Conference Highlights – On Palestine


On Palestine

March 7, 2024

This symposium featured leading voices on Palestine, and was organized around three thematic areas: justice and accountability, global media narratives and the shaping of public opinion, and avoiding traps in imagining a political future.


Opening Session

A Conversation on Palestine

The opening panel, moderated by Georgetown University in Qatar Dean Safwan Masri, featured lawyer Diana Buttu, Hussam Zomlot, Head of the Palestinian Mission to the UK , and President of Al Sharq Forum, Wadah Khanfar.

Panel moderator Dr. Safwan Masri is Dean of Georgetown University in Qatar. He is the author of Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly (2017), and former Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University.

An expert in international human rights law, Diana Buttu was the former legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team, and part of the team that assisted in the successful litigation of the illegality of the separation wall before the International Court of Justice. 

Head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom, Dr. Hussam Zomlot was a former Strategic Advisor to the Palestinian president and Ambassador to the United States. He also co-founded and chaired the Birzeit University School of Government.

The president of Al Sharq Forum, Wadha Khanfar was the former Director General of Al Jazeera Network from 2003-2011, overseeing its growth from a single channel into a media network.

Moderated Sessions by Mehdi Hasan

Session 1

Justice and Accountability

Moderated by Mehdi Hassan, this session featured Georgetown University in Qatar Assistant Professor Noha Aboueldahab, former Jordanian minister Salah Bashir, Crisis Group Senior Palestine Analyst, Tahani Mustafa, and Professor and Dean’s Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Law, Wadie Said.


An award-winning specialist in transitional justice and author of Transitional Justice and the Prosecution of Political Leaders in the Arab Region, Assistant Professor Dr. Noha Aboueldahab is also a Senior Non-resident Fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs.

A lawyer by training, Salah Bashir held multiple public offices in Jordan, including Minister of Industry and Trade, Minister of Justice, Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs, Minister of Government Performance and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

As Crisis Group’s Senior Palestine Analyst, Dr. Tahani Mustafa works on issues including security and socio-political and legal governance in the West bank. She has a background in development and security governance in the Middle East, and has worked in academia and policy advocacy.

Wadie Said is Professor of Law and Dean’s Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Law. A former assistant federal public defender, he is the author of Crimes of Terror: The Legal and Political Implications of Federal Terrorism Prosecutions (Oxford University Press).