Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, an associate professor of ethnic studies at San Francisco State and Palestinian activist, is hosting a videoconference on either Sept. 29 or Oct. 4 to discuss the upcoming United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood.
What is the goal behind the videoconference with An-Najah?
It’s the No. 1 college in Palestine and No. 4 in the Arab world ... so it’s a big deal. On a social level, we want to make a connection with colleges in other parts of the world. Also with the rising of tuition, it’s hard for students at S.F. State to travel around the world and connect with people.
What is the significance of the U.N. voting on Palestinian statehood?
The interesting thing is that actually the vote that they’re trying to get is for a state that Israel would be happy with. But even with that, Israel is not accepted. They’re putting up all sorts of obstacles in the face of the vote.
What concerns are there behind the vote?
There are a lot of concerns about what’s going to happen to Jerusalem and what’s going to happen to people inside Israel. There are a lot of issues going on. This is why I think it will be very interesting to have the videoconference.