Ilan Pappe was one of the keynote speakers at the Bristol Nakba Conference last Saturday (26th April). The conference, organised by Bristol PSC, attracted a respectable-sized audience to the Malcolm X Centre, and featured a range of speakers and several useful workshops.
But for me it was Ilan’s speech which was the highlight of the day. An Israeli Jew and anti-Zionist activist, he has recently taken up a history post at the University of Exeter, and has published a new book, ‘The Ethnic Cleansing Of Palestine’ (available from Amazon).
What impressed me most about Ilan’s speech was the cool, uncompromising incisiveness of his analysis. He warned the audience against conflating the Palestinian struggle with other issues, and argued for the irredeemably racist nature of the Zionist enterprise. In a debate often clouded (understandably) by emotionalism and often plagued too with shoddy thinking, Ilan’s contribution to the discussion was timely, erudite and razor-sharp. If you’re not already familiar with his work, check it out.
You can find Ilan’s official website here - ilanpappe.org .
Bristol PSC is a branch of the national Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Photo: Ilan Pappe addresses the Bristol Nakba Conference, 26th April
NEXT MONTHLY MEETING: Just this month, May, the meeting is on Thursday, 22nd 7.30 pm; St Werburgh's Community Hall, Horley Road. Come and have your say!...... Our mailing address is: Bristol Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Box 20, c/o 82 Colston Street, BRISTOL BS1 5BB
This is Nakba Year. For email updates contact Bristol.Nakba60@yahoo.co.uk
PSC campaigns for:
* An immediate and unconditional end to the Israeli occupation.
* The right to self determination and the right of return for the Palestinian people.
* East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.
* We invite you to join our campaign and help by boycotting Israeli goods, attending meetings and writing letters to media, MPs and the Israeli Embassy when necessary. We hold regular stalls and activities to raise public awareness and to fundraise for Palestinian charities.
Nakba Day is the 10th May;