Challenging the Boundaries: A Single State in Palestine/Israel.

La conferenza di Londra è il seguito del corso estivo tenutosi a El Escorial dal 2 al 6  luglio 2007 sul tema: Palestine/Israel: One Country, One State.

Alla conferenza parteciperanno 7 dei 16 firmatari del documento finale di El Escorial, Ilan Pappe, Joseph Massad, Ali Abuminah, Haim Bresheeth, Leila Farsach, Nadim Rouhana e Omar Barghouti

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Challenging the Boundaries: A Single State in Palestine/Israel

WEEKEND CONFERENCE – London, 17/18 Nov 2007

The Brunei Gallery – SOAS – University of London

Organised by London One State Group and SOAS Palestine Society

Conference Program

Saturday, 17th of November 2007

9:00-9:30 AM       Registration   SOAS Brunei Gallery, Lobby

9:30-9:45 AM      Opening Statement    SOAS Brunei Gallery

Nur Masalha, Reader in Religion and Politics and Director of the Centre for Religion and History and of the Holy Land Research Project at Saint Mary’s College, University of Surrey (UK)

PANEL I: Why one state?

9:45-11:45 AM

Chair: Ghada Karmi, University of Exeter, Author of In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story (2002) and Married to another Man: Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine (2007)

The historical roots of the One State idea

Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter, Author of The Modern MiddleEast (2005) and The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006)

A matter of immediate urgency, not a distant utopia

Joseph Massad, Columbia University, Author of The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism an the Palestinians (2006) and Desiring Arabs (2007)

The state of the One-State Idea

Ali Abunimah, Co-founder of Electronic Intifada, Author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse (2006)

 Coffee Break 11:45-12:00 AM

PANEL II: Mapping the geopolitical landscape: past, present and future (12:00-13:30 PM)             

Chair: Haim Bresheeth, University of East London, Chair of Media and Cultural Studies

Leaving the Cake Whole

Ghazi Falah, University of Akron, Ohio, Co-editor of Geographies of Muslim Women: Gender, Religion, and Space (2005) and Author of Galilee and the Judaization Plans (in Arabic, 1993)

Local politics: the one state and the Palestinians

As’ad Ghanem, University of Haifa, Author of The Palestinian-Arab Minority in Israel, 1948-2000: A Political Study (2001) and The Palestinian Regime: A “Partial Democracy” (2002)

With an eye to the future

Leila Farsakh, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Author of Palestinian Labor Migration to Israel: Labor, Land and Occupation (2005)

Lunch Break (13:30-14:30
PM)  

PANEL III (Presentations):

Land, Citizenship, and Identity: Rethinking the nation-state (14:30-16:00 PM)

Chair: Leila Farsakh

This panel provides a platform for the internal debate within the One State camp regarding the desired institutional and constitutional formation of the state which is commonly dichotomized into the bi-national model on one side and the multicultural democracy on the other.

Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Author of The Censor, the Editor, and the Text: The Catholic Church and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon in the Sixteenth Century (2007)

Nadim Rouhana, George Mason University, Author of alestinian Citizens in an Ethnic Jewish State: Identities in Conflict (1997)

Omar Barghouti, Political Anlysts, Co-founder of the Palestinian Campaign for Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

Tikva Honig-Parnass, Political Activist, Co-author of Between the Lines: Readings on Israel, the Palestinians, and the U.S. “War on Terror” (2007)

16:00-16:15 PM Coffee Break

PANEL III (Discussion): Land, Citizenship, and Identity: Rethinking the nation-state

16:15-18:00 PM

Chair: Leila Farsakh

Sunday, 17th of November 2007

PANEL IV: Looking at the past, rethinking the future 0:30-12:30 PM

Panel Chair: Ali Abunimah

Drawing lessons from the case of South Africa

Louise Bethlehem, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Co-editor of South Africa in the Global Imaginary (2005) and Violence and Non-Violence in Africa (2007)

Northern Ireland: power sharing in a divided society

Kathleen O’Connell, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

From Lebanon

Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, Co-author of Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy (2007) and The 33-Day War: Israel’s War on Hezbollah in Lebanon and its Consequences (2007), Author of The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder (2006)

India – Pakistan: the partition

Sumantra Bose, London School of Economics, Author of Kashmir: The Roots of Conflict, Paths to Peace (2003) and Contested Lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus and Sri Lanka (2007)

12:30-13:30 PM Lunch Break

13:30-16:00 PM PANEL V: One state from within civil society social movements, and grassroot activism

Chair: Omar Barghouti

The lived experience and stories of the invited activists will portray the current public mood in regard to the One-State option, and point at both the difficulties and the opportunities for promoting this line of thought among the various social movements and civil society organizations that are operating within the different communities. This mosaic of personal accounts and observations will provide the foundation for the following discussion about ‘the way forward’.

Haidar Eid, Al-Quds University Gaza, Co-founder of One-State Group in Gaza

Eitan Bronstein, Political Activist, Zochorot (“Remebering”)

Eyal Sivan, Goldsmith University, Film Director of The Specialist (1999) and Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel (2004)

Yousef Faker el Deen, Political Activist, Founder of Al-Jaras Al-Awda (“Bells of Return”) Syria

Rajaa Omari, Political Activist, Founder of Natrinkum (“We are waiting for you”), Haifa

Coffee Break (16:00-16:15 PM)

PANEL VI: The way forward (16:15-18:00PM)

A roundtable with several participants of the conference will discuss what would be the immediate actions required for promoting the discussion about alternatives to the two-state paradigm, and for helping the ideas of One-State develop into a meaningful political agenda.

Challenging the Boundaries: A Single State in Palestine/Israel General Information

Fees:£30 (includes lunches, coffee, tea and biscuits) £20 Concession (includes lunches, coffee, tea and biscuits) Please send Cheque payable to ONE STATE GROUP Please post your cheque with attached note of email address to C/O SOAS Palestine Society Thornhaugh Street WC!H 0XG

Registration:bookings@onestate.net

SOAS Palestine Society Thornhaugh Street

Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Email: palsoc@soas.ac.uk www.palestinesociety.org

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