Palestine Program Webinars

Settler Colonialism, Structural Racism, and The Palestinian Right to Health Special Edition: A conversation with the Authors


In December 2022 the Health and Human Rights Journal published a special section on the Palestinian right to health aiming to explore the conceptual and material connections between settler colonialism, structural racism, and human rights approaches to Palestinian health. On Wednesday, December 14, 2022 the Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights at the FXB Center hosted a webinar during which the editors and authors engaged in discussions on their paper contributions to this special edition.

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The Embodiment of Protest: Hunger Strikes, Human Rights, and the Health of Palestinian Political Prisoners


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Hunger strikes have been used as means for non-violent resistance and protest over the past several decades by Palestinian political prisoners in Israel/Palestine. During this webinar on October 3 3022, the featured panelists drew on their expertise and experience in the fields of health and human rights to explore various legal, medical, and human rights dimensions of hunger strikes being staged by Palestinian political prisoners. The conversation was moderated by Randa Wahbe of Harvard University’s Department of Anthropology.

This event was co-sponsored by the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative, Religion and Public Life at Harvard Divinity School and the Middle East Forum, Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.

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Shifting Ecosystems, Distorted Landscapes & “Slow” Violence: An Eco-Social Discussion on Health & Environment in Palestine


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This panel discussion held on February 23, 2022 explored the relationship of land, environment, and health in Palestine through application of eco-social theory to health and environment, settler colonialism as a determinant of health, the concept of “slow” violence, and historical trauma.

This event was co-sponsored by Birzeit University, the Religion and Public Life’s Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative (RCPI) at Harvard Divinity School, a joint initiative with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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From Resilience to Resistance: The State of Children’s Health in the Occupied Palestinian Territory


In this panel held on Nov. 1, 2021, experts discussed the impacts of ongoing acute and chronic events that lead to the physical and emotional trauma of children in Palestine and associated short- and long-term health consequences. The conversation was moderated by FXB’s Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha.


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From Dialogue to Accountability: The Struggle to Implement Rights in Israel/Palestine


On June 16, 2021, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights hosted its third webinar in its latest series focused on health, human rights, and the pursuit of accountability in the overall context of Israel/Palestine. Centering on the recent attacks on the Gaza Strip, panelists discussed the context, challenges, and urgent action for health and human rights accountability. The organizations represented in this discussion are involved in the daily pursuits of justice in Israel/Palestine. Speakers included Beth Oppenheim, Ghada Majadle, Nuriya Oswald and Suhad Bishara. The conversation was moderated by Harvard University’s David Mills.

This event was co-sponsored by Religion and Public Life’s Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative (RCPI) at Harvard Divinity School.

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Health Under Siege: From Sheikh Jarrah to Gaza


Amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Palestine, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights convened world experts in history, politics, public health and human rights for a panel discussion. The event will provide historical context for current events and focus on a number of timely topics, including the situation on the ground in Palestine and the health system/capability in Occupied Palestinian Territories. Speakers included:

  • Yasser Abu Jamei, Director General of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme
  • Weeam Hammoudeh, Assistant Professor, Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University
  • Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University

This May 21, 2021 event was co-sponsored by the Religion, Conflict and Peace Initiative (RCPI) at Harvard Divinity School and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.

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The ICC’s Latest Ruling: Implications for Israel/Palestine Justice, Human Rights and Health


In a landmark decision on Feb. 5, 2021, the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed the Court’s territorial jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute “grave crimes committed” in the territory occupied by Israel since 1967 (the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem). FXB’s Dr. Jennifer Leaning moderated a March 9, 2021 panel discussion with legal experts Ioannis Kalpouzos, Richard Falk, and Rania Muhareb and discussed the specifics of the ICC decision, implications for justice in Israel/Palestine, and the potential impact on the health and human rights of Palestinians.

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