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Tel Aviv University
[Tel Aviv University] Adi Ophir and Nadim Rouhana participating a Palestinian conference in South Africa calling Israel an Apartheid state, June 11, 2009

Adi Ophir, is associate professor at the Cohn Institute. Ophir's main areas of interest are modern and contemporary continental philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, and critical studies adiophir@post.tau.ac.il

Nadim Rouhana,  Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, e-mail: nrouhana@gmu.edu. Was in Tel Aviv University Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology Associate Professor in 2001-4

http://www.hsrc.ac.za/Event_Page-25.phtml

International conference: ‘Re-envisioning Israel/Palestine’

Thursday 11 June

SCHEDULE

(subject to change)

THURSDAY:

Arrivals

Evening: Dinner

Short Talks by South African Researchers on South Africa Today: e.g., Identity, Land, Poverty, Race,

and the condition of Democracy

FRIDAY:

Morning: Relaxed breakfasts

10h00 Short Organisational Meeting OR

Optional Driving Tour of Cape Town OR

walk about (weather permitting)

12h00 Early light lunch – restaurants in the area

13h30 Transfer to Public Conference Venue

PUBLIC CONFERENCE

(for the general public & solidarity community)

Venue: to be determined

14h00 Opening and Welcome (assorted speakers)

14h30 Opening Address: Former Intelligence Minister RONNIE KASRILS

15h00 The Big Questions:

1. JOHN DUGARD – International Law in Israel-Palestine

2. NADIM ROUHANA – Palestinian Nationalism: New challenges

3. LEILA FARSAKH – Economic development in One Unified State

4. GERHARD MARÉ – Palestine’s Challenge for South African Academics

17h00 Reception

19h00 Return to Townhouse Hotel

19h30 DINNER (at Townhouse Hotel: invited conference participants only)

Welcome: ADRIAN HADLAND

Overview: VIRGINIA TILLEY

CONFERENCE KEYNOTE: RONNIE KASRILS

SATURDAY 13 June:

ACADEMIC CONFERENCE – DAY 1

Venue: Townhouse Hotel

08h00 Registration

09h00 PLENARY I: Political Economy of One State in Israel/Palestine

1. LEILA FARSAKH –Theme Keynote: Political Economy of One State in Israel/Palestine

2. JAD ISAAC – Geography of Ethnic Cleansing in Jerusalem

3. SAMIA AL-BOTMEH – The Paris Economic Protocol and Beyond: In search of an optimal trade

arrangement

4. JAMIL HILAL – Polarization and Fragmentation of Palestinian Society under Occupation

10h45 Coffee Break

11h00 PLENARY I CONTINUES:

5. ALAIN GRESH – The Failure of the Idea of a Democratic Palestinian State in the 1960-70's

6. SARA ROY – Before Gaza, After Gaza: Examining the New Reality in Palestine-Israel

DISCUSSION

13:00 LUNCH: Townhouse Hotel, 1st Floor Restaurant (presenters only)

Talk: STEVEN FRIEDMAN - South Africanising the Struggle?: The Palestinian BDS campaign and the

Fight against Apartheid

14:30 PLENARY II: Identity and Democracy: Re-imagining the National Project

1. NADIM ROUHANA – Theme Keynote: Democratic Transition & Re-inventing Palestinian & Israeli

Identities

2. ADI OPHIR – Co-existence of Democracy and Occupation in Israel-Palestine

3. FOUAD MOUGHRABI – Changing Modes of Resistance

5. STEVEN FRIEDMAN – Those Whom History Wishes to Destroy It First Makes Rich: Identity,

Economics and the End of Apartheid

DISCUSSION

19h00 DINNER (invited conference participants only, roundtable discussions)

SUNDAY 14 June: ACADEMIC CONFERENCE – DAY 2

Venue: Townhouse Hotel, Main Hall

09h00 PLENARY III: HSRC Int’l Law Study: ‘Occupation, Colonialism, Apartheid’

1. JOHN DUGARD – Keynote: Apartheid and Colonialism in the OPT: Questions for International Law

2. VIRGINIA TILLEY – Does Palestine Fit? Race, Identity, Occupation and Colony

3. IAIN SCOBBIE – Report’s Findings on Colonialism

4. JOHN REYNOLDS – Report’s Findings on Apartheid

DISCUSSION

11.00 Coffee Break

11:30 PLENARY III Continued:

5. MAX DU PLESSIS and ADRIAN FRIEDMAN – Legal Considerations for an ICJ Advisory Opinion

6. Discussant: CHRISTINE CHINKIN

DISCUSSION

13h00 LUNCH

14h00 ROUNDTABLES

Break-away Rooms

I. Political Economy of One State in Israel/Palestine

CHAIR: LEILA FARSAKH – Bantustans and the Palestinian State: Comparative Study

KEY PARTICIPANTS: SAMIA AL-BOTMEH, JAMIL HILAL, ALAIN GRESH, JAD ISAAC

II. National Identity and Nationalism: Roundtable Discussion

CHAIR: NADIM ROUHANA

KEY PARTICIPANTS: ADI OPHIR, FOUAD MOUGHRABI,MAZEN MASRI

III. Law, Justice and Human Rights

CHAIR: John Dugard

1. STEFAN LÜTGENAU – Confiscation, Dispossession and Eviction in the Middle East

2. JOHN REYNOLDS – Colonialism, Sovereignty & the ‘State’ of Palestine Under International Law

3. MAZEN MASRI - The Two-State Model and Israeli Constitutionalism: The Impact on the

Palestinians in Israel

4. ELNA SONDERGAARD – Access to Justice for Palestinian Victims during the Occupation

15H00 COFFEE BREAK

15h15 PLENARY IV: Translating Visions into Action

1. GEORGE BISHARAT – Ending Israeli Impunity

2. DANIEL MACHOVER – International Law and the Middle East: Strategies and Tactics

3. BRUCE RYDER – Imagining Federal Futures in Israel / Palestine

4. JAMAL JUMA’ – Facing the Realities: an NGO Perspective

19h00 DINNER/ROUNDTABLE FOR INVITED PARTICIPANTS:

BUILDING ACADEMIC NETWORKS

1. GERHARD MARÉ –Building a South African-Palestinian/Arab Research Network

2. JAMAL JUMA’ – Current Networking Challenges: An NGO Perspective

SUMMARY REPORTS OF THEME CHAIRS: NADIM ROUHANA, LEILA FARSAKH, C.J.R. DUGARD

 

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