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Palestinian Childhoods: Human Rights, Mental Health and Resistance

Venue Birkbeck Clore Management Centre, B01
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Tickets for this event are no longer on sale online. If you would like to attend, you are welcome to register on the day and pay cash. Standard tickets are £40.

Both events take place in B01, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, London

The conference addresses the mental health of children and families in occupied Palestine, exploring the psychological and relational impacts of oppression and the denial of human rights. This focus on childhood will include experiences of arrest and imprisonment as well as children’s participation in Palestinian social and political life and their modes of resistance to occupation.

Friday Screening:

On the evening of Friday March 8th (18:00-21:00) there will be a screening of the film compilation 'Surviving Childhood'. This film features the the voices, actions and experiences of Palestinian children, representing experiences from the West Bank, Gaza and from refugee camps outside Palestine. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion in which participants will describe their own childhood experiences from different phases of Palestinian life from 1948 onwards.

Following the screening, Professor Lynne Segal will share her reflections, and then a panel discussion will take place.


Dr Gharda Karmi (Exeter University), Shahd Abusalama (Sheffield Hallam University), Reem Yaghi and Meran Zahran (Childrens' Parliament)

Chair: Mohammed Mukhaimer (UK-Palestine Mental Health Network)

This event is free but is only available to those who have booked for the main Palestinian Childhoods conference on Saturday March 9th. Places for the film screening will automatically be included in your ticket.

Please note: live filming, photography and audio recording (podcast) will take place at this event


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Conference opening address: Victoria Brittain, Journalist, Author and Human Rights Activist. Co-founder of Action for Palestinian Children. Author of Shadow Lives; the forgotten women of the war on terror.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kervorkian, Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Author of Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear and "Incarcerated Childhood and the Politics of Unchilding"

  • Doctor Samah Jabr, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and writer. Chair of the Mental Health Unit at the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Subject of the film Beyond the Frontlines: Tales of Resistance and Resilience in Palestine (Alexandra Dols, 2017, France)