On March 23, 2009, Mada al-Carmel – the Arab Center for Applied Social Research held a symposium titled "A Reading into our Collective Protest During the Assault on Gaza." The Center invited a group of academics and political activists to participate. The speakers were Dr. Ahmad Sa`di, lecturer in sociology at Ben Gurion University in Beersheba; Abed Anabtawi, Bureau Director of the Higher Follow-Up Committee for the Arab Citizens; Aida Touma-Suleiman, Director of Women against Violence; and Ameer Makhoul, General Director of Ittijah – The Union of Arab Community Based Organizations and, Head of the Popular Committee for the Defense of Freedom. The panel was opened and facilitated by Prof. Nadim Rouhana, Mada’s General Director.
The symposium addressed the central question whether the mass participation in collective protest during the assalt of Gaza was a single instance related to the brutality of the Israeli aggression or whether it represents a new trend in collective protest among the Arab citizens.