In this interview, Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Noura Erakat, and Dr. Gary Foley discuss the history of the Black Power movement in Australia and historical legacies with Palestinian solidarity. The interview ends with an emphasis on current efforts to convene an Aboriginal-Palestinian solidarity conference in Australia in the Fall 2019.
Gary Foley is an aboriginal scholar, actor, and long-time activist in Australia. Foley is of Gumbainggir descent, one of 500 indigenous nations in Australia and was a lead architect of the Aboriginal Embassy, the six month encampment in front of Parliament in 1972 that led to major political shifts nationally. He was also involved in the establishment of the first Aboriginal self-help and survival organisations including Redfern's Aboriginal Legal Service, Aboriginal Health Service in Melbourne, and National Black Theatre.
Noura Erakat is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University in the Department of Africana Studies and the Program in Criminal Justice where she teaches topics such as human rights law, humanitarian law, national security law, refugee law, social justice, and critical race theory. Her scholarly interests include humanitarian law, human rights law, refugee law, and national security law. She earned her BA and JD from Berkeley Law School and her LLM in National Security from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is a Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya e-zine. Prior to beginning her appointment at GMU, Noura was a Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple Law School and has has taught International Human Rights Law and the Middle East at Georgetown University since 2009.
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