This Thursday, you are all invited at 19:30 in Forum (B0404/online) for an evening focused on the struggled of Palestinian peasants. This event is organized by Stichting Boerengroep and the Rural Sociology Group, in response to the decision of the Dutch government in January 2022 to withdraw their financial support for the Union of Agricultural Workers Committee (UAWC). The UAWC is an important civil society organization supporting Palestinian farmers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The decision to withdraw the Dutch funding comes at a difficult time for Palestinian civil society organisations. In November 2021, the Israeli army declared the UAWC and five other Palestinian groups that are active in human, cultural and labour rights as “terrorist organisations”, without any clear evidence.
With this event, we want to draw attention to the issues faced by Palestinian farmers and the precarious situation the UAWC is in, due to the decision of the Dutch government to withdraw their funding.
We have invited three speakers to explain the situation, after which we will have enough time for a group discussion, with a focus on the Dutch context and the possible roles for Wageningen to play.
- Moayyad Bshara – Advocacy and Lobbying Department Director at UAWC.
- Salah Freijat – legumes and dates farmer from the Jordan Valley.
- Christian Henderson – lecturer International Relations and Modern Middle East Studies at the University of Leiden and part of Dutch Scholars for Palestine.
Alexandra Rijke – lecturer at the Cultural Geography group, researcher with focus on Israel/Palestine.
Position paper by Dutch Scholars for Palestine, condemning the decision of the Dutch government to de-fund the UAWC: https://www.change.org/…/dutch-government-response-to…