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Palestine Digital Activism Forum 2021
Digital Conference • 29 March – 1 April 2021
See schedule online
7amleh, The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media
Major social media companies, various local and international organisations, and more
than 75 speakers and trainers will be at PDAF to discuss digital rights, particularly in the
context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fifth edition of the Palestine Digital Activism Forum will be the biggest digital event focusing on Palestinian digital rights ever. The PDAF will last for four days between 29 March and April 1 of this year. The forum will shed light on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Palestinian digital rights, and the future of these rights in the post-pandemic era, through a number of policy sessions, digital dialogues and training workshops aimed at building the professional capacity of participants in various fields.
The PDAF is being held this year with the participation of major social media companies such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as a number of UN, international, regional and local institutions. It will host more than 70 speakers and trainers from different fields, to share with us their different experiences and expertise within the various forum activities.
The activities of the first and second days focus on a set of policy sessions that discuss the issues of Palestinian digital rights, with the participation of representatives of social media companies and a group of inspiring speakers who will share their experiences with the PDAF audience, such as Noura Erikat and Amer Zaher.
The activities of the third and fourth day will mainly focus on various and diverse evening training sessions, workshops and digital dialogues aimed at building and enriching the professional capabilities of the participants in various fields.
Indigenous Solidarity: Our Struggles Unite
Webinar • 30 March 2021
11am PT, 2pm ET (US, Canada) / 5pm UTC / 6pm UK / 8pm Palestine
Palestine Solidarity Campaign
From Turtle Island to Khirbet Humsa, from Standing Rock to Haifa, indigenous people resist settler colonialism and its practises of surveillance, containment, military checkpoints, police brutality, mass incarceration, displacement, theft of water and other natural resources, and environmental destruction.
Many indigenous activists are standing together to resist parallel colonial agendas, learning, and strengthening mutual resistance to racist rule and injustice. Activists in solidarity with Palestinians have also joined forces with other indigenous solidarity movements to build united struggles.
On Land Day, join activists from the indigenous solidarity movements to discuss how we build our struggle against settler colonialism.
Sorcha Thom son, PSC Youth and Student Committee (Chair)
Malek Rasamny, Director and Producer of the Native and the Refugee Project
Matt Peterson, Director and Producer of the Native and the Refugee Project
Mark Luetchford, Chair of Western Sahara Campaign UK
Media Training with FCNL
Webinar • 30 March 2021
10:30am PT, 1:30pm ET (US, Canada) / 5:30 UTC / 8:30 Palestine
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
Join CMEP’s Director of Communications and Tim McHugh from Friends Committee on
National Legislation to learn tips for getting your letter to the editor or oped published in your local paper. An LTE amplifies your voice, moving others to act. They can reward a member of Congress or raise objections. Either way, officials take notice when mentioned in their local paper. Tim McHugh leads organizational efforts to communicate about issues, victories, priorities, and updates through all available news channels – specifically the major media outlets. He is responsible for providing FCNL staff with opportunities to convey our message – in print and through the airways – to the public and throughout the country. He keeps FCNL issues and staff on the collective radars of reporters and journalists nationwide. Lastly, he runs FCNL several media-focused social media channels.
Ticket price $35
End Medical Apartheid, from the U.S. to Palestine
Webinar • 31 March 2021
9am PT, 12 noon ET (US, Canada) / 4pm UTC / 7pm Palestine
Jewish Voice for Peace
The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated existing medical inequalities around the world. While vaccines are a symbol of hope and optimism, we see how their distribution continues to be reflective of racist and settler colonial dynamics around the access to healthcare.
Israel – an occupying power – continues to be praised for its swift vaccine rollout, while hospitals in the West Bank are beyond 100% capacity, and Israel continues to deny life-saving vaccines to the majority of Palestinians under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza.
Meanwhile, in the US, Indigenous, Black, and brown communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus, but are receiving vaccinations at a much lower rate than white Americans.
Join our coalition in conversation with Congress people, health experts and doctors from Palestine and the US as we call on Congress to take decisive action to end medical apartheid, and ensure fight for equitable healthcare access.
Speakers (list in progress):
Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta, British Palestinian Surgeon, American University of Beirut Medical Center and Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University
Dr Sahar AlSulibe, M.D., Palestinian Medical Relief Society, Hebron
We are Not Numbers, Gaza
Robert Cohen: Micah’s Paradigm Shift
Webinar • 31 March 2021
11am PT, 2pm ET (US, Canada) / 6pm UTC / 9pm Palestine
Indiana Center for Middle East Peace
Robert Cohen is one of the UK’s leading Jewish dissidents. He has been “writing from the edge” since 2011, about Israel/Palestine and interfaith relations in his blog, Micah’s Paradigm Shift (from Micah 6.8: “What does the Lord require of you?”). His writings have been published in Mondoweiss, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, and others. His latest column: “We need to decolonise our understanding of antisemitism.”
Christ at the Checkpoint 2021: Hope and Resilience in a Broken World
Conference • 10-14 June 2021
See website for schedule: https://christatthecheckpoint.bethbc.edu
Location: Bethlehem, Palestine
Join is in the year 2021 in Bethlehem for the sixth international Christ at the Checkpoint conference. The theme will be Hope and Resilience in a Broken World. Join us as what we consider what it means to follow Christ in the shadow of walls and conflict, and how to be resilient in our Christian witness, keep hope alive, seek just peace and truth, and preach good news in the midst of a broken world.
We are a community of evangelical Christians who believe that following Jesus with integrity means that our lives are formed by our love for God, the teaching of the Bible and a fearless life of discipleship in the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe that one of the first hallmarks of discipleship is love for both our own community and for our enemies. We wish to find Jesus at the center of everything we do and to make his life our life. Which means finding courageous love for Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews alike.
Learn more and Register: https://christatthecheckpoint.bethbc.edu