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University of Haifa
Anti-Israel conference in Austria, Nov 23rd, [Haifa U] Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Ronit Lentin, Meron Benvenisti

Raphael Cohen-Almagor, University of Haifa, lecturing at the University of Hull, England.


Perspectives beyond war and crisis III
What kind of Palestinian State for what kind of Peace?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
12:00 - 12:30 am Registration
12:30 – 12:45 am Welcome
12:45- 1:30 pm Opening note
Mustafa Barghouti | Palestinian National Initiative (tbc)
1:30 – 1:45 pm Break
1:45 – 3:30 pm Perspectives on State Formation in Palestine –
a Road to a Failed (Non-)State?
Ronit Lentin | Trinity College Dublin: Re-thinking Israel-Palestine
Raphael Cohen-Almagor | University of Hull: The Failed Peace Process in
the Middle East 1993-2010: A plea for a two-state solution
Gilbert Achcar | University of London: Israeli Designs and the Requisites
of Palestinian Statehood
3:30 – 4:15 pm Break
4:15 – 6:00 pm A viable Palestinian State, Two-State-Solution, One-State-Solution –
Where to go?
Arab and European Perspectives
Hesham Youssef | Chief of Cabinet of the Secretary General of the
League of Arab States
Louisa Morgantini | Former Member of the European Parliament
Ursula Plassnik | Member of the Austrian Parliament (tbc)
Discussant: Ronit Lentin | Trinity College Dublin
6:00 – 6:30 pm Coffee break
6:30 – 8:15 pm A viable Palestinian State, Two-State-Solution, One-State-Solution –
Where to go?
Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives
Avraham Burg | Former Speaker of the Israeli Parliament
Meron Benvenisti | Former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem
Leila Shahid | Envoy of the PLO to the European Commission
Discussant: Gilbert Achcar | University of London
Gilbert Achcar is a Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He grew up in Lebanon and moved to Europe in 1983. His main research interests and publication topics include: politics and development of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, empire theory and the unfolding of US hegemony globally and the „Broader Middle East” amongst others. His most recent publications „The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives“, 2010 and together with Noam Chomsky: „Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy. Dialogues on Terror, Democracy, War, and Justice”, 2nd augmented edition, 2009.
Mustafa Barghouti is a Palestinian democracy activist. He was a candidate for the presidency of the Palestinian National Authority in 2005, finishing second to Mahmoud Abbas. In June 2002, Dr. Barghouti was one of the founders of the Palestinian National Initiative (al-Mubadara al-Wataniyya al-Filistiniyya), an attempt to build a reformist, inclusive alternative to both the established Palestine Liberation Organization and to Islamic militant groups such as Hamas. He currently serves as the Initiative's general secretary.
Meron Benvenisti is an Israeli political scientist who was Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem under Teddy Kollek from 1971 to 1978 and administered East Jerusalem and its largely Arab neighbourhoods. He has long been a critic of Israel's policies towards Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and is an advocate of the idea of a binational state.
Benvenisti has been a critic of Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan arguing that it will lead to a
„bantustan model" for Gaza and the West Bank and create an „apartheid Israel”.
Avraham Burg is an Israeli author; he was formerly a member of the Knesset, a chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel and a Speaker of the Knesset. He graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a degree in the social sciences. In 2004, Burg resigned from the Knesset and public life. Since then, he has lectured at international events and served on boards of various companies and organizations. Most recent publications: „Defeating Hitler”, 2007, „The Holocaust Is Over: We Must Rise From its Ashes”, 2008.
Raphael Cohen-Almagor is currently Chair in Politics at the University of Hull, received his D. Phil. in political theory in 1991. In 1992-1995 he lectured at the Hebrew University Law Faculty. Founder and Director of the Medical Ethics Think-tank at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (1995-1998); Chairperson of Library and Information Studies, University of Haifa (2000-2003); Founder and Director of the Center for Democratic Studies, University of Haifa (2003-2007). Prof. Cohen-Almagor was Fulbright Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law and Dept. of Communication (1999-2000), and Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University (2003-2004).Among his numerous publications on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are as a editor: „Israeli Democracy at the Crossroads”, 2005 and „Israeli Institutions at the Crossroads”, 2005.
Ronit Lentin was born in Haifa prior to the establishment of the State of Israel and has lived in Ireland since 1969. She is a political sociologist and a writer of fiction and non-fiction books. Ronit is head of Department and director of the MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Department of Sociology, and co-founder of the Trinity Immigration Initiative, Trinity College, Dublin. Ronit has published extensively on racism in Ireland, Israel and Palestine, gender and genocide, and gender and the Holocaust. Her most recent publications: „Thinking Palestine” (London: Zed Books, 2008) editor, „Co-Memory and Melancholia: Israelis Memorialising the Palestinian Nakba” (Manchester University Press, 2010 forthcoming)
Louisa Morgantini served as a member of the European Parliament till 2009. During this time she was, inter alia, the chairperson of the Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council, a member of the Committee on Development as well as of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, and of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. Louisa Morgantini is a leading member of the Italian peace movement and was one of the founders of the Italian branch of the Women in Black anti-war organisation.
Ursula Plassnik is a member of the Austrian parliament since December 2008 and special emissary of the Austrian Foreign Ministry for international Women’s networks. Ambassador Plassnik was Foreign Minister of Austria from 2004 to 2008. Chair of the EU-Council of Foreign Ministers during Austria’s EU- presidency in the first term 2006. Dr. Plassnik’s special interests lie particularly in elementary questions of European Integration, Balkan-policy, Near East-policy, European foreign policy, dialog of religion, the UN, the role of small and medium sized states and questions of conflict management and leadership skills.
Leila Shahid is born in Beirut, studied anthropology and sociology at the American University of Beirut, one of the historical centres of the Palestinian political contestation. Leila Shahid is a member of the Fatah, the main movement of Palestinian Liberation Organization, and she entered politics in 1969. In 1989, Yasser Arafat gave her a diplomatic role: she became the Palestinian representative in Ireland, then in 1990 in the Netherlands. In 1994, she was nominated General Delegate of Palestine in France, until 2005 when she moved to Brussels to become the General Delegate of Palestine to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Hesham Youssef graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics from Cairo University in 1980. He was a teacher in Cairo University for a few years. He then received a master’s degree in philosophy from the U.S. and another master’s degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo. Mr. Youssef is a career diplomat. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt in 1985, almost 20 years ago. He worked in the Egyptian Embassy in Canada and the Egyptian mission in Geneva focusing mainly on trade issues in the World Trade Organization. In 2001, he joined the Arab League where he was the official spokesman and now he is the Chief of the Cabinet of Amre Moussa the Secretary General of the Arab League.

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