After 33 years in the Shuafat refugee camp, Palestinian Bassem Eid has dedicated his life to exposing human rights violations and supporting a democratic and pluralistic Palestine. On Wednesday, October 28, he spoke at an event organized by the Ithaca Coalition for Unity and Cooperation in the Middle East (ICUCME), held at The Space@Greenstar, 700 West Buffalo Street, at 7 pm.
“For 26 years I have been devoting my life to the mission of defending human rights,” Eid noted at his recent presentation to the British Parliament. “As a proud Palestinian, I must take responsibility for what will happen to our people.”
Eid is the founder and director of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, a non-partisan organization. His many honors include the Emil Gruenzweig Memorial Award from The Association for Civil Rights in Israel; the Robert S. Litvak Human Rights Memorial Award from the McGill University Faculty of Law and the International Human Rights Advocacy Center, Inter Amicus; and the International Activist Award from the Gleitsman Foundation. The 2009 book Next Founders profiled him as the leading Palestinian human rights activist.