Where Does the Palestinian National Movement Go from Here?


Hanan Ashrawi

Palestinian Political and Civil Society Leader, Academic, Legislator, Activist

Mustafa Barghouti

Palestinian Physician, Activist, and Politician; General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI)

Leila Farsakh

Palestinian Political Economist and Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Boston

Khalil Shikaki

Professor of Political Science; Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR)


Headshot of Khalil E. Jahshan

Khalil E. Jahshan

Executive Director

Arab Center Washington DC

About the Webinar

Six months into Israel’s war on Gaza, more than 34,000 Palestinians have been killed, including 14,500 children, 2 million have been displaced and at least 75,000 injured, while over 1 million are facing catastrophic food insecurity. Meanwhile, Israel, the United States, and other countries have been discussing the “day after” in Gaza and considering various options, essentially dictating the future of the Palestinians without their input. At the same time, the current Palestinian political landscape remains divided and ineffective, leaving the Palestinian people without representation or leadership.

Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) is organizing this keynote webinar with prominent and experienced Palestinian activist leaders and academics to discuss the future of Palestine at this critical juncture for the Palestinian people. The discussion will address the current state of the war and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, present Palestinian public opinion and what Palestinians want, and explore new approaches to Palestinian leadership and representation. The panelists will provide their expert perspectives on the prospects for the Palestinian national movement in the wake of the war on Gaza, the legitimacy crisis of the Palestinian Authority, and calls for reforming the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

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Thursday April 18, 2024


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET