We are pleased to host a range of acclaimed speakers from the fields of media, social activism, academia, politics, and human rights. Influential speakers will inspire visitors to action with engaging panel discussions. Speakers include:

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Farah Nabulsi

Farah is the daughter of Palestinians living in diaspora, who — unlike the millions that continue to remain stateless in refugee camps — were fortunate enough to make a home in 1970's Britain. 

As a result of a first-hand visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories that changed Farah in a deep and overwhelming way, in 2016 she founded a media production company, Native Liberty, with the aim of using art to help others ‘see and feel what the Palestinians experience.’ Her short films have been officially screened at a number of international film festivals as well as at the United Nations headquarters in New York. They have received endorsement from a number of notable figures including Noam Chomsky and Hanan Ashrawi. Farah also founded the informative online resource www.oceansofinjustice.com which deconstructs occupation and the human rights violations of Palestinians in a clear, simple and unprecedented way.

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Ilan Pappe

Professor Ilan Pappe is the Director of the European Center for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter.

He has written 20 books on Palestine. His most famous being, 'The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine' published in 2007. His most recent books are 'Israel and South Africa: the Many faces of Apartheid' and 'The Idea of Israel'. His forthcoming books are 'The Ten Myths of Israel' and 'The Biggest Prison on Earth: the history of the Israeli occupation'

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Lina Hadid Bouricha

Lina is a Doctor of Law with a focus on International Law and has been an advocate for Palestinian rights since she served on the board of the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) George Washington University during the first Intifada.  Of Palestinian heritage, Lina’s passion remains justice and human rights for Palestine. She has been working in international network building, fundraising, logistics coordination, collaboration with other professionals, social media outreach, and other efforts in support of Palestinian human rights and in opposition to apartheid in Israel.

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John Pilger

John Pilger is an award winning journalist and documentary film-maker, having won an Emmy and a BAFTA for his films.

His notable 2003 documentary ‘Palestine is still the Issue’ is a continuation of a project he first worked on in 1977, which was entitled ‘Palestine is still the issue’ (Part 2).

John’s articles appear worldwide in newspapers such as the Guardian, the Independent, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Mail & Guardian (South Africa), Aftonbladet (Sweden), Il Manifesto (Italy). He writes a regular column for the New Statesman, London. In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Sophie Prize for '30 years of exposing injustice and promoting human rights.' In 2009, he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.

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Ben White

Ben White is an analyst, journalist, and author. His articles have been published by the likes of Al Jazeera, The Guardian’s Comment is free, The Independent online, Middle East Monitor, Middle East Eye, Newsweek Middle East, and others. He has appeared as a guest expert on Al Jazeera English, TRT World, and the Islam Channel, as well as LBC, BBC World Service, and ABC (Australia). Ben is the author of three books: ‘Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide’, ‘Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy’, and ‘The 2014 Gaza War: 21 Questions & Answers’.

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Mariam Barghouti

Mariam is a Palestinian – American writer based in Ramallah. Her writing has been published in a number of international publications including: the International Business Times, the New York Times, Al-Jazeera and others. Maryam has faced a number of challenges living under occupation and has documented these injustices that she and all Palestinians face daily.

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Miko Peled

Miko Peled is a writer and activist born and raised in Jerusalem.  Driven by a personal family tragedy to explore Palestine, its people and their narrative, he has written a book about his journey called “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.”

The book covers the work in which Peled’s family has been involved since his grandparents immigrated to Palestine in the early 20th century, describing their work and their life in detail. Peled’s maternal grandfather was a signer on the Israeli Declaration of Independence; his father was a General in the Israeli army; in the 1970's his father pioneered the Israeli Palestinian dialogue and eventually met with Yasser Arafat. 

Miko has since been working tirelessly with the popular resistance, as well as speaking all over the world to demand equal rights for Palestinians.

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Tariq Ramadan

 

Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. His international academic roles and accolades are numerous and he has written on the wider Middle East for many years. He has also been outspoken in his writing and public speaking about the need to “defend Palestinians legitimate rights on the ground.”

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Rihab Abeideyah

Rihab is President of Emleson and also one of its founders. An Arabic teacher by profession in Jerusalem, RIhab has been working at the organisation for 25 years. In addition to her role at Emleson she is an Arabic language teacher at Abu Hamed Agazali school in Jerusalem.

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Shaykh Ebrahim Bham

Shaykh Ebrahim Bham was born and raised in South Africa. He has attained his masters in Islamic sciences and theology under great traditional scholars. Shaykh Ebrahim Bham is known to be one of the most active scholars in South Africa for education, development, advocacy and interfaith issues. He has served in various capacities in South Africa at Newtown Islamic Institute, Al-aqsa Institute, Mayfair Jame Masjid, and Hamidia Masjid.

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Soheir Asaad

Soheir is a Palestinian political and social feminist activist and a Human Rights lawyer. She is an elected member of the Central Committee of the Palestinian political party -  the National Democratic Assembly (NDA/ Al-Tajamoa). She also works as a legal researcher at Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. Recently, she finished a research fellowship in the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Research (in Tunisia) during which she conducted research on Israeli forced displacement and settlements policies on both sides of the green line. She has also worked as a Parliamentary adviser in the office of MK Haneen Zoabi, with a focus on Human Rights of Palestinian women citizens of Israel.

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Peter Oborne

Peter Oborne is the former chief political commentator of The Telegraph. He writes a weekly column for Middle East Eye and The Daily Mail.

He is most recently known for his participation in, and comment on, the ground-breaking Al-Jazeera documentary – ‘The Lobby’, which revealed the influence of the Israel lobby on British domestic politics, and most notably when an Israeli Embassy official talked of taking down a member of British parliament.

Long before this, Peter produced his own documentary on Palestine in 2009, entitled: ‘The pro-Israel Lobby in Britain’, as part of the Channel 4 Dispatches series.

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Malia Bouattia

Maila is the outgoing President of the NUS (National Union of Students) and was the first Muslim woman of colour to represent the student movement. In her year in the role she consistently stood firm on her position on Palestinian rights, most notably giving an emotional exit speech recently in which she chanted “Free Palestine!” She will be spending her last days as President campaigning for the general election.

 

 

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Chris Rose

Chris Rose is the Director of creative human rights organisation Amos Trust. He has travelled extensively to Amos’ partner projects on the West bank and in Gaza, led groups rebuilding Palestinian homes destroyed by the Israeli Army, run the Palestine marathon, performed at Bet Lahem live festival and more. He is Chair of, and one of the founders of, Kairos Britain, a UK response to the Kairos Palestine call and was a founder of Street Child World Cup in South Africa 2010. He is currently running Just Walk to Jerusalem Amos’ response to the centenary of the Balfour declaration and the call to #changetherecord.

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Tommy Sheppard MP

Born in Northern Ireland, Tommy graduated with a degree in politics, which started his lifelong interest in politics. Currently, Tommy is the SNP (Scottish National Party) MP for Edinburgh East.

He is also Vice-Chair of the Westminster All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Palestine and co-Spokesperson for SNP Friends of Palestine at Westminster. He has spoken out on a number of occasions for the human right of Palestinians, including speaking out about illegal settlements and the occupation.

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Leanne Mohammed

Leanne Mohamad is a 16-year old young British Palestinian who won the Redbridge Regional “Speak out” challenge in May 2016, after giving an impressive performance to enthusiastic applause. She delivered a speech entitled 'Birds not Bombs' based on her country and her passion, Palestine. Her speech called for peace and freedom, but was faced by a barrage of hate and attempts to silence her. Since then, she has gone on to become a leading activist in the fight for human rights, speaking and appearing at popular universities such as UCL alongside many other international speakers. 

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Hayat Amous Zughaier

Hayat is the Director of Public Relations and Supervisor for social services at the Emleson Society. She has been in this role since 2008, working to train leaders and promote volunteer work in the fields of:  summer camps leadership, women's leadership, crisis management, and the development of community institutions.

She is also a founder member and a volunteer at the 'Momken Association', which aims to help Palestinian woman and children to understand their rights, gender equality, focusing on health, education and economic progress for women and children. Hayat is also a volunteer at the Jerusalemite Womens Coalition.

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Dalal Lafi

Dalal is the General Director of Emleson Organisation, and one of its founders back in 1992. The Emleson Organisation is a grassroots association based in Jerusalem that works for the equality of Palestinian women through a number of programmes for women and children in crisis. Dalal has been at Emleson organization from the moment of its inception until now and is looking forward to telling her story and the story of many Palestinians in the UN tent at Palestine Expo.

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Emad Burnat

Born in 1972 in Palestine, Emad gained acclaim for his documentary film making about his life in the West Bank village of Bil’in. Most notably he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, making him the first ever Palestinian to be nominated for the award for his film ‘5 Broken Cameras.’ Palestine Expo are pleased to announce that we will be screening and discussing his film at the event.

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Iyad Burnat

Iyad has been leading the Bil’in resistance against the occupation and increasing encroachment of illegal Israeli settlements since.  Born in Bil’in in 1973, Iyad is the head of the organization Friends of Freedom and Justice in Bil’in and is the head of the Bil'in Popular Committee against the Wall that have campaigned against the wall since 2005.  Iyad is a lifelong activist and has had some very tragic personal experiences of the occupation. He also received the James Lawson Award for Achievement in the Practice of Nonviolent Conflict 2015.

Speaking on Sunday

 

Joudie Kalla

Joudie has been working as a chef for over 16 years after a lifetime of family influences in Palestinian cuisine. Her new book is a collection of vibrant vegan and vegetarian recipes that she has collated over many years of watching her grandmother mother and aunties cooking authentic Palestinian dishes.  Joudie created the collection of recipes with the aim of removing misconceptions of Middle Eastern food being little more than greasy kebabs. She wanted to create healthy, vibrant, moreish dishes that are easy to make and packed full of goodness. Palestine Expo is pleased to announce a ‘Live Kitchen’ with Joudie Kalla on the 3rd floor.

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Ronnie Barkan

Ronnie Barkan is an Israeli human rights activist, and co-founder of Boycott from Within, a group of Israeli citizens and residents which supports the Palestinian call for BDS. Ronnie has been involved in activism since 2004 when he took part in protests about the separation wall. He is also known for being a conscientious objector as he refused to complete his compulsory military service in Israel. He has also represented the Palestinian Popular struggle in the European Parliament.

Speaking on Sunday

 

Shadia Mansour

Known as the ‘First Lady of Arabic hip-hop’, Shadia was born in London to Palestinian parents from Haifa and Nazareth. With classical Arabic music influences around her, she began performing at a young age. Some of her performances included appearances at protests and rallies, meaning her involvement as an activist started early. She began rapping in 2003, and her lyrics have been critical of the occupation as well as of Israel’s attacks during the Gaza war.

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Khaled Jarrar

Khaled was born in the occupied West Bank and currently lives and works in Arizona, where he is researching the potential fallout of the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. Jarrar is also working on a film and multimedia series that documents his month-long journey with a group of migrants who traveled to Europe last year in order to draw attention to the plight of Syrian refugees. He has exhibited at a number of galleries around the world. He is a recipient of the 2016 Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Award, which recognizes international artists who are committed to the ideals of democracy and antifascism.

 

Aamer Rahman

Aamer Rahman is a comedian, TV personality, writer and activist. He first appearedonthecomedycircuitin2008,  asonehalfofpolitical comedyduo Fearof aBrownPlanet (FOABP) withhiscomedypartner,  NazeemHussain.  FOABP performedasold-outseasonattheMelbourneInternational Comedy Festival that year, and won the Festivals Best Newcomer Award. As a solo artist his Reverse Racism clip hit over a million followers and catapulted him in to the spotlight. His witty and sharp commentary on race and colonialism has been a hit all over the world.

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Amer Zahr

Amer is an Arab-American comedian, speaker, writer, and adjunct professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He is the founder of producer of the "1001 Laughs Ramallah Comedy Festival," a production in Palestine, as well as the annual "1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival" in Dearborn, Michigan, in partnership with the Arab American National Museum. He is also the filmmaker of "We're Not White," a comedic and informative approach to the Arab-American struggle to get a box on the United States Census Form. Amer is the author of the well-read blog "The Civil Arab," as well as his first book, "Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile.”

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Ashley Belal Chin

Ashley Chin aka “Muslim Belal” is a British actor, screenwriter, spoken word performance poet and rapper. Reverted to Islam from a Jamaican upbringing, he has shared his journey with thousands across the world with his story. He spends his spare time inspiring and mentoring young people by giving inspiring talks and doing interactive workshops.

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Dave Randall

Dave Randall is a guitarist, producer and composer of UK group Faithless. He has written a song about Palestine called ‘Freedom for Palestine’ His book ‘Sound System: The Political Power of Music' discusses some of his influences as a musician and activist, and looks at some interesting themes of the role of music in politics and society. The book also contains a chapter that focuses on Palestine and the impact of cultural boycott.

Dave is a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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David Miller

 

David is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath. His research interests mainly revolve around the role of communication in connection to power relations. As the Director of Spinwatch David’s research has included a report ‘The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre: Giving Peace a Chance?’ which gives insight into the public relations work of the Israel lobby.

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Asad Rehman

Asad is currently the Director of War on Want, before this he was Head of International Climate at Friends of the Earth. War on Want is an organization that is committed o social justice. It runs hard-hitting popular campaigns against the root causes of poverty and human rights violation.

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Virginia Tilley

Virginia is a professor of political science at Southern Illinois University, is the author of ‘The One-State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock’ in which she is critical of settlements stating that they are a serious threat to the two-state solution. Another of her books from a study commissioned by the South African government found that Israeli policies in Gaza and the West Bank are the same as apartheid and colonialism, as per international law.

Speaking on Saturday

 

Rawan Damen

Rawan is a Filmmaker and Media consultant - the CEO and Founder of Stream Media Consultancy. She has fifteen years experience in documentaries, TV programs and digital storytelling. She as a one-woman-show researched, produced, edited and directed more than 30 hours of TV documentaries, translated to multiple languages, including the internationally renowned award-winning documentary series Al-Nakba. Rawan worked as a senior commissioning producer at Al Jazeera Media Network for ten years supervising over 250 documentaries. Notably, the internationally award-winning project, Palestine Remix, the largest visual interactive website‫  on Palestine, alongside Rawan’s other film projects, will feature at Palestine Expo.

 

 

Asa Winstanley

Asa Winstanley is an investigative journalist who writes about Palestine and the Middle East. He first went to Palestine at the end of 2004 and worked in the occupied West Bank until 2007. Among other things, he was media coordinator for the International Solidarity Movement, and later wrote for and was an editor at the late Palestine Times, the first Palestinian English-language daily newspaper published in the occupied West Bank. He writes for the award-winning Palestinian news site The Electronic Intifada where he is an associate editor. He also writes a regular column for the Middle East Monitor. He has written for a number of other publications including a chapter in a book called Israel and Gaza: Behind the Media Veil, published by MEMO.

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Sarah Marusek

Sarah Marusek is a freelance researcher and writer for Public Interest Investigations/Spinwatch. She holds a PhD in social science from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She is also a member of the International Executive Committee of the Global March to Jerusalem. Her publications have included ‘ The Henry Jackson Society and the degeneration of British neoconservatism: Liberal interventionism, Islamophobia and the ‘War on Terror’ and How Israel attempts to mislead the United Nations: Deconstructing Israel’s campaign against the Palestinian Return Centre’.

 

 

Farrah Azam

Farrah Azam is a London based artist, entrepreneur and mother of two young sons (Zayd and Zakariya) who are her inspiration in life. After graduating from the University of Westminster with a BA in Psychology and Criminology, Farrah decided to explore her inner creativity. Inspired by her travels and natural artistic flair, she set up her first business, Bespoke Henna, in 2011. Farrah took the traditions of henna and infused it with various other art forms from the Eastern and Western world to create her signature ‘East meets West’ style. Her designs are carefully hand crafted onto a range of surfaces including home décor, fabric and musical instruments. Farrah’s talents have not gone unnoticed, with recognition from some of the world’s largest media outlets, including CNN News.With her growing reputation, Farrah has attracted high profile retail clients including Giorgio ArmaniHarrods and Selfridges.

In addition to her two businesses, Farrah also runs her own training academy where she provides both artistic and business coaching.

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