Since the Palestinian Authority’s killing of political activist Nizar Banat in June, Palestinians have been holding protests in Ramallah and other parts of the West Bank. The PA has responded with tear gas, stun grenades, and harassment of human rights defenders and journalists, in what has been described as a “concerted crackdown on freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest.” In recent weeks, dozens of protesters - including prominent human rights activists - were detained by PA security forces.
While the detainees have since been released, the crackdown highlights the Palestinian leadership’s diminishing tolerance for dissent as well as a deeper crisis of legitimacy. What’s behind these latest protests as well as the PA’s crackdown against them? What is the relationship between the protests in Ramallah and recent Palestinian popular political mobilizations in Gaza, Jerusalem, and inside the Green Line? And what do these Palestinian initiatives mean for the overarching struggle against ongoing Israeli occupation and dispossession?
To shed light on these and other issues, the Middle East Institute (MEI) and Foundation for Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) are pleased to invite you to join a public webinar featuring: Dr. Hanan Ashrawi - Palestinian leader and critic of the PA’s repression of Palestinian popular protest - together with Fadi Quran, a prominent activist who was among those recently detained by the PA.