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Before Ferguson & Gaza: Black-Palestine Solidarity w/ Dr. Nassar

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A talk with professor & author, Dr. Maha Nassar
“Before Ferguson and Gaza: How Black-Palestinian Solidarity Impacts Social Justice Work Today”

Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 7 – 9 PM
First Church UCC (Sanctuary)
1407 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Co-hosted by:
Arizona Palestine Solidarity Alliance – Phoenix
Black Lives Matter – Phoenix Metro
First Church UCC

***FREE EVENT although we encourage all attendees to bring items to be used to assist those experiencing homelessness or economic insecurity, consisting of tuna or chicken cans/packets, or fruit cups, or granola bars, or snack chips/nuts.***

In summer 2014, social justice activists noticed striking similarities in how state violence was used against Black American protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, and against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Those parallels have led to a growing transnational movement between Black Americans and Palestinians to push back against dispossession, state violence and exclusionary nationalism in both contexts. Yet Black-Palestinian solidarity has a much richer history that goes back nearly a century.

In this talk, Dr. Maha Nassar argues that the historical circumstances and legal statuses of different groups of Palestinians have led them to draw on various streams of Black American thought. These streams include radical leftist and internationalist discourses, calls for non-violent resistance, and assertions of cultural pride.

Today, with the rise of right-wing governments in the United States and Israel, Palestinians continue to draw on the experiences of Black Americans to point out the similarities—and crucial differences—in the systems of oppression they each face. Understanding these dynamics helps us see the potential benefits and limitations of transnational social justice work today.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Maha Nassar is an associate professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona, where she teaches courses on Islam and Middle Eastern history. She holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Nassar’s research focuses on the modern history of the Arab world. Her book, Brothers Apart: Palestinian Citizens of Israel and the Arab World (Stanford University Press, 2017), received a 2018 Palestine Book Award.

She is also a 2018 Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project and a member of Al-Shabaka, the Palestine Policy Network. Her analysis and opinion pieces have appeared in The Washington Post, The Forward, and The Hill, among others.

This event is free & open to all!


First Church UCC Phoenix
1407 N 2nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85004 United States
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