Lecture Explores Settler Colonialism in North America and Palestine
On October 28, 2013, the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies at Birzeit University held a lecture on “Settler Colonialism in North America and Palestine.”
Guest speaker Fouad Moughrabi summarized his research, a comparative analysis between the settlement process in North America and Palestine, and the way the respective native peoples interacted with the process of settler colonialism. The core issue addressed by the lecture was, “What happens when those indigenous peoples lost their land and resources? How can they persist and continue to struggle for their fundamental rights?”
At the beginning of his lecture, Moughrabi emphasized the importance of the comparative approach saying it was necessary to look at different models in order to get the full picture. Moughrabi addressed discrimination in Palestine and apartheid in South Africa, explaining that the situation in Palestine is even worse than what happened in apartheid South Africa.
Moughrabi is a retired professor of International Relations and Political Psychology who taught at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a Senior Consultant at A.M Qattan Foundation.