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The 3rd International Conference on the Return of Palestinian Refugees
Chair: Dr. Anat Leibler – A fellow of the Science, Numbers and Politics research project, the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities- "They are doing it for themselves”: Lessons learned From Self-Organized Return in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina / Dr. Selma Porobić – Activist and Forced Migration scholar, Director of the Centre for refugee and IDP studies, University of Sarajevo
- Repatriation and Reintegration: Lessons From Rwanda / Justine Mbabazi Rukeba – International lawyer and development practitioner, expert in transitional justice, peace and security, and community integration; Team Leader, Deloitte/USAID, Juba, South Sudan- How Can the Return be realized: Learning from International Precedents / Muhammad Kayyal - Association for the Defence of the Rights of Internally Displaced Persons
Since the beginning of the Nakba in 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have lost home and homeland due to the ongoing violence of the State of Israel and Zionist militias against civilian populations. To this day, most Palestinians are refugees dispersed in various locations worldwide, many of them victims of a second and even third displacement.
For 68 years, Israel has consistently prevented the Palestinian refugees from returning.
Zochrot works to promote recognition and responsibility-taking by Jewish Israeli society for its part in the ongoing Nakba and realize the return of Palestinian refugees as the necessary redress of the Nakba.
The conference seeks to examine different ways of promoting return today as well as imagine the post-return reality. Its point of departure is recognition of the right of return and its objective is to explore how return will occur in practice, and how it can offer an opportunity for living together in a truly democratic, egalitarian and just regime for all inhabitants of this country. Accordingly, the issues discussed in the conference will focus on the post-return political, cultural, educational, economic and planning realities, as well as on current spaces and activities to promote return in practice.
Zochrot’s activities, including this conference, reach out primarily to Jewish Israeli society in order to promote discussion of return. However, the conference is open to anyone interested in return and contributing to its promotion.
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