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Are we Complicit in Dehumanising the Palestinian People?

Title: Are we Complicit in Dehumanising the Palestinian People?
Speakers: Khaleel Desai, Zinia Khan
Date: 20 November 2015
Time: 18:45 - 20:30
Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP


Event Details:

Care about Palestine? Put your money where your mouth is.

The illegal occupation of West Bank and the blockade of Gaza rightly raises many passions.

In recent years, the eruptions of conflict in Palestine have received greater and more nuanced media coverage that ever before. During each escalation in the conflict, energised and enraged by images of the suffering on our TV screens, we see thousands of people across the world, overwhelmingly but certainly not entirely Muslims, take to the streets in protest of the treatment of Palestinians.  But this is not enough. It is incumbent upon us to do more. So what are the most effective ways for us to make the greatest positive impact to the lives of the people of Palestine. Is international advocacy the best way forward? What actions can we take individually and collectively to influence the UK government's foreign policy towards Palestine?

Recent years have also seen the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement grow from the grassroots to slowly make an impact at economic, cultural and academic levels in Israel. Whilst the BDS Movement has its merits, as most notably witnessed during the apartheid ear, is there a more effective way of supporting the Palestinian people?

Lastly, in this discussion we will also get an update on the current situation in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.


Speaker Details:

Khaleel Desai’s professional background is as a human rights and legal advisor to the Government’s Legal Service. That means for the last eight years he has worked in Whitehall advising various government departments. He has advised on the legal aspects of education, health and home office policy. He has also been involved in several high-profile cases brought before the High Court in the form of Judicial Review proceedings testing the scope of the European Convention of Human Rights. He was also a senior solicitor to the Leveson Inquiry into ethics, practices and culture within the British press on the back of the phone hacking scandal. Before that he trained and qualified in the City of London as a commercial lawyer after graduating from Leeds and Leiden Universities.

Most recently Khaleel has been working in Palestine and specifically East Jerusalem. He has been acting as an advisor to several local Palestinian NGOs and civil society organisations working to broaden their scope and advise on ways of achieving maximum impact for their work. 

Zinia Khan has a BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology and Surface Textile from London College of Fashion. She is the first Muslim ethical designer in the UK and is the founder of Zinia K. She has a wide range of experience over the last 10 years: working as a designer for high street brands, working with the youth and BME community delivering creative therapy projects, and upcycling and eco workshops.

She is the World Hijab Day UK ambassador and has a dress displayed at the Museum of London, which inspired her to leave mainstream fashion and focus on her ethical brand that puts humans before profit. Zinia works as a project manager at MADE in Europe and manages the MADE shop promoting products ethically sourced from Palestine.


Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact us: