Tag: middle east

The Relationship Between Peace & Democracy in the Middle East

Mustafa Barghouti
"Peace and Democracy: The Reality of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict"
Tuesday, April 25 2006, 7:00 pm, 1100 Grainger Hall
"Democracy in Palestine: The Role of Civil Society"
Wednesday, April 26 2006, 7:00 pm, Pyle Center
Seminar for students, faculty, and the public
Thursday, April 27 2006, 12:20 pm, Location TBA

Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi is a leading human rights activist in the non-violent struggle to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine. A medical doctor, he is an outspoken advocate for the development of Palestinian civil society and grassroots democracy and an organizer of international solidarity presence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. He founded and served for twenty- five years as President of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, leaving that post to run for Palestinian President in 2005. He remains on the Board of Directors. In 2002, Dr. Barghouthi co-founded Al Mubadara (the Palestinian National Initiative) along with Edward Said, Haider Abdel-Shafi and Ibrahim Dakak, and currently serves as its Secretary General. An alternative to both the autocracy and corruption of the governing Fatah party and the fundamentalism of groups like Hamas, Al Mubadara aims to build the institutional framework of Palestinian civil society and promote the principles of internal democracy and good governance. It tries to strengthen ties between Palestinians everywhere, to mobilise mass non-violence and international solidarity as the preferred means of resisting the Israeli Occupation, and to make the Palestinian story visible in the international news media. In 2006, Dr. Barghouthi was elected to the Palestinian Parliament as an independent candidate.


Born in Jerusalem in 1954, Dr. Barghouthi trained as a medical doctor in the former Soviet Union, with postgraduate work in Jerusalem and at Stanford University. Dr. Barghouthi has led the introduction of modern concepts of health care in Palestine. From 1978 till 1988, he worked at Jerusalem’s Maqassed Hospital in neurosurgery, internal medicine, cardiology, and ultimately as Chief Physician of Primary Healthcare Clinics.

In 1979, Dr. Barghouthi co-founded the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), a non-profit NGO of which he was later elected President. PMRS aims to provide Palestinians, particularly vulnerable groups such as women, children, the elderly, the disabled, and those living in isolated areas, with essential healthcare services. PMRS today is one of the largest providers of primary healthcare services throughout the Palestinian Territory, with a staff of 380 health professionals and 38,000 volunteers. It currently works in 495 Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps, providing services to 1.3 million Palestinians each year. The PMRS has pioneered the development of healthcare models such as the Community-Based Rehabilitation program, aimed at providing rehabilitation services to disabled persons and facilitating their integration into their communities. The PMRS has also been at the forefront of efforts to target the most vulnerable sectors of Palestinian society, through its Women’s and Child Health services.

At the height of the first Intifada in 1989, Dr. Barghouthi co-founded the Health Development Information and Policy Institute (HDIP), a health policy think-tank. HDIP also houses the Palestine Monitor, a clearing-house for the 95-member Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO). Launched at the beginning of the current Intifada, the Palestine Monitor conveys the viewpoints of Palestinian civil society to the press and international community. Its website acts as one of the key information sources on the conflict, with more than 1.5 million hits per month.

Does Anyone Really Want Peace in the Middle East?

Joan Mandell
“Whose Story Do We Hear, Whose Story Do We Tell?: Choosing Narratives for Activism on Israel-Palestine”
Tuesday, November 6, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“Boycott? Comparative Views from Israel/Palestine, Myanmar/Burma, South Africa/Azania, the US/Atzlan”
Wednesday, November 7, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Public Seminar
Thursday, November 8, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science Building

Co-sponsored by the UW Middle East Studies Program and the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

There are no suggested readings for Joan Mandell's visit. Instead, we have made three of her films available online for streaming (no downloads). The films are only available on computers within the UW campus network, and you'll need to use the username "soc994" and password "walsh" to be able to see them. To watch the films in a computer lab on campus, you might 1) bring headphones with you 2) bring a campus ID with you and borrow headphones from the lab's help desk or 3) use the computer lab in Van Hise that has headphones at each terminal.

Here are the links for the films:

JOAN MANDELL is the director of Olive Branch Productions, based in Detroit, Michigan, where she is a documentary producer, curator and educator. Her film and video career spans two decades and includes films for PBS, UNIFEM (United Nation's Women's Organization) and international broadcast. Her award-winning films, Tales from Arab Detroit, Gaza Ghetto, and Voices in Exile are widely taught on US college campuses. As a university educator, Joan Mandell has taught film and video production, international film history and media literacy at the University of California/Irvine, the College for Contemporary Studies, Detroit and to college students traveling around the world through the Semester-at-Sea program. Joan Mandell has lived and worked in the Middle East for nearly a third of her adult life. She was an instructor of English as a second language at Birzeit University, editor at Al Fajr newsweekly and a Fulbright Scholar to the West Bank/Palestine. She served on the editorial board of Middle East Report for two decades and has been an active member of the New Day Films cooperative for 12 years. Joan Mandell was a Felton Scholar in Media Literacy and an Affiliated Scholar at the von Grunebaum Center for Near East Studies at UCLA. She earned an MFA in Theater, Film and Television at UCLA.

Palestine: Past, Present and Future

Ilan Pappé
"The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, 1948-1967"
Tuesday, November 15, 7pm, 2650 Humanities
"Squaring the Circle: the Failure of the Middle East Peace Process"
Wednesday, November 16, 7pm, 2650 Humanities
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, November 17, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by GLOBAL STUDIES

ILAN PAPPÉ is a fellow of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. He is the director of the European Center for Palestine Studies and the co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies. His recent books include: Gaza in Crisis (Haymarket, 2011), with Noam Chomsky; The Husaynis: The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty (California University Press, 2011); and The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel (Yale Univeristy Press, 2011). He is also the author of A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oneworld 2007). A native of Haifa, Professor Pappé obtained his BA degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1979 and the D. Phil from the University of Oxford in 1984. He founded and directed the Academic Institute for Peace in Givat Haviva, Israel between 1992 and 2000, and was the Chair of the Emil Tuma Institute for Palestine Studies in Haifa between 2000 and 2006. Professor Pappé was a senior lecturer in the department of Middle Eastern History and the Department of Political Science in Haifa University, Israel between 1984 and 2006.


Eyes in Gaza: What did we see? What can we do?

Mads Gilbert
"Eyes in Gaza: What did we see? What can we do?"
Thursday, April 12, 7pm, 180 Science Hall

This tour has been made possible by the Carol Chomsky Memorial Fund

Recently returned from his first visit to Gaza since Israel’s Dec. ’08 – Jan. ‘09 “Operation Cast Lead,” Dr. Mads Gilbert will discuss his experiences working alongside doctors in Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital during the Israeli attack and the relevance of Gaza in the broader context of US-Israeli foreign affairs today.

MADS GILBERT, M.D. Ph.D., is a specialist in anesthesiology and a leader of the emergency medicine department of University Hospital of North Norway, and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Tromsø. Gilbert is considered by many to be Norway’s most distinguished and celebrated surgeon. In addition to his research and practice at Tromsø hospital, he co-founded NORWAC, a Norwegian-Palestinian humanitarian aid organization. He has also played a central role in helping Tromsø send more health care workers to the Palestinian territories than any other city in the world. On numerous occasions since the 1970s, he has served as a doctor in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon. He worked in an underground Palestinian refugee camp hospital in Beirut during the 1982 Israeli invasion and bombardment of Lebanon, and he and his colleague, Dr. Erik Fosse, were two of only a small handful of westerners in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead from Dec. 27th 2008 to January 18th, 2009.