The World Affairs Council of Orange County presents:

Israel-Palestine Conflict: What You Need to Know

A Zoom Webinar

Date & Time:

Monday, October 16, 2023

1:00 PM


Zoom webinar



*Both Members and Non-members of WACOC

On Saturday, October 7— a Jewish sabbath day, the end of the weeklong Jewish festival of Sukkot, and a day after the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War — Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups launched Operation al-Aqsa Flood, a coordinated assault consisting of land and air attacks into multiple border areas of Israel. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced Operation Iron Swords to retake territory from Hamas. Fighting broke out at multiple locations stretching along the border between Gaza and Israel and airstrikes targeted the Gaza Strip. 

Join us for a conversation with a distinguished panel of experts on this ensuing conflict in Gaza. Why did this attack happen– and what lies ahead?

Panelist Bios:

Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb

Professor of Media Studies, California State University, San Bernardino

Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb is a professor of media studies at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). She is the recipient of the 2020 CSUSB Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities Award and was one of the 2019-20 Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Faculty Mentor Awardees. She has an M.A. in Journalism and a Ph.D. in Digital Communication from the University of Memphis, Tennessee. Her research interests include digital communication, digital resistance & decolonization, social justice and diasporic communities. Her research has appeared in national and international publications, such as the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and Arab Studies Quarterly, and has been presented at national and international conferences. Her documentary 1948: Creation & Catastrophe was screened at over 20 film festivals and at universities and community organizations throughout the world. The film, co-produced and co-directed with Andy Trimlett, focuses on the year 1948 and its catastrophic consequences for the Palestinian nation which has originated from her field work in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. She won the 2019 Rebuilding Alliance “Story Teller” Award. The film also won the Jerusalem International Film Festival’s 2019 Special Jury Award in the Feature Documentary category. She is working currently on a study of Palestinian digital resistance and decolonizing digital spaces, and on a documentary on the three young Muslims murdered in Chapel Hill in 2015.

Dr. Daniel Segal

 Jean M. Pitzer Emeritus Professor of Anthropology & Emeritus Professor of History, Pitzer College