A member of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization who was deported from Israel two years ago is expected to address today, Tuesday, June 22, a special meeting being held in the Knesset, after having received an invitation from two lawmakers. Omar Shakir, an American national who serves as the regional director of HRW’s Israel/Palestine division, was expelled from the country by Israeli authorities in November 2019. Now, however, Shakir is poised to remotely address today’s special Knesset event via ZOOM.
Two lawmakers are organizing the event, Hadash MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List) and Meretz MK Mossi Raz. Titled “After 54 Years: Between Occupation and Apartheid,” the peace and anti-colonialist event is set to be held in the Jerusalem Hall in the Knesset. It is being sponsored by Human Rights Watch, B’Tselem, Adalah, Peace Now, Yesh Din, Gisha, and Breaking the Silence.
According to MK Touma-Sliman, “The event will feature representatives from human rights organizations and academics who will present the political and legal situation in the Palestinian occupied territories and within Israel, marking 54 years of occupation.”
After presentations by the different organizations, there will be a discussion between MKs, activists and guests regarding the future of the struggle against the occupation and for peace. The registration for the event is closed because of limited space. However, the event will be broadcast live from 12:00 to 14:00 on Knesset TV Channel (33).