Pursuing Justice: A Legal Perspective on Palestine and the Rachel Corrie Case

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
Photo of Hussein Abu Hussein
Hussein Abu Hussein, attorney for the family of Rachel Corrie in their civil lawsuit in Israel, and Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of activist Rachel Corrie, discuss the situation in Israel/Palestine, institutionalized discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel and outcomes of the Corrie civil lawsuit in Israeli courts. Abu Hussein will also address the role of lawyering in advancing social and political transformation. Free.
Humanities Building, Room 485
Political Science Department, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, Race and Resistance Studies
Beverly Voloshin
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Since 1976, Abu Hussein has worked on human rights issues on behalf of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including land confiscation, discrimination and political imprisonment. He is a co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights, past chair of the board of Ittijah: The Union of Arab Community-Based Associations, chair of the board of Adalah — the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and co-author of Access Denied: Palestinian Access to Land in Israel.

In 2003, Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer in Gaza as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home. Since then, the Corrie family has sought accountability for Rachel’s death and change in U.S. foreign policy regarding Israel/Palestine — through efforts with the U.S. Congress, U.S. departments of State and Justice, Israeli government and in actions in Israeli and U.S. courts. The Corries carry on their daughter’s work through the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice. In October 2012, they accepted the LennonOno Grant for Peace on behalf of Rachel.