Organizing a Lecture on the Unfinished Conflict in Northern
Ireland at the University
Irish lecturer, Ian Bell, delivered a lecture at An-Najah
University under the title “The Unfinished Conflict in
Northern Ireland: A Comparative Reading with the Palestinian
Case”. The event was organized by the International Youth
Exchange Program (Zajel) and the Office of the University
President Assistant for Graduate Affairs.
In his lecture, Bell spoke about the issue of identity, the
rise of religious and national tendencies in Northern
Ireland, the contemporary Irish history, and the prospects
of political stability after the peace march; he also
presented a comparative study of the Palestinian cause.
Moreover, Bell spoke about the misunderstanding and
presuppositions about Northern Ireland. He also explained
how the Irish worked on changing this image about their
The lecture aimed to introduce students at An-Najah to some
of the world’s most critical issues and offer them a chance
to get acquainted with the challenges that other communities
Bell has worked in the field of international education and
in supporting human rights and civil rights institutions in
Ireland, Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East.
Bell lived in a divided Irish society where the Irish and
British cultures were in continuous conflict for more than