On Friday, October 15th, the American journalist Peter Beinart hosted Mossawa Center founder Jafar Farah and Executive Director Suha Salman-Mousa, in an online webinar joined by more than 120 participants. Peter Beinart is a leading progressive columnist and commentator on the Palestinian cause in the United States.
Farah and Salman-Mousa presented a detailed explanation of the status and role of the Palestinians since the Nakba (the 1948 Palestinian exodus). They proceeded to talk about the influence of the Nakba and its’ impact on the Palestinian community in the country, as well as the legal, economic and social discrimination they face, as well as the strength of the Palestian society in promoting the Palestian cause and defending the human rights of their people.
Following, were talks of the illegal evictions of Palestinian Arabs from unrecognized villages in the Negev, and the widespread phenomena of police brutality and settler terrorism towards Arab citizens during the May 2021 violent events.
Substantial questions were raised surrounding the role of Palestians in current affairs and the significance of the United Arab List joining the government coalition alongside right-wing settler parties. In addition, the possibility of implementing a two-state solution for both parties was discussed.
The Mossawa Center went on to call on the participants of the webinar, which will later be posted online, to support the work of The Center and other human rights organizations, and to advocate for the human rights of the Palestinian people living inside the boundaries of the Green Line with policy makers, representatives and popular media in the United States.
The meeting was attended by a number of researchers and activists residing in different regions of the United States.