A scientific symposium at Birzeit University and Bethlehem University entitled: To bring about change; Towards linking sociological research and action for social justice
The Palestinian Society for Sociology and Anthropology, in cooperation with the Social Sciences Departments at Birzeit University and the University of Bethlehem, hosted a lecture at the American University of Hofstra, Dr. Margaret Abraham, and the President of the World Society of Sociology at a panel discussion entitled "Making Change: Towards Linking Sociological Research with Action for Social Justice, The two meetings were held within a program aimed at identifying the colonial context in the Palestinian reality. The first meeting was held on 14/2/2017 at Birzeit University and the second meeting on February 16, 2017 at Bethlehem University with a group of lecturers and students in the Amateen.
Dr. Abraham has been concerned about the issue of social change in a world that is testing the rapid changes and class gaps between the rich and the poor in the world, the decay of the middle class and the decline of its role in societies. The concept of justice is based on the equitable distribution of wealth and the rights of individuals and societies to live in dignity under capitalist globalization. This can be done only through hard work at the global and local levels to achieve this justice.
In order to have a deep understanding of the reasons that led to the absence of global and local social justice, it is necessary to address the economic, political and cultural context of these societies and to challenge the traditional dimension of access to knowledge. This criticism applies to the concepts used to understand and analyze reality and not to be treated as Muslims. Understanding the link between knowledge, finance and associated problems, and the role of universities not only at the local level, but as an extension of the global system and hence the local and global entanglement, which must be the dismantling and criticism of information based on central knowledge.
Despite the importance of knowledge production through research and studies, research can not change the reality and social and economic policies. Hence the importance of linking social practice to knowledge transfer to policies that influence social justice. The concern of students and researchers is to mobilize Society and start a discussion in the public sphere and provide the society with solutions or ways to reach it, through the development of solutions for the reasons that established inequality and the absence of justice and not concern with the results only.
The two lectures were a welcome and a deep discussion of the presence of both lecturers and students with the previous approaches in clarifying social justice in the Palestinian context that succumbs to colonialism, which seeks to extract the rights of the national alongside its social and economic rights.
The President of the World Association of Sociology also called on Palestinian colleagues to contribute to the World Association's web site with articles and contributions on social sciences in Palestine, and to acquaint colleagues with the nature of the nature of the Palestinian colonial society and its phenomena. The colleagues promised to contribute soon to this platform.
The program included two meetings in Bethlehem on 16/2/2017. The first was represented by the youth of Ayed Camp, represented by Mr. Munther Amira, a youth activist in the Popular Resistance. He explained the challenges facing the camp residents from the colonial policies of the Israeli occupation, Children and youth, as well as social and economic problems. Mr. Amira explained the artistic and musical activities and programs implemented by the Center to create a window of hope for the camp residents.
He also referred to some of the projects that the Center has implemented in terms of reviving the collective memory of the Nakba through the ways to experience the "key to return" and "the return train". Currently, the return passport, which includes information on the displaced villages and historical photographs, The publication of the Palestinian historical narrative on the right of refugees.
The meeting was also attended by Mr. Nassar Ibrahim, Director of the Alternative Information Center in Beit Sahour, where the historical context of the conflict was clarified and the Palestinian cause was linked to an extensive reading between the Sykes-Picot Agreement and the Arab world's fragmentation, fragmentation and centrality of the Palestinian cause. Local and global.
On the following day, February 17, 2017, a visit was made to the city of Hebron to visit the Old City. The meeting was attended by Mr. Hisham Sharbati, a human rights activist who explained the violations of the rights of the inhabitants of the Old City and that it is one of the only cities suffering from colonial policies aimed at emptying the Old City Of the Palestinians after Jerusalem. During the tour, the violation of the rights and dignity of Palestinians at the checkpoints and the treatment of the Israeli soldiers with the Palestinians was examined.