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The Palestinian Struggle: Water as a Form of Control

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Boston University • 725 Commonwealth Avenue • room B18 • Boston
 
Water has always always been essential to life and development, and access to clean water has been declared a Human Right by the United Nations. What happens when water becomes a form of control? Join us for a panel discussion followed by a Q&A session about water (in)justice in Palestine. Panelists include Nancy Murray from the Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine, Nidal al-Azraq from 1for3.org, and Kevin Murray, an independent scholar focusing on Human Rights and access to water. The Panel will be moderated by Students for Justice in Palestine, and hopes to be educational, thought provoking, and timely.

The location of the event is in the College of Arts and Sciences (725 Commonwealth avenue) in room B18.

Description of Speakers:

Nancy Murray

Nancy Murray has been an activist for peace with justice in the Middle East since 1988, when she paid her first visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Holding a Ph.D. in history from Oxford University, she has taught at universities and prisons, and worked on human rights issues in the UK and Kenya as well as the US, where for 25 years she was director of education at the ACLU of Massachusetts. She is the author of Palestinians: Life Under Occupation and numerous articles on Israel/Palestine, including a chapter in the 2013 book, The Failure of the Two-State Solution. 

Nidal Al-Azraq 

Nidal Al-Azraq is a Palestinian refugee who was born and raised in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, the West Bank, Palestine. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree with Honors from Harvard Extension School. He is currently working as the executive director of 1for3.org, a US based organization that focuses on water, food, health, and environmental work in Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank. He has been involved for over 15 years in working with young Palestinian refugees in refugee camps in the West Bank though human rights, empowerment, and political education projects. 

Kevin Murray

Kevin Murray is an independent consultant and researcher focused on resource rights, especially the rights to land and water. He has served on the staff of Oxfam America, The Center for Global Education, Jesuit Refugee Service, Lutheran World Relief and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and as the Executive Director of Grassroots International (GRI) and the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at Northeastern University School of Law. Work on water issues has been a constant throughout those experiences, and as ED of Grassroots International, he worked closely with organizations active in the struggle for Palestinian rights, including the rights to land and water. He is author of many books, articles and reports on human rights issues including, most recently, The Human Right to Water in the United States: A Primer for Lawyers and Community Leaders.

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