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Solidarity with Palestinians: Transcending race, religion and national boundaries

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This forum is organised by the Academic Staff Association of the University of Malaya (PKAUM) and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Malaysia.

Panel members:

Dr Ang Swee Chai is the first female orthopaedic consultant appointed to the St Bartholomew and the Royal London Hospitals. She served as a volunteer surgeon in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps (Beirut) and in Gaza and the West Bank. In 1987, President Yasser Arafat awarded her the Star of Palestine, the highest award for service to the Palestinian people.

Prof Ilan Pappé was born in Haifa to German Jewish parents who fled Nazi persecution in the 1930s. He is the world’s leading historian on the events surrounding 1948 in Palestine/Israel and is the author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006). He currently directs the University of Exeter’s European Centre for Palestine Studies

Dr Azzam Tamimi is a British-Palestinian writer, analyst and commentator. Up until 2008, he was director of the London-based Institute of Islamic Political Thought. Between 2004 and 2006, he was visiting professor at Kyoto and Nagoya universities in Japan, and in July 2006 he co-founded the London-based Alhiwar Arabic satellite TV channel.

Prof Nazari Ismail is a professor of business studies at the University of Malaya and a Fulbright scholar at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2000. In 2018, he participated in one of the European legs of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza. He is currently chairman of BDS Malaysia.

Afaf Alnajjar is a Palestinian student of English literature at the Islamic University of Gaza. She is also a writer at a Gaza-based organisation We Are Not Numbers. In the 18 years of her life, she has endured four major attacks on Gaza by Zionist occupation forces.

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