Wednesday 23 January at 12:00 – 13:00 in Oddi 101 at the University of Iceland
Open seminar hosted by Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre at the University of Iceland
Technology, Dehumanization and Settler Colonialism: The case of lethal Drones in Israel/Palestine
A main goal of settler-colonial regimes is to enclose indigenous communities within Bantustans, walls, barriers, borders and checkpoints, turning them into refugees within their own territory. Various narratives and myths have been used by colonizers to justify taking over the so-called ‘virgin land of wilderness’, at the expense of the native population that has been inhabiting the area for centuries. Ethnic cleansing, genocide and transfer are still a means to an end, while technological advancements have been playing their role in executing such inhumane policies for decades. Such advanced technology as state-of-the-art drones are often used disproportionately by powerful states against stateless groups, with little fear of retribution. They help soldiers cultivate the science fiction fantasy (and illusion) of a ‘risk free’ army, keeping enemies (and possible victims) dehumanised and under constant surveillance, and generate a sense of superiority among the ‘technologically advanced’ vis-à-vis the ‘primitive’ enemy.
Adv. Yaar Dagan Peretz, a Ph.D. candidate at Keele University, School of Law, discusses this important and actual issue at an open meeting Wednesday 23 January. Yaar holds his LLB (2010) and LLM (2012) from the College of Management Academic Studies, Israel. He has petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court on behalf of Palestinians and provided legal aid to refugees, asylum seekers and marginalized communities while volunteering with NGOs such as Arous Elbahar, the Association for Women in Jaffa.
Moderator: Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Senior Lecturer of International Affairs at the University of Iceland
The seminar takes place in English and is open to all.