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Available Expert - Protests continue along Gaza strip as 70 anniversary of the Nakba observed

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Queen’s University Professor of Film and Media Dorit Naaman is available to comment on the ongoing protests in Jerusalem and Gaza which have seen 60 people die and nearly 2,200. The demonstrators in Gaza are demanding Return to the villages and towns from which they were expelled in 1948 during the Nakba which marks its 70th anniversary today.

 “Seventy years ago today, Israel declared its independence and, at the end of a brutal war, secured itself a territory for a Jewish state with an Arab minority, but without recognizable borders,” says Professor Naaman. “In 1967, Israel conquered the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and since then, the favourable international political solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was to establish two states along the lines of the June 4, 1967 borders. Today, the U.S. moved its embassy to Jerusalem, in effect, declaring that the two-state solution is dead.”

Professor Naaman is a dual citizen of Israel and Canada, and a documentary filmmaker. For the past ten years, she has researched the Palestinian Nakba and its repercussions, and produced an interactive documentary Jerusalem, We Are Here.

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