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High-Risk Activism and Popular Struggle against the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank

Since 2002, local Palestinian popular committees have led a grass roots struggle against the separation barrier Israel has constructed, mostly on Palestinian land inside the West Bank. Israelis and internationals have joined this social movement.  Using Doug McAdam’s conception of “high-risk activism” (derived from his study of the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964) Professor Joel Beinin will explore the history of the struggle and the motivations of Israelis for participating in it.

Event Details

Speaker: Professor Joel Beinin, Stanford University
Chair: Dr John Chalcraft, LSE
Date:  Tuesday 4 November 2014
Time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Event Hashtag: #LSEBeinin
Attendance: This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. Our events are very well attended, please make sure to arrive early. We cannot guarantee entry.



Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University. From 2006 to 2008 he served as Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo. Beinin’s research and writing focus on the social and cultural history and political economy of modern Egypt, Palestine, and Israel and on US policy in the Middle East.

Beit Furik checkpoint demonstration; copyright Michael Loadenthal, flickr.com
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