Hebron University College of Law Participates in an International Conference in Canada


The College of Law at Hebron University participated in the international conference on “the Long Reach of the Second World War: Forced Migration and Refugees” organized by the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto in Canada. A number of professors in the fields of forced migration, ethnic cleansing and refugees from Canadian, American, German, Polish, Israeli, British, Indian, Palestinian and Russian universities spoke at the event.

The conference included comparative studies on the issue of Palestinian refugees and forced migration committed by Zionist forces since World War I, through the period of the British Mandate and World War II and the war in Palestine of 1947-1949. The conference also included studies on the division of the Indian sub-continent and forced migration and the displacement of Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, especially in the province of Punjab. The Middle East and Indian cases of forced displacement were compared with the waves of migration that occurred in Turkey, Greece, Armenia, Russia and Poland in the context of World War I and II.

Hebron University was represented by Dr. Mutaz Qafisheh, Dean of the College of Law. He presented a paper entitled “Solving by Aggravation: Palestinian Refugees in Pre and Post World War II”. The paper dealt with the case of Palestinians who were displaced between 1925 and 1939 and compared that period with the massive influx in the wake of Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) of 1947-1949 and subsequent waves of displacement in 1967 and thereafter.