Join Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network for a webinar launching the international Week of Action to Free Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners. The imprisonment of Palestinian national leader Ahmad Sa’adat highlights not only the use of imprisonment as a key colonial weapon of the Israeli occupation but also the complicity of the Palestinian Authority and the direction of imperialist powers like the US, Britain and EU countries.
Noted scholar Lena Meari will speak about the history and present of Palestinian resistance and steadfastness — sumud — behind bars, and the Palestinian prisoners’ movement’s struggle against colonialism and leadership in the liberation struggle. She will be joined by Hadeel Shatara, coordinator of Samidoun Palestine, discussing Palestinian political prisoners detained by the Palestinian Authority amid “security coordination” with the Israeli occupation, and Mohammed Khatib, coordinator of Samidoun in Europe, on the case of Ahmad Sa’adat and the struggle to revive the Palestinian revolution.
Event will take place in English with French translation.
Lena Meari, born in Haifa to a refugee family from Al-Birweh village. Integrated in her academic training and research various disciplines including: Anthropology, Psychology as well as Gender Studies and Development. An assistant professor of Anthropology at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University. Completed her PhD at the University of California, Davis. Her PhD dissertation titled “Sumud: A Philosophy of Confronting Interrogation” investigates the transforming colonial relations in colonized Palestine from the perspective of the interrogation-encounter. Has special interest in the geopolitics of knowledge production, decolonized methodologies, colonial structures and colonial relations, the politics of sumud, revolutionary subjectivity, anti-colonial feminist theory, and critical approaches to the concept of development with emphasis on Palestine and the Arab World.