Thursday, October 23, 2008
Dr. Allam Jarrar
The entire delegation, the human rights track and the medical track, met together in Nablus tonight with our dear friend Dr. Allam Jarrar of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society. Dr. Jarrar is active in civil society activism and the Palestinian Initiative. Dr. Jarrar provided us with a detailed lecture on the current state of both the resistance to the occupation and internal Palestinian politics. Above all, Dr. Jarrar emphasizes that Israel maintains more control over the daily life of Palestinians than ever. He emphasizes that the combination of the military occupation of the West Bank, the continuing colonization of the West Bank--approaching 500,000 settlers in the West Bank--and a regime of racial discrimination that includes Palestinians living in Israel, paints a bleak picture for any hope of achieving a just resolution to the ongoing conflict. Despite this, he continues to work within the framework of civil society to build support for an infrastrucure of democratic institutions outside of the Palestinian Authority and promote non-violent resistance to the Occupation.