Bill Mullen’s 2012 Trip to Palestine

Professor Bill Mullen of Purdue University visited Palestine in 2012 as part of the USACBI delegation. This is an itinerary of his trip.

Palestine

About Bill Mullen’s USACBI Delegation Trip
According to Socialtextjournal.org, the USACBI delegation trip took place over six days. Bill Mullen and other scholars met with a wide variety of Palestinian activists on the ground including Jamal Jum’a from Stop the Wall, Sam Bahour from The Right to Entry, Zacharia Odeh from the Jerusalem Civic Coalition, Anan Quzmar from The Right to Education campaign at Birzeit, and Fajr Harb, who engage in direct action methods of protest such as the Freedom Riders’ campaign.
Mullen and the other academics who took part in this trip travelled to East Jerusalem, Ramallah, Hebron, Bir zeit, Bethlehem, and Haifa, as well as refugee camps. They attended seminars held by Palestinian academics, a public event in Ramallah by The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, and another in Haifa organized by Mada Al-Carmel. In addition, the delegation met with academics at Bir zeit University, including president of Bir zeit, Khalil Hindi. They shared their ideas and political activity, as well as their experiences as academic activists.

Financial Support for the Delegation
The trip was funded by the following individuals and organizations:
–    Muwatin (The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy)
–    Zacharia Odeh from the Jerusalem Civic Coalition who arranged travel to Jerusalem and the West Bank
–    Morgan Cooper from The Palestinian Writing Workshop
–    Dany from the Royal Court Suites Hotel
–    Restaurants in Ramallah: La Vie, Sangria, and Azure

Members of Delegation
The Delegation consisted of five professors, all members of USACBI.
–    J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University
–    Robin D.G. Kelley, Gary Nash Professor of History, University of California Los Angeles
–    Bill Mullen, Professor of English, Purdue University
–    Nikhil Pal Singh, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History, New York University
–    Neferti Tadiar, Professor and Chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College

Itinerary of Six-Day Visit
Ramallah
–    Meeting with Jamal Juma, Coordinator of “Stop the Wall”
–    Meeting with Anan Quzmar from Right2Education, a Palestinian student organization at Birzeit University
–    Meeting with Palestinian Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PACBI) faculty members of Birzeit University. The delegation met (among others) Eileen Kuttab, associate professor of sociology at Birzeit, and professor of sociology Lisa Taraki. Tarako is a cofounder of the BDS movement together with Omar Barghouti.
–    Meeting with Dr. Khalil Hindi, president of Birzeit University.
–    Walking tour of Hebron (particularly the Jewish settlement in the Old City)
–    Possible meeting with Haneen Zoabi
Haifa
–    Meeting with Faculty and Administration of Mada Al-Carmel Research Center in Haifa: Nadim Rouhana, Founding Director.
–    Meeting with Janan Abdu, a research associate at the Mada al-Carmel Research Center in Haifa. According to the travel diary, Janan Abdu’s spouse is Ameer Makhoul, was arrested in May 10, 2010 during a raid on their home, tortured, and sentenced to six years in prison for spying. For further reading on Makhoul and his arrest on account of spying for Hezbollah. Makhoul leads Ittijah, the umbrella organization for Palestinian NGOs in Israel, as well as the Arab Follow-up Committee for the Defense of Civil Liberties.
Jerusalem
–    A visit to Jerusalem may have included a stop at the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus.
–    Sheikh Jarrah: Meeting with Al-Ghawi family. During this visit the delegation met with three other families as well.
–    Old City of Jerusalem: Visit with families deprived by ‘Israel’s occupation policies in Jerusalem.’
Aida Refugee Camp (Between Bethlehem and Beit Jalah)
–    The Lajee Center and the Alrowwad Cultural and Theater Society, founded by Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour.

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