Israeli policy towards Gaza with ILAN PAPPÉ and SHIR HEVER

ILAN PAPPÉ and SHIR HEVER - play conference

Annotation The Great March of Return in Gaza has been a challenge for the Israeli security institutions. Although over 250 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces, the Israeli government's plan to invade the Gaza Strip was foiled because of internal divisions between the senior officers and populist politicians. The divisions have exposed that the Israeli military is undergoing a crisis of discipline, with soldiers disobeying orders and not being punished by their officers. This has created an opportunity for an effective nonviolent resistance by Palestinian groups, which has made some important achievements in the recent months. SPEAKERS Ilan Pappé was born in Haifa, Israel in 1954. He received his PhD from the University of Oxford and from 2007 he has been teaching at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. He is a fellow of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies; a Director of the European Center for Palestine Studies and co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies. Peppé has written more than a dozen books, including acclaimed best-seller The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (London 2007), A History of Modern Palestine (Cambridge 2003), The Modern Middle East (London 2012 Second Edition), The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories (Oneworld Publications 2016), and most recently Ten Myths about Israel (Verso 2017). “One of the most prominent Israeli political dissidents living in exile. He is also one of the few Israeli scholars of the conflict who write about the Palestinian side with real knowledge and empathy.” —Avi Shlaim, an Israeli historian, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and fellow of the British Academy. Dr. Shir Hever is an independent Israeli political economist and journalist, host of The Real News Network. Hever holds a Ph.D from the Free University of Berlin. Previously Hever worked at The Alternative Information Center in Jerusalem. Now he is based in Heidelberg, Germany. Hever is an author of The Political Economy of Israel's Occupation (Pluto, 2010). His most recent book is based on his Ph.D dissertation and is titled The Privatization of Israeli Security (Pluto Press, 2017). Hever is also an author of many research reports and articles: How Much International Aid to Palestinians Ends Up in the Israeli Economy? The Economic Impact of Displacement Analysis of the Economic Damage caused to Palestinian households as a Result of Displacement by Israeli Authorities Who profits from keeping Gaza on the brink of humanitarian catastrophe? Hever's research topics include: • Privatization of security • Global arms trade • Israeli arms trade and security sector • The economic aspect of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory • International aid to the Palestinians and to Israel Affiliations: • Jüdische Stimme für gerechten Frieden in Nahost (board member) – a Jewish German organization promoting just peace in Israel/Palestine. The organization is a member of the EJJP: European Jews for Just Peace. • Alternative Information Center, a joint Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit Sahour.