Haaretz reporter will confront Israel’s systematic policy of creating enclaves as another way to divorce Palestinians from their land and history.
The journalist and author Amira Hass will deliver the 2018 Edward W. Said London Lecture.
In her lecture, Amira Hass will confront Israel’s determination to divorce the Palestinians – both mentally and physically – from land, history, space and movement. She will show how Israel implements this through creating Palestinian enclaves – a systematic policy successive Israeli governments have meticulously pursued in tandem with the internationally sponsored negotiations process.
Hass, who has lived in the West Bank since 1997, will use examples collected from daily life – from misleading road signs to the witnessing of small-scale expulsions – in an urgent call to attention. She warns: “As Israeli politics loses its last traces of shame and sheds the final, tattered remains of its liberal pretensions, the danger of more audacious mass expulsions of the Palestinians from their land is growing.”
Born in Jerusalem, in 1956, Amira Hass has been a reporter for the Israeli daily Haaretz since 1993. She lived in Gaza between 1993 and 1997 and, since then, in Al-Bireh, near Ramallah, in the West Bank.
Ahdaf Soueif, Edward W. Said London Lecture Organising Committee, says: “Amira Hass is consistently brave, articulate and well-informed. She has been uncompromising in her commitment to justice. We are privileged to have her deliver the Edward W. Said London Lecture.”
The Preventable: Israeli Fantasies and Techniques of Population Expulsion
27 March 2018, 7pm
The Royal Geographical Society, Ondaatje Theatre
Tickets: £14; £8 students/concessions
Jacqueline Rose, Edward W. Said London Lecture Organising Committee, says: “Amira Hass is one of the rare Israeli journalists to have dedicated herself to the systematic uncovering of injustice towards the Palestinian people in the Occupied Territories, injustices perpetrated by the Israeli state claiming to act in the name of the Jewish people. Speaking `truth to power,’ she is the perfect embodiment of the spirit that inspires our lecture and the ongoing legacy of Edward W. Said.”
Hass is the author of two books: Drinking the Sea at Gaza (Metropolitan, 2000) and Reporting from Ramallah (Semiotexte, 2003). Since 2001, she has been a columnist for the Italian weekly Internazionale, which published a collection of her articles in a book ( Domani andra peggio, or Tomorrow Will Be Worse) in 2005. Hass is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors.
The Edward W. Said London Lecture, held in honour of the Palestinian thinker and critic, has become an annual event in London’s cultural calendar. It is being held at The Royal Geographical Society this year.
Tickets are available from: http://mosaicrooms.org/event/edward-w-said-london-lecture-2018. For media accreditation, please contact Daniel Kramb at FMcM Associates below.
Notes to Editors
About Edward W. Said London Lecture Series
Literary critic, writer, activist, and spokesperson for the Palestinian cause, Edward Said (1935- 2003) was one of the most influential intellectuals of his time. Supported by the A. M. Qattan Foundation and London Review of Books, the lecture series aims to promote his spirit through the continued examination of the links between culture and politics in the Middle East and across the world. With previous lectures by Mahmood Mamdani, Naomi Klein, Marina Warner, Rashid Khalidi, Ahdaf Soueif, Raja Shehadeh, Noam Chomsky and Daniel Barenboim, the series gives his legacy a public platform in the very heart of cultural and intellectual life in the UK.
About A.M. Qattan Foundation / The Mosaic Rooms
The A.M. Qattan Foundation was founded in 1994 and registered as a charity in the UK. Since 1998, it has worked towards the development of culture and education in Palestine and the Arab world, with a particular focus on children, teachers and artists. The Mosaic Rooms present a programme of free contemporary art exhibitions, talks, films, and other special events. A non-profit gallery and cultural space in West London dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary culture from and about the Arab world, it forms part of the A.M. Qattan Foundation.