• FRIDAY 9TH JULY 2021
  • 7:00PM GMT


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What this is about ...

Recent Israeli government assaults on the Al Aqsa mosque and airstrikes in Gaza have once again ignited Palestinian resistance and the call to hold the Zionist state accountable for gross violations of Palestinian civil and human rights. Unprecedented protests worldwide in support of Palestinians have left an indelible mark on the younger generations. As Israeli settlers continue to seize Palestinian homes and land, school children in countries that support Israel, such as in the UK, are being targeted as potential "extremists" for showing solidarity with the Palestinians. Western government support for Israel and zionism has been central to the War on Terror narrative. While Palestinian resistance remains crucial to their very identity and survival, every form of this resistance has been deemed "terrorism" and "extremism" by those governments. CAGE has gathered a unique panel of highly specialised and qualified guests to present the plight of the Palestinians and suggest a way forward for one of the longest-standing military occupations in modern history.


Dr Basem Naim

Dr Basem Naim was born in Gaza in 1963, he is a father of 10 children, a Palestinian politician and academic. He holds a PHD degree in general surgery and has worked in Al Shifa hospital in Gaza. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Islamic University. From 2006 - 2012 

Dr Basem held several ministerial portfolio’s including the Minister of Health and the Minister of Youth and from 2012 - 2014 he worked as an advisor to the Palestinian Prime Minister on International Relations. He is the head of the boycott campaign in Palestine and the head of international relations for Hamas. 

Dr Azzam Tamimi

Dr Azzam Tamimi is a British-Palestinian writer, analyst and commentator. He obtained his doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Westminster in London, 1998. 

Until 2008, he was the Director of the London-based Institute of Islamic Political Thought (IIPT). From September 2000 to 30 March 2004, he worked as a senior lecturer at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education in Leicestershire, UK. Between 2004 and 2006, he was visiting professor at Kyoto and Nagoya universities in Japan. In 2006 he co-founded the London-based Alhiwar Arabic satellite TV channel. 

His most recent book: Hamas Unwritten Chapters was published by Hurst, London, November 2006. An updated edition of the book was published in August 2007 in the United States of America by Interlink under the title of Hamas A History from within. He writes and lectures on issues related to Islamic political thought and Middle Eastern politics. 

His other books include: 
Power-Sharing Islam? (Liberty, 1993); Islam and Secularism in the Middle East (Hurst, 2000); Rachid Ghannouchi a Democrat within Islamism (OUP, 2001).

Dr Randa Abdel-Fattah

Dr Randa Abdel-Fattah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University where she is undertaking an ARC (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award) project researching the generational impact of today’s social and political climate on Muslim and non-Muslim youth born into a post 9/11 world. 

She is a prominent Australian Palestinian advocate and a multi-award-winning author of 11 books whose young adult and children’s books are published in over twenty countries. This literary corpus primarily deals with intercultural relations, migration, race/religious issues in Australia, identity, belonging and political consciousness among young Australians, both Muslim and non-Muslim. She is well known for her commentary as a public intellectual, her media appearances and her essay and op-ed writing across a wide range of genres.


Lowkey is a British-Iraqi hip hop artist, academic and political campaigner. As a musician, he has collaborated with the Arctic Monkeys, Wretch 32, Immortal Technique and Akala. He is a patron of Stop The War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Racial Justice Network and The Peace and Justice Project founded by Jeremy Corbyn. He has spoken and performed on platforms from the Oxford Union to the Royal Albert Hall and Glastonbury. His latest album Soundtrack To The Struggle 2 featured Noam Chomsky and Frankie Boyle and has been streamed millions of times.

Moazzam Begg

A British-born Muslim, Moazzam Begg is a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner and outreach director for CAGE. After his release, he became one of the most prominent public-speakers and Muslim advocates for justice and dialogue. 

He is the author of the best-seller Enemy Combatant in which he recounts his experience as an innocent man detained and torture at Guantanamo, Bagram and Kandahar. The Muslim 500 listed him as one of the 500 “most influential Muslims” in the world. The New Statesman listed him in the top 50 “Heroes of our time”

He has travelled extensively to investigate state abuses and western complicity in torture including to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Syria. A direct eye-witness to the conflicts in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Syria, his life has been recorded by the Columbia University Oral History project, and the BBC Storyville documentary, The Confession.
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