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[Political Science, Hebrew U] Bashir Bashir proposes binational solution over the division of land that comprises Israel and its occupied territories
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Dr. Bashir Bashir is a research fellow at the Gilo Centre for Citizenship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, where he co-chairs a research group on public policy and multiculturalism in Israel, in addition to being an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.   He is also currently a guest lecturer at Syracuse University.  Dr. Bashir received his PhD in Political Theory from the Government Department at the London School of Economics, where he also taught.    The title of his PhD thesis was “Reconciling Historically Excluded and Disadvantaged Groups: Deliberative Democracy, Recognition, and the Politics of Reconciliation.”   During the 2005-2006 academic years, Dr. Bashir completed a fellowship at the Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy in Philosophy at Queen’s University in Canada, where he also taught.  Dr. Bashir has co-edited both “The Holocaust in Israel’s Public Discourse: Between the Perpetuation of Victimhood and the Promise of Civility” and “The Politics of Reconciliation in Multicultural Societies.” 


On November 8, 2010, Dr. Bashir gave a talk in the United States on “alternatives to partition,” which advocated a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.   Such advocacy equals the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state.   The talk was sponsored by Justice for Palestine at Harvard Law School, Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee, the Arab Caucus at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Palestine Caucus at Harvard Kennedy School.   He also gave a similar talk on November 17, 2010 as part of the PARCC Conversations in Conflict series.   In 2009, Dr. Bashir gave an interview where he advocated a one-state solution to the conflict, claimed that Israel terrorizes Palestinian children and deprives Palestinians of the opportunity to live in peace, asserted that Israel was not serious about peace, and claimed that Israel engages in “tribalism and pathological narcissism.”   And in 2008, Dr. Bashir promoted the Palestinian right of return.              
















Dec 7, 2010 | Tuesday

Artrage Gallery
505 Hawley Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13203

Cost: FREE to the public * contact the Venue listed below for ticketing information
Topic: Alternatives to Partition- New Visions for Israel/Palestine . This talk will focus on the logic of partitioning the land, which has dominated the various attempts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Harvard Crimson

November 09, 2010
Professors Push One-State Solution

Hebrew University professor says one state is the best option


Bashir Bashir, an adjunct lecturer in the department of political
science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Leila Farsakh,
associate professor of political science at the University of
Massachusetts, Boston, proposed a binational solution to the conflict
over the division of land that comprises Israel and its occupied
territories during a talk at the Kennedy School of Government

Bashir advocated for the idea of binationalism, in which one state
recognizes both ethnic groups—Israeli Jews and
Palestinians—co-existing, rather than the two-state solution that is
most commonly proposed.

“It is our duty to think of alternatives,” he said. “We are seeking
inclusion rather than apartheid.”

Farsakh began the talk by presenting a history of the discourse
surrounding the partition of Israeli land. Since the UN General
Assembly’s affirmative vote on the Palestine Partition Plan of 1947,
“the leadership has functioned in the statehood paradigm,” said

She said that political leaders do not have the will to create a
two-state solution. According to Farsakh, their inaction has created
more problems within the state, and they need to shift their framework
of thinking in order for advancements to occur.

Bashir proposed that such advancement would happen with a binational
state. In a state where lines are not drawn in ethnic terms, both
parties will have collective rights along with state recognition, he

“The binational alternative is feasible and morally desirable,” he

He added that neither Palestinians nor Israelis would have to give up
anything in favor of this solution, and their identities and ethnic
rights would be preserved.

Despite the perceived optimism surrounding his partition plan,
audience members questioned the practicality of his ideas.

In response to a question regarding feasibility, he said, “reality is
posing some substantial problems.”

Jean M. Entine, a board member of Jewish Voice for Peace, said the
intellectual discourse surrounding the desire to find a resolution to
the conflict makes her hopeful that a compromise can be reached. But,
regarding a feasible solution, she said, “I don’t think I’ve heard it

Bashir remained hopeful that politicians would support the idea of

“We need to go beyond intellectualizing this issue. This discourse
needs to go down to political activism,” he said.

He also said he hoped his talk would expose more people to an
alternative solution.

“There is a desperate need to expose a larger audience to thinking
outside the box,” he said.


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