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Settlements and the Occupation: An Israeli Legal Perspective

Discussion and Wine Reception
Please join the New American Foundation and our co-sponsor, Americans for Peace Now, for a briefing by Michael Sfard, followed by an end of day wine reception. 

Mr. Sfard is Israel's pre-eminent legal expert on settlements and the challenges posed by the broader infrastructure of Israeli occupation to the daily life of Palestinians, to the two-state solution, to American policy and to Israel's democracy.

Specializing in international human rights and humanitarian law, as well as the military laws by which Israel rules the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Mr. Sfard is Israel's most respected human rights lawyer.  He is the legal counsel of the human rights organization Yesh Din, and the lawyer for Peace Now's Settlement Watch project.  Mr. Sfard frequently appears in front of Israel's Supreme Court, including petitions concerning Israel's West Bank Barrier, land expropriations, and is leading legal efforts to compel Israel to evacuate illegal settlement outposts. He co-authored the book The Wall of Folly, a detailed account of the economic and human costs associated with Israel's construction of the separation barrier.  Mr Sfard's visit is being supported by the Carter Center.

Please join Michael Sfard, along with Co-Directors of the Middle East Task Force Daniel Levy and Amjad Atallah, who will serve as moderator and discussant respectively.


New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW 4th Floor
Washington, DC, 20036
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featured speaker
Michael Sfard
Human Rights Lawyer and Counsel, Yesh Din: Volunteers for Human Rights
Legal Adviser, Peace Now's Settlement Watch

Amjad Atallah
Director, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation

Daniel Levy
Director, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Event Photos

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