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Present Absentees: Salma Karmi-Ayyoub

Panel: Regional & international perspectives

Address by Salma Karmi-Ayyoub at MEMO’s ‘Present Absentees: Palestinian Citizens of Israel & the Nation-State Law’ conference held in London on April 27, 2019.

Salma Karmi-Ayyoub is a criminal barrister and legal consultant for the Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq. She acquired a post-graduate degree in law and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2007, after which she practiced criminal law at Tooks Chambers, where she was awarded tenancy.

Karmi-Ayyoub works with human rights organisations and solicitors’ firms on legal projects concerning Palestine and has a particular interest in the question of Palestine and the International Criminal Court. She is also co-chair of the British legal charity Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights.

PANEL: Regional & international perspectives

The Nation-State Law was condemned internationally, with the European Union (EU) claiming it would further prevent any possibility of the two-state solution becoming reality. In retaliation, Israel has shunned the EU, labelling it hypocritical, hostile and accusing it of interference in Israeli affairs. This cooling of EU-Israel relations has coincided with a decline in Jewish-American support for Israel, as left-wing advocacy groups and young Jewish-Americans have become disillusioned with and increasingly critical of Israel.

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