian Right of Return

The Institute for Comparative Conflict Studies (IFCCS) is a new initiative
of a group of scholars and activists who came together to explore various
forms of transformative education. Building on critical theories of social
analysis, the Institute aims to become a space in which people can engage
the dynamics of conflict in a comparative framework. While most scholars
tend to exceptionalize the conflicts they study, our aim is to work within
a comparative framework that highlights broader dynamics of societies in
conflict. To this end, our programs are focused on the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict and on the conflicts in the successor states of the former
Yugoslavia. The members of our team bring both a personal and professional
commitment to these conflicts, making the Institute a new venue to explore
issues of power, collective action, and individual agency.


Ziad Abu-Rish
Orli Fridman
Maram Masarwi
Sarah Anne Minkin

  Board of Directors

Dusan I. Bjelic
Jelisaveta Blagojevic
Umar Ighbarieh
Miki Jacevic
Norma Musih
Isis Nusair
Oren Yiftachel


Irrit Dweck
Sajida Jalalzai

Celica Abushawish
Ekhlas Salame
Randa Wahbe

“Towards Return of Palestinian Refugees: Practices, Strategies, and Visions”
Tel-Aviv June 22-24 2008
Support of the Right of Return is the moral and political basis for peace
between Israelis and Palestinians. Recognition of the Right of Return is,
therefore, the basis for this conference. The goal of this conference is promoting public debate
around questions concerning the return of Palestinian refugees, to open a wide
array of ideas and proposals about different possibilities of return. Central
questions this conference raises are how can the return occur in practice, and what shapes
of shared life will be possible to develop with the return of Palestinian
The conference is open to the general public. Entry is free of charge.
All activities will have translation to Hebrew, Arabic, and English (unless
otherwise noted).
***JUNE 22nd, 2008 ****
Zochrot Gallery 61 Ibn Gvirol St. (enter at 13 Maneh St.) Tel-Aviv
At Zochrot Gallery: Architecture of destruction, fear, and subordination
Visual Essay: Ariella Azoulay
Photographers: Activestills, Dorit Hershkovitz, Joseph Algazy, B’tselem,
Sua Zid, Nir Kafri, Yehetzkel Lein, Dafna Kaplan, Miki Kratsman, Ian Sternthal
Schemes: Meira Kovlaski
Exhibit design: Michael Gordon
Publishing the third issue of Sedek,
A Journal on the Ongoing Nakba:
Toward the Return of Palestinian Refugees: Practicalities, Strategies and Visions
***JUNE 23rd, 2008 ****
Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) House, 26 Ibn Gvirol St. (enter at 1
Danielle Frish St.) Tel-Aviv
Exhibition: Bridging Memory
Documentation of ensconcing pictures of Palestinian refugees from the
village Ras Al-Akhmar at the
village’s ruins, today the Israeli village Kerem Ben Zamra. Since the
Nakba, the refugees have been
living in the refugee camp Ein Al-Hilwe in Lebanon.
A stand offering the third issue of Sedek and back issues, videos, maps,
and other publications.
11:00-11:30 > Gathering & Registration
11:30-11:45 > OPENING REMARKS:
Eitan Bronstein, Zochrot
11:45-13:30> 1st Panel: Practicalities of Return - how will Return occur?
Host: Nada Matta, PhD candidate NYU
Norma Musih, Zochrot: Initial thoughts on refugees’ return
Wakim Wakim, ADRID secretary, refugee from Al-Basa: Thoughts on initial
thoughts on refugees’ return
Mohammad Jaradat, Badil: Review and possibilities for future solution
Yael Lerer, political activist and publisher: Shared language, shared
vision, shared struggle
13:30-15:00 > Break lunch
15:00-16:45 > 2nd Panel: Planning projects for Return
Host: Shlomit Bauman, Zochrot, artist, curator
Hannah Farrah, artist, architect from Bir’im: A model for building
Bir’im anew
Soliman Fahmawi, ADRID: Planning for building anew of Al-Ghabsyye village
Buthaina Dabit, architect: Planning of
al-Ramla with the Return
Amnon Bar Or, architect: Principles of restoration for building anew
Palestinian communities
Responder: Liat Brix, architect, BLOCK magazine
16:45-17:00 > Break refreshments
17:00-18:45 > 3rd Panel: After the Return
Host: Hulud Idris, Mahapach-Tagir
Yoni Eshpar, “One State” group: One state as a framework for return
Sami Abu Shehadeh, Zochrot: The Return is good for Jews
Ariella Azoulay, lecturer, curator, theorist: would you agree to return?
Adi Ophir, lecturer, philosopher: Return as utopia
Responder: Yana Knopova, Coalition of Women for Peace
18:45-19:00 > Break refreshments
19:00-20:45 > 4th Panel: Spheres of action - what can be done today?
Host: Tal Dor, Zochrot
Uri Gordon, activist and author: Anarchism and Return – theory and practice
Einat Luzati, Bar’am Kibbutz member: Thinking the village Bir’im
Aim Duelle Luski, lecturer, curator and philosopher: Critic of terms Return
and Occupation - deconstruction and reversed violence
Benny Zipper, Culture and Literature editor for Ha’aretz: Writing the Return
20:45-21:15 > Last Word
Zochrot: Eitan Reich
Poetry reading: Mati Shmoelof & Yasmeen Daher.
Song: Raneen Geries & Uri Gopher
*** JUNE 24th, 2008 ****
9:00-11:00am > (recommended*)
Tiles and bytes interactive tour of Jaffa’s cultural sites disappeared
during the Nakba. * Map distributed at
ZOA during conference - independent tours.
13:00 – 15:00 > Workshop: Interviewing refugees. Conducted by Diana
Allan, co-manager of
the project The Nakba Archive (conducted in English).
Zochrot Gallery 61 Ibn Gvirol St. Tel-Aviv.
17:00-18:30 > Tour between ruins of the village Sheikh Muwannis hosted by Magdulin
Beedess, a refugee of the village.
‘The Green House’, 24 George Weiss Street, Ramat Aviv.
20:00-22:00 > Closing event:
Zochrot videos – about and by Zochrot
The Nakba Archives, Diana Kowen Allan presents the project and media from
among more than 500
interviews with refugees living in Lebanon already collected.
System Ali Jaffa raps
Al-Manshyyah: (Charles Clore Park, across from the train station)
Zochrot is an organization that acts with the goal of raising awareness of
the Palestinian Nakba, the destruction of villages, the
expelling and killing, within the Jewish Israeli in order to promote
responsibility bearing for the injustice done (and that continues
to be done) to Palestinians. Zochrot supports the Right of Return as a
personal and a collective right without which a shared future
is unthinkable.
Donations to cover the conference costs and contribute to Zochrot’s
activities are welcome.
Zochrot | Ibn Gvirol 61, Tel Aviv Jaffa 64362
For more information contact Zochrot:
03.6953155 / Rona Even 054.764.1230
The conference is supported by the Iris O Brien Foundation
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