From Colonization to Occupation: Israel and the Palestintians


Arland Jacobson

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Israel’s occupation of Palestinian Territories (the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip) began in 1967. This presentation will explore some key questions:

What is “occupation”?

  • What are the international laws of occupation?
  • Is Israel subject to these laws of occupation?
  • How in practice is the occupation implemented?
  • What are the effects of the occupation on the Palestinian people?
  • What are the effects of the occupation on the soldiers implementing it?
  • Do Palestinians have the right to resist the occupation?
  • How did the occupation evolve into colonization?
  • What are the effects of this colonization on Palestinians? The perspective adopted in this presentation is that Israel is subject to the international laws of occupation, and that their implementation of the occupation has resulted in massive and pervasive injustice to Palestinians.

Arland Jacobson is a Resident Scholar at the Collegeville Institute. He is former Executive Director of the CHARIS Ecumenical Center and Fargo/Moorhead Communiversity, located on the campus of Concordia College. Prior to his ecumenical work, he was Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN). He traveled to Israel/Palestine in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010-2011, and 2013. He has also made several trips to Jordan, Egypt, and Turkey.

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