Palestine on the Precipice: w/ Diana Buttu, former legal advisor to the PLO
Thursday, March 3 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Boston University: Photonics Room 206
8 St. Mary’s Street
Diana Buttu was born to Palestinian citizens of Israel who moved to
Canada to protect their daughter from the discrimination they faced in their homeland.After earning a law degree from Queen's University in Canada and a Masters of Law from Stanford University in the U.S., Ms. Buttu moved to Palestine in 2000. She says that this move was motivated by the fact that she "loved Palestine, yet hadn't really contributed." Shortly after her arrival, the second Intifada began and she took a position with the Negotiations Support Unit of the PLO.
In addition to her work with the Negotiations Support Unit, Diana has labored extensively to influence the way the situation in Palestine and Israel is depicted by the media. Ms. Buttu was also involved in litigation at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, which resulted in their landmark opinion against Israel’s wall, which cuts through swaths of Palestinian territory in the West Bank, dividing people from their schools, places of employment, and families.
While Diana Buttu is no longer employed by the PLO, she continues to work for justice for Palestinians. Ms. Buttu’s media work continues through collaboration with the Institute for Middle East Understanding. She also works with PalTel on sustainable agricultural development issues and teaches at Birzeit University in Ramallah.
SJP believes that while the Palestinian people must ultimately be able to decide their future in Palestine, certain key principles, grounded in international law, human rights, and basic standards of justice, are fundamental to a just resolution of the plight of the Palestinians. These include the full decolonization of all illegally held Palestinian lands, the end of the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. Furthermore, we believe in a just and fair resolution to the Palestinian right of return and repatriation of Palestinian refugees, as well as an end to the Israeli system of discrimination against the indigenous Palestinian population.
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