Friday, February 13, 2009

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti Speaks In Providence 2/14

Palestine in Context: The Occupation, the Siege, and what Lies Ahead

A Lecture by Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian political activist, doctor, and leading figure for humanitarian aid and non-violent resistance.

Saturday February 14th, 3 pm, MacMillan 117 (167 Thayer Street)


Dr. Mustafa Barghouti is a physician and political activist; advocate for the development of Palestinian civil society and grassroots democracy; international spokesman for the Palestinian NGO sector, and organizer of international solidarity presence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He writes extensively for a local and international audience on civil society, democracy issues and the political situation in Palestine, and on health development policy for Palestinians living under occupation. He supports non-violent resistance as the most effective means of overcoming Israeli occupation.
In June 2002, Barghouti, Haidar Abdel-Shafi, Ibrahim Dakkak and Edward Said established the Palestinian National Initiative (al-Mubadara al-Wataniyya al-Filistiniyya), an attempt to build a reformist, inclusive alternative to both the established Palestine Liberation Organization and to Islamic militant groups such as Hamas. Barghouti currently serves as the Initiative's general secretary.

In 1979, Barghouti founded the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, a non-governmental organization which provides health care and related services in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He continues to serve as the Union's president. In 1989, Barghouti was one of the founders of the Health, Development, Information and Policy Institute, a think tank representing an alliance of 90 Palestinian community organizations.


Sponsored by Common Ground: Justice & Equality in Palestine/Israel, End the Siege Coalition, and Rhode Island Mobilization Committee

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