Bassem Tamimi: Our Destiny is to Resist

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm
Photo of Bassem Tamimi flashing the victory sign
Bassem Tamimi is an internationally recognized Palestinian human rights activist from the farming village of Nabi Saleh in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, where he helps organize weekly nonviolent demonstrations in opposition to illegal Israeli settlement construction nearby and to Israel's military occupation. Free.
Humanities Building, Room 485
Political Science Department, Political Science Students Association, General Union of Palestinian Students, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Initiative
Beverly Voloshin
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Tamimi has been detained by the Israeli authorities more than a dozen times, at one point spending three years in administrative detention without trial. He has been described by the European Union as a human rights defender, and Amnesty International called for his release as a prisoner of conscience. In 2013 Bassem Tamimi and his family were featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story. Recently the Tamimi family and village of Nabi Saleh were in the news when the Tamimis’ daughter intervened in the assault and arrest of her young brother.

As part of his month-long U.S. speaking tour, Bassem Tamimi will visit SF State to speak about his village’s work for freedom and justice and the struggles his family and others in his village face because of injury and arrest by the Israeli military. This is an important opportunity to hear a Palestinian perspective on this long conflict.