100 Years Later …
Presentation by Debbie Hubbard and Dean Reidt
Thursday, November 2 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Education Centre South Room 158
87 Avenue & 113 Street, U of A campus (map)
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On November 2, 1917 a promise was made by the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to the Zionist Federation that “His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object.”
A century later, the promise laid out the Balfour Declaration has indeed been fulfilled, but at what cost? Generations of Palestinians have only known dispossession from their homes and land and a military occupation that has violated their basic human rights.
In this presentation, human rights observers Debbie Hubbard and Dean Reidt will provide an overview of the occupation as it relates to international law and human rights, Canada’s foreign policy in relation to Israel/Palestine, access to education for Palestinian children, military detention and arrests of children, and house demolitions and the appropriation of land in the West Bank.
They will conclude with ways for all of us to participate in current national and international campaigns.
About the speakers
Debbie Hubbard and Dean Reidt served as human rights observers and accompaniers in Occupied East Jerusalem and Bethlehem in 2014-2015. Debbie recently returned to the West Bank for three weeks in March 2017. Since 2015, they have continued to share their experience and their ongoing learning about the realities of the Israeli occupation on the daily lives of Palestinians. Their goal is to see an end to the occupation and a just peace.
Debbie and Dean recently moved to the Okanagan after 25 years as residents of St. Albert.
PSN is a working group of the Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG), and we thank APIRG for its ongoing support.