Event Dates: 14 – 16 March 2015
Room B01 Clore Building and Room B34 Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
Equal Rights for All – A New Path for Israel-Palestine
The failure of the Kerry peace plan, the devastating bombardment of Gaza in July and August 2014, and the annexation by Israel of more land in the West Bank have delivered another setback to both the prospect of Palestinian statehood and an end to the Israel-Palestine conflict. More broadly, 47 years of military occupation have denied the Palestinians inhabiting these territories almost every basic civil and human right. It is time therefore for an objective appraisal of the reality of life for Palestinians, a thorough understanding of the nature of the Israeli-controlled military and civil regime that prevails in the entire Israel-Palestine area, and a recognition that there will be no solution that can secure the viability of a peaceful life for Israelis and Palestinians unless it is grounded in the principles of universal human rights and international law. Shifting attention from discussions focused solely on a one-or-two-state agreement, the fundamental question this conference seeks to address is how to achieve equal rights for all who live in Palestine-Israel.
In pursuit of these objectives, the conference will also aim to highlight the real impact of occupation and ask how it may be brought to an end; seek to facilitate co-operation between Palestinians and like-minded Israeli Jews; and issue a rallying call for the international community.
Sunday 15 March
Panel 3: National self-determination and belonging: reconciling competing nationalisms
Speakers: Moshe Behar (Middle East historian, University of Manchester), Yossi Rapoport (Islamic historian, Queen Mary, University of London), Leila Farsakh (Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts)
Chair: Gertraud Auer Borea d’ Olmo (Kreisky Foundation)
Introduction by Gertraud Auer Borea d’ Olmo (Kreisky Foundation):
Moshe Behar (Middle East historian, University of Manchester):
Leila Farsakh (Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts):
Yossi Rapoport (Islamic historian, Queen Mary, University of London):