Jon Elmer's talk, "Ghetto Palestine," is based on 10 years of reporting from the West Bank and Gaza. Jon has covered the ghettoization of the West Bank as growing settlements and the construction of the separation wall continually isolate and segregate Palestinian communities. His on-the-ground experience of events such as the second intifada and the Fatah-Hamas clashes in Gaza have informed his perspective and enables a discussion of the conflict that the mainstream media often lacks. This is a rare opportunity to hear Jon speak in Vancouver before he returns to Bethlehem.
The dynamics of the Israel-Palestine conflict are increasingly being defined by the 700-km wall encircling Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza. The Wall has fundamentally altered and reshaped the possibilities and challenges of both the armed struggle and the popular resistance to Israel's occupation.
He will also discuss the situation and future of Palestinian political prisoners, particularly in light of the recent prisoner exchange.
Jon Elmer is a Canadian writer and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East and Canadian foreign and military policy. He is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera English, Le Monde diplomatique and Inter Press Service news agency. He is currently based in Bethlehem. Read more at jonelmer.ca
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