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Escalating Violence and Restrictions on Health in Palestine: An On-the-ground Perspective

May 1, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Escalating Violence and Restrictions on Health in Palestine: An On-the-ground Perspective Flier

Join the FXB Center’s Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights, the An-Najah National University Virtual Exchange Collaborative, and the An-Najah Global Health Institute for a panel discussion around the escalating violence and restrictions on health in Palestine with speakers offering perspectives from their work in the region. A Q&A session will follow presentations by the speakers.

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Introductory Remarks:

Dr. Abdulsalam Khayyat

Dr. Abdulsalam Khayyat, Vice President for Academic Affairs, An-Najah National University

Dr. Abdulsalam Khayyat is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at An-Najah National University. Dr. Khayyat is an associate Professor of Epidemiology, a Public Health expert in Palestine and the wider MENA region. Dr. Khayyat is a scientific collaborator at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel in Switzerland and Honorary senior researcher in the Population Health Sciences in Bristol Medical School at Bristol University, UK.
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Yara Asi

Yara M. Asi, PhD

Dr. Yara M. Asi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the School of Global Health Management and Informatics. Her research agenda focuses on global health, human rights, and development in fragile populations. She is a Non-resident Fellow at the Arab Center Washington DC, a 2020-2021 Fulbright US Scholar to the West Bank, a 2023-2024 Non-Resident Palestinian Fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and the co-chair of the Palestine Health Justice Working Group in the American Public Health Association. She previously served as the Fall 2021 US Fellow at Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Along with working at one of the first accountable care organizations in the United States, she has also worked with Amnesty International USA and the Palestinian American Research Center on policy and outreach issues.
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Benjamin Bouquet

Benjamin Bouquet, PhD

Ben Bouquet is a Technical Officer for Public Health and Human Rights with the World Health Organization in the occupied Palestinian territory. WHO’s Right to Health programme carries out monitoring and documentation of barriers to health and human rights in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and works to build capacities and advocate for increased respect, protection, and fulfillment of the right to health for all.
Maryam Mustafa

Maryam Mustafa, Community Health Worker

Maryam Mustafa and has been working in the Balata refugee camp as a health program coordinator for the past 2 years. Through her work experience she has gained an insight into the difficulties health workers can face but this has not dampened her enthusiasm. The medical world is full of intellectual, ethical, physical and emotional challenges which health workers face on a daily basis, yet this creates a dynamic profession which is among the most rewarding. Maryam firmly believes that well-being and health play very important roles in the lives of people these days and, as a people person herself, is very enthusiastic about working in a field that allows her to interact with different people and help them with their overall well-being. She has always longed to make a great impact on the lives of Palestinian people, mainly in the refugee camps where they suffer from all types of oppression, depression and injustice.
Ossama Mustafa

Ossama Mustafa, Yafa Cultural Center Director of International Relations and Projects

Ossama Mustafa works at the Yafa Cultural Center as a director of international relations and projects. His duty is to meet with international visitors from around the world, to explain the different issues related to the Palestinian cause, and to write project proposals in order to help the center maintain its various activities. He is also an English and French language teacher. He previously worked with the French Institute in Nablus as a pedagogical and administrative coordinator and with Project Hope as a Head Teacher of the English Program taught in the refugee camps of  Nablus (West Bank-Palestine). One of his duties was to develop an English curriculum suited to addressing the needs of the Palestinian students in the Nablus region. Moreover, he provides support to English and French teachers by mentoring them on suitable teaching methods. In 2007, he obtained a masters degree in European Studies (Economics, Politics, and Law) from Italy.

Fouad Nafaa

Dr. Fouad Nafaa, Head of Rafidia Hospital Surgical Department (Ministry of Health)

Dr. Fouad Nafaa is a consultant of general and laparoscopic surgery, the head of the surgery department at Rafidia Hospital (MoH) in Nablus, and the head of the Palestinian society for surgeons. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at An-Najah National University in Nablus.


May 1, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Zoom – Registration Required


FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University
An-Najah National University
An-Najah Global Health Institute