Defending Palestine: Human and Animal Liberation Come Together in May 2018 Conference


Palestinian Animal League (PAL) is thrilled to announce a three-day international conference in occupied Palestinian territory, from May 3-6, 2018.

Since 2011, Palestinian Animal League has been re-framing the animal liberation movement in Palestine. Operating within a settler colonial context, the work of PAL challenges not only the systemic abuse of animals under occupation, but the theft of native Palestinian land and life, both human and nonhuman. For PAL, animal liberation cannot be divorced from anti-colonialism, Palestinian liberation and solidarity, and defense of the land and all the life that it supports.

This will not be a traditional conference; it will focus on the shared struggle for liberation of all species in occupied Palestine. It will advance the work of international solidarity and intersect with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It will challenge the narrative that settler states are anything but destructive for animals and the land, and provide insight into the specific work of animal liberation in settler colonial contexts. It will undermine Islamophobia, xenophobia, and anti-Arab racism in the animal rights movement. Despite border militarization, land theft, displacement, war, and occupation, Palestinians strive to provide proper care for all beings.

This experience with us will be unique and filled with new beginnings. We will ensure that this conference transcends beyond workshops and talks by including tours to three cities that have been essential in developing our work: Bethlehem, Jericho, and Ramallah.


  • Day 1 – Al Quds University Tour, Reception Ceremony, Ramallah City Tour
  • Day 2 – Lectures and Presentations followed by Bethlehem City Tour
  • Day 3 – Lectures and Presentations followed by Jericho City Tour
  • Day 4 – Lectures and Presentations followed by Jerusalem City Tour


If you are interested in applying for this critical, unique and unforgettable experience, register at

If you would like to take the opportunity to be a speaker or a sponsor at our conference, contact us at

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Established in 2011, the Palestinian Animal League (PAL) is the only locally-run animal protection organisation operating within the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt). Our work encompasses the delivery of veterinary care and other interventions to improve the welfare of animals; educational and awareness-raising activities with local communities (and particularly children) in order to increase understanding and find solutions for animal welfare problems; education and support programmes to promote the benefits of vegetarian and vegan nutrition, and the development and delivery of practical strategies to effectively identify and tackle the region’s major animal welfare problems. Click to see author's profile.

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