7th Mar 2017    
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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This year’s guest speaker
Prof. Penny Green (Queen Mary University of London)

Title of Lecture: Evicting Palestine: Israel’s criminal urban planning programme

The lecture will introduce the concept of state crime and the centrality of civil society (rather than law) in defining, exposing and ultimately challenging state criminality. I will then focus on Israel’s systematic and criminal programme of forced evictions in the historic entity of Palestine. More specifically, I will explore systems of land tenure and urban planning, interlocking with the construction of physical structures of apartheid (separation walls and Israeli only roads) and green and archaeological sites, designed to create a formidable over-arching mechanism for the eviction of Palestinian residents from their homes and traditional lands. In the process Palestinian people are denied basic human rights and services. In effect, I will argue, that what we are witnessing is a deviant urban planning apparatus, one whose primary aim is to construct new spaces that exclude Palestinians and facilitate the Judaisation of the urban environment. The paper will also examine Israel’s response to Palestinian non-violent resistance to these and other of Israeli state crimes. Penny Green is Professor of Law and Globalisation at Queen Mary University of London and Founder and Director of the award winning International State Crime Initiative (ISCI).
Tom Hurndall was a student at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). He was fatally wounded by the Israeli Defence Force whilst protecting Palestinian children in Gaza. He died on January 13th 2004. Since 2005 MMU has hosted a Memorial Lecture which has attracted prestigious figures willing to speak out against what was done in 2004 and what is still being done now by the Israeli State.

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