As the Palestinian people continue to resist Israeli violence, aggression and occupation following a renewed bombardment of Gaza, the Education City Speaker Series at Qatar Foundation will turn its focus on how their voices can – and should – be heard by the world.

The latest edition of the Education City Speaker Series will be held this Wednesday, 30 June, and will examine the Palestinian struggle through the eyes of activists, writers, and a leading Middle East journalist.

Amplifying Palestine’s Voice: Reality, Resilience

Titled Amplifying Palestine’s Voice: Reality, Resilience, and the Right to Freedom, the virtual discussion will be joined by Palestinian activist and musician Mariam Afifi, who became a symbol of courage after getting pictured smiling while being arrested during a protest against Israel’s forced eviction of residents of occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

EC Education Series - Amplifying Palestine’s VoiceShe will be joined by writer and researcher Mariam Barghouti, who lives in the Palestinian city of Ramallah; Palestinian-Egyptian writer, academic and former lawyer Dr Randa Abdel-Fattah, a Palestine and anti-racism advocate; and Jamal El Shayyal, an award-winning Al Jazeera senior correspondent with a track record of exposing human rights abuses.

The panel will discuss the suppression of freedom of speech, the global media narrative surrounding the Palestinian struggle and how people around the world can help to give Palestinians a voice. The discussion will be moderated by broadcast journalist Ghida Fakhry.

The Palestine-focused event will be the 9th edition of the Education City Speaker Series since it switched to online form last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dialogue for positive change

The Education City Speaker Series reflects Qatar Foundation’s commitment to dialogue as a force for positive change and its belief that new perspectives can be gained and solutions to global challenges found, through dialogue. The series is designed to give people in Qatar and from around the world an opportunity to hear from, and engage with, experts and thought leaders from a wide variety of fields.

The panel discussion will be followed by a 20-minute Q&A session, with the audience given the opportunity to pose their questions to the speaker. Viewers watching on Microsoft Teams will be able to access Arabic, English, French, Spanish, and Italian subtitles. The event will also be streamed live on Qatar Foundation’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels.

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