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Wake Up Palestine – The Palestinian Digital Activism Forum 2022

Wake Up Palestine – Today is the first day of the Palestine Digital Activism Forum (PDAF), launched by 7amleh (pronounced Hamleh) – the Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media.

This year’s forum will take place in cooperation with almost sixty partner institutions. The forum will bring together 120 local, regional and international speakers and trainers, most notably Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Ms. Mary Lawler. Government representatives such as Dr. Ishaq Sider, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, will also be speaking.

This year’s forum is centered on the theme of “Digital Solidarity for Justice” and will focus on digital solidarity in the regional and international context.

Palestinian digital solidarity gained momentum in 2021 at the international level, due to Palestinians’ use of the digital space in their attempts to access justice, particularly during the May 2021 uprising, and as Palestinians aligned their cause with global solidarity movements.

The forum presents a number of policy sessions, digital dialogues, and training workshops that cover diverse topics as well as offering professional capacity-building opportunities for participants working in fields related to digital rights and digital activism.

This forum will allow 7amleh to open a platform for Palestinians and their supporters to discuss Palestinian digital rights within the regional and international context, and encourage activists, human rights defenders, and workers in various fields to engage in dialogue and exchange experiences and expertise in order to improve the situation for Palestinian digital rights – especially given the rise in digital suppression and targeting of Palestinian content and the imposition of espionage and surveillance on Palestinian human rights defenders during 2021.

In this episode of Wake Up Palestine, Director General of 7amleh Nadeem Al-Nashef speaks about the preparations, challenges, and goals of the 6th Palestinian Digital Activism Forum.

 

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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