During this lecture, dr. Peter Malcontent will place the current developments within the region in their historic context. How did Israel and the Palestine territories come to be? Why has there not been a solution to the ongoing conflict? What is Zionism? And who are Hamas? An evening with historical context to better understand the current situation. Following this lecture, Maha Abdallah will give a response after which there will be ample time for questions and discussion.

Peter Malcontent is Assistant Professor History of International Relations at Utrecht University and a specialist on the history of human rights and Dutch foreign policy in that field. In 2018, he published the book Een Open Zenuw. Nederland, Israël & Palestina (An Open Nerve. The Netherlands, Israel & Palestine). A historical expert on the situation, he regularly appears in Dutch media to provide context regarding the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Maha Abdallah is Doctoral Researcher and Coordinator of the Law and Development Research Network at the  University of Antwerp. She has worked for different humanitarian organizations in the West Bank and Egypt.

The event will be moderated by Jeff Handmaker, Associate Professor of Legal Sociology at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University (Hague Campus).

This event is only accessible for (PhD)students and employees of Dutch universities. Anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, sexist and racist comments, and personal attacks instead of substantive discussion will not be tolerated. Bring your student- or employee card, ticket, and identification to the event.

Date: Wednesday 15 November 2023
Time: Doors open: 19:30-21:00 hrs (walk-in 19:15 hrs)
Location: Erasmus Paviljoen

Ticket information:
Entrance: Free (entrance only for (phd)students and employees of Dutch universities)

Organised by Studium Generale and Jeff Handmaker (ISS)