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The 3rd International Conference on the Return of Palestinian Refugees
From: 21-22/03/2016

Panel: The Return of Palestinian Refugees in the local Civil Society Discourse

Chair: Liat Rosenberg – Director of Zochrot

  • 1967 And Not 1948? On the language, Space and Time of Human Rights Organizations in Israel: Lifta as a Metaphor / Prof. Daphna Golan –Director of Human Rights Fellowship Program, Minerva Center for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Visibility, Documentation, Testimony and the Big Elephant / Yudit Ilany – sociopolitical activist and freelance documentarist; photojournalist and correspondent for the Israel Social TV; parliamentary advisor for Member of Knesset Haneen Zoabi
  • Practical Return in Palestinian Civil Society: Challenges and Opportunities / Badil – Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights, Bethlehem
  • The Intensified Political Activism to Promote Return in Palestinian Society Within 1948 / Nadim Nashif – Director of Baladna, Association for Arab Youth, Haifa


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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. 

More about the conference, click here