Time and location

Monday, 3 April 2016, 19:00 - 21:00
Diplomatic Academy, Festsaal
Favoritenstraße 15a, 1040 Vienna


Tariq Dana
Center for Development Studies, Birzeit University

Nur Arafeh
Palestinian Policy Network Al-Shabaka

Helmut Krieger, University of Vienna/VIDC

Magda Seewald, VIDC

Languages: English and German with simultaneous interpretation

Registration: seewald@remove-this.vidc.org

50 Years of Israeli Occupation – On the Future of Palestine



In December 2016 the UN-Security Council condemned in its resolution 2334 the Israeli construction of settlement within the occupied Palestinian territories as a violation of international law. According to the Security Council the occupying power has to fulfill its legal obligations and has to stop any settlement activities immediately. This is an important precondition in order to reach a just and comprehensive peace on the basis of a Two-State Solution within the borders of 1967.

100 years after the Balfour-Declaration, 70 years after the UN-partition plan of the historical Palestine and 50 years after the beginning of the Israeli occupation, the year 2017 shows impressively that such a just and comprehensive peace is more remote than ever since. Almost routinely, the various arguments and approaches to a solution of the conflict circulate, without even changing the status quo.
In recent years, however, a younger generation of Palestinian scientist and activists has spoken out more strongly. How do representatives of this generation assess the political strategies of the Palestinian national movement that have been developed over the last decades? What political ideas and utopias have different social movements in today's Palestine? What would be the necessary steps and initiatives considering the fragmentation of Palestinian society and the ongoing occupation? What measures would Israel have to take to reach a common and fair solution? How to rethink a common future in the whole area?


Nur Arafeh

is the Policy Fellow of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, and a researcher in economic development. She previously worked as an Associate Researcher at the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS), as a Visiting Lecturer of Economics at Al-Quds Bard College, and as a Teaching Assistant at Columbia University. She has written numerous op-eds, in Arabic, English and French, in The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, Le Monde Diplomatique and Al-Akhbar, among other outlets. Nur has a dual BA degree in political science and economics from the Paris Institute of Political Studies-Sciences Po and Columbia University, and holds an MPhil degree in development studies from the University of Cambridge. She will start her PhD studies at the University of Oxford in October 2017.


Tariq Dana

is the director of the Center for Development Studies at Birzeit University. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies and a faculty member at the MA program in International Studies, where he teaches courses on global political economy. He is also a Policy Advisor at the Palestinian Policy Network (al-Shabaka). Tariq Dana has worked with many Palestinian and international NGOs and UN agencies in the occupied Palestinian territory, Africa and Europe. His research interests include civil society, NGOs and social movements, neoliberalism, and globalization and state-building with a particular focus on Palestine.


Helmut Krieger

is a social scientist and researcher at the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna as well as a consultant to the VIDC. His main research areas are the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, movements of political Islam in the Arab world, critical state theories and postcolonial theory. One of his most recent publications is “Umkämpfte Staatlichkeit. Palästina zwischen Besatzung, Entwicklung und politischem Islam“ (2015). Furthermore, he is the Austrian project coordinator of an APPEAR project entitled Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context, a partnership between the University of Vienna, Birzeit University in the West Bank, and Al Azhar University in the Gaza Strip.

Magda Seewald

works as a project manager at the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) since 2005. In this function she coordinates the VIDC series on the Arab uprisings. Beside her focus on the Arab Region Magda works on gender and engaging men and boy for gender equality. She graduated in political science at the University of Vienna.