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HUJ Nurit Peled Elhanan to appear at The Russell Tribunal on Palestine, NY as well as Ilan Pappe Noam Chomsky & Johan Galtung

 

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Dr. Peled Elhanan Nurit*
General Information :

Address at the University:†Education
Fax:†02-5882045
Email:†nuritpeled@gmail.com
Office hours:†Sunday, by appointment







Editorial Note: The Radical hypocrisy of the Radical Left Series: The Russell Tribunal in New York

Nurit Peled Elhanan (HUJ) is off to New York where she will appeal with Noam Chomsky, Johan Galtung and Ilan Pappe before the self-appointed Russell Tribunal, a group of radical leftists whose only aim is to delegitmize Israel.

The hypocrisy of the Russell Tribunal is more evident than ever before.††The Middle East has witnessed a unprecedented wave of violence where Christians are targeted by the newly victorious Islamists, or as in Syria, were citizens are killed by their own government. The Russell Tribunal keeps silent on these issues, depriving it†of any moral authority to speak out.



Susie Abulhawa and Nurit Peled (Elhanan) to appear together in New York

HelenaCobban of Just World Newstells us:

Susan Albulhawa will probe with Miko Peled andNurit PeledElhanan not only the content of their very important written work [details below] but also how they feel about what they found out as they were producing it, and what they learned from it about the nature of the Zionist venture in which they grew up. She may also share some of the feelings she had, as a Palestinian, reading Miko's account of his personal journey.

The Peled siblings may well reflect on the lasting legacy they gained from their parents: a mother who in 1948 refused to take up an offer from the infant Israeli government to simply move into one of the many Jerusalem homes whose Palestinian inhabitants had so recently been "cleansed" from the city, and a father who right after the 1967 war started arguing loudly that it was time to make peace with the Palestinians then and there, and to talk to the PLO.

This will be an intimate encounter among three visionary individuals, two Israelis and a Palestinian, who are all deeply committed advocates for the equality of all human persons-- and for the establishment of a political order in Palestine/Israel that enshrines that equality.

Abulhawa is formidable. I remember an academic telling me once that he was afraid to come out for boycott because he was afraid of Dershowitz. The idea of debating Dershowitz scares a lot of people off. But Abulhawadebated him, and left him sputtering.

(I covered Miko Peled'sgreat analysis of the conflict here, on his recent booktour; that's why he's not in my headline.)

Moreinfo on the speakers:

Miko Peled, author of the transformative memoir The Generalís Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, will be participating in a landmark public conversation in midtown Manhattan on the evening of Monday, October 8, along with his sister, the wellknown Israeli peace educator and activist Nurit Peled (Elhanan), and Susan Abulhawa, a pioneering Palestinian childrenís-rights activist and author of the breakthrough novel Mornings in Jenin.

This event is being hosted by the Peace and Justice Task Force of All Souls Church, Unitarian, at 1157 Lexington Avenue.

Miko will also be doing two more events while heís in New York: One at Hunter College on the evening of October 9, and a daytime event in midtown on one of those days. Details of these other events will be posted on Mikoís book-blog,The Generalís Son.

Nurit Peled (Elhanan) is an Israeli professor of language and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and co-laureate of the 2001 Sakharov Prize for Human Rights and the Freedom of Speech. Peled Elhananís landmark study Palestine in Israeli Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education will be released in paperback in the U.S. in late October.

Susan Abulhawa is a Palestinian-American writer and political commentator. She is the author of the 2010 international bestselling novel, Mornings in Jenin and the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, an NGO that since 2002 has been upholding the Right to Play for Palestinian children by building playgrounds and sponsoring recreation in Palestine and UN refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria.

Copies of The Generalís Son and Mornings in Jenin will be available for purchase at the October 8 event, and light refreshments will be provided.





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SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
Susan Abulhawa in conversation with Miko Peled and Nurit Peled: NYC, Oct 8!


susan-abulhawa.jpgAttention, New Yorkers!Miko Peled, talented author of the transformative memoirThe Generalís Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, will be participating in a landmark public conversation in midtown Manhattan at 7:30 pm on Monday, October 8, along with his sister, the wellknown Israeli peace educator and activistNurit Peled (Elhanan),andSusan Abulhawa, a Palestinian-American writer and political commentator and the author of the 2010 international bestselling novel,Mornings in Jenin. This event is being hosted by the Peace and Justice Task Force of All Souls Church, Unitarian, at 1157 Lexington Avenue. Details,here. Miko will also be doing two more events while heís in New York: One at Hunter College on the evening of October 9, and a daytime event in midtown on one of those days. Details of these other events will be posted on Mikoís book-blog,The Generalís Son.

Here is more information about the other two participants in the October 8 event:

  • Nurit Peled (Elhanan)is an Israeli professor of language and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and co-laureate of the 2001 Sakharov Prize for Human Rights and the Freedom of Speech. Peled Elhananís landmark studyPalestine in Israeli Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Educationwill be released in paperback in the U.S. in late October.
  • Susan Abulhawais a Palestinian-American writer and political commentator. She is the author of the 2010 international bestselling novel,Mornings in Jeninand the founder ofPlaygrounds for Palestine,an NGO that since 2002 has been upholding the Right to Play for Palestinian children by building playgrounds and sponsoring recreation in Palestine and UN refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria.

Copies ofThe Generalís SonandMornings in Jeninwill be available for purchase at the October 8 event, and light refreshments will be provided.



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Meet the Speakers

Ilan Pappéis an Israeli historian and activist. He is currently a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at theUniversity of Exeterin the UK, director of the universityís European Centre for Palestine Studies, and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies. He is the author ofThe Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine(2006),The Modern Middle East(2005),A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples(2003), andBritain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict(1988). He was formerly a leading member ofHadash, and was a candidate on the party list in the1996and1999Knesset elections. Pappé is one of IsraelísNew Historianswho, since the release of pertinent British and Israeli government documents in the early 1980s, have beenrewriting the historyof Israelís creation in 1948, and the correspondingexpulsion or flightof 700,000Palestinians.



Johan Galtung, born in 1930 in Oslo, Norway, is widely recognized as the founder of the academic discipline of peace studies. He has mediated in more than one hundred international conflicts, often successfully, and published more than 150 books, with translations into 33 languages. Early in his career he was an active journalist, and now publishes a weekly column on the TRANSCEND Media Service (www.transcend.org/tms). In 2000, he founded the TRANSCEND Peace University and serves as its Rector. In 2008, he founded the TRANSCEND University Press, you can find out more about Galtungís work atwww.transcend.org.



Noam Chomskyis a US political theorist and activist, and Institute Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Besides his work in linguistics, Chomsky is internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today. Chomsky has lectured at many universities in the United States and abroad, and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards. He has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, contemporary issues, international affairs and US foreign policy. Among his recent books are:New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind;On Nature and Language;Hopes and Prospects;Gaza in Crisis;How the World Works;9-11: Was There an Alternative?;Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire, and Resistance;The Science of Language;andPeace with Justice.


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http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com/en/sessions/future-sessions/media-briefing


Media Briefing for the 4th SessionOf the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

ďUS Complicity and UN Failings in Dealing with Israelís Violations of International Law Toward the Palestinian PeopleĒ

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine will be holding its fourth and final international session in New York City on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, 2012. The New York hearings are part of an international peopleís tribunal created in response to the international communityís inaction regarding Israelís recognized violations of international law.

The tribunal aims to bring attention to the complicity and responsibility of various national, international and corporate actors in the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the perpetuation of Israelís impunity under international law.

Although the tribunal has no legal status, like other Russell tribunals on Vietnam, Chile and Iraq, its legitimacy comes from its universality and the strength that it draws from the will of citizens and the support of international personalities who advocate for an end to the Israeli occupation and Israelís denial of Palestinian rights.

Following the sessions in Barcelona (which focused on EU complicity), London (on corporate complicity) and Cape Town (on the crime of apartheid), the New York tribunal will go back to the roots of the conflict and focus on United Nations and United States responsibility in the denial of the Palestiniansí right to self-determination.

During the New York City session, the jury will hear testimony on:

  • The Birth of Zionism and its Impact on the Palestinians, Including the United Nationsí Involvement in Palestinian and Israeli Policies Since 1948
  • The Role of the United Nations in the Obstruction of Palestiniansí Right to Self- Determination
  • The role of the United States in Supporting Violations of Palestinian Rights
  • The Role of the United States, NGOs and International Civil Society in Moving Forward
  • The Issue of Sociocide from Native Americans to Palestinians

What is the Russell Tribunal on Palestine?

The first Russell Tribunal met in 1967 to investigate US war crimes committed in Vietnam and to adjudicate them on the basis of international law. It was set up by Bertrand Russell, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950, and chaired by Jean-Paul Sartre.

Eminent intellectuals, writers and activists such as James Baldwin, Stokely Carmichael, Julio Cortazar Lazaro Cardenas and Simone de Beauvoir took part in the first tribunalís proceedings.

Despite lacking formal judicial status, the tribunal acts as a public awareness forum, highlighting acts of injustice and impunity for violations of international law. The tribunal and its legitimacy does not stem from any government or political party, but its membersí prestige, professionalism and commitment to human rights.

Today, the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation is sponsoring the establishment of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. This tribunal was formed to discuss errors, omissions and complicity of third parties including nations, organizations and corporations that allow Israelís occupation of the territories and its impunity in human rights abuses

It comprises eminent people from a wide range of countries, including Israel-Palestine, the United States, Britain and South Africa.

Its international support committeefeatures over 100 diverse personalities, such as the former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

Among others is Mohammed Bedjaoui, ex-president of the International Court of Justice, public intellectual Noam Chomsky, filmmaker Ken Loach, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker and civil rights leader Angela Davis.

Why is the tribunal needed?

On July 9, 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued a 1,067-page advisory opinion ruling that the wall built by Israel in occupied Palestine was illegal. Eleven days later, the UN General Assembly adopted by an overwhelming majority a resolution that acknowledges the ICJ opinion.

The resolution called on UN member states to comply with their legal obligations as mentioned in the opinion. It obliged them not to render aid or assistance for the wallís construction or to recognize Israelís illegal construction of what is known as the ďseparation barrierĒ or ďapartheid wall.Ē

The resolution also required member states to ensure Israelís compliance with obligations under international humanitarian law and the right of self-determination of the Palestinian people.

But all the states that voted for the resolution were then content to only issue mere condemnations and policy statements. This allowed Israel to continue its policy of land confiscation, creating illegal settlements in occupied territory, thus violating Palestiniansí rights.

In December 2008, the Israeli Defense Forces launched a war on the Gaza Strip, which was already reeling under a brutal siege. The war that killed more than 1,400 people rendered Israelís contempt for international law more apparent than ever.

It highlighted the responsibility and complicity of other countriesóespecially the United States and the countries of the European Unionóin the injustices suffered by the Palestinian people.

Yet as the condemnations have not been accompanied by sanctions or changes in financing of any kind, Israel enjoys the tacit support of the international community.

This is the context that led to the establishment of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.

It represents a civil initiative that aims to promote international law as the key factor applicable to the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

The tribunal also seeks to mobilize international public opinion so the United Nations and member states can be persuaded to act to end Israelís impunity and build a lasting and just peace.

The tribunal was not only established to focus on Israelís manifest responsibility. It also intends to show the complicity of third-party states, corporations and international bodies whose passive stance or active support allows Israel to continue violating human rights.

How does the Tribunal operate?

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine was established in response to a call by the late Ken Coates, chair of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, Nurit Peled, the Israeli winner of the Sakharov Prize for freedom of speech and Leila Shahid, the EU general delegate for Palestine.

Responsibility for organizing the Russell Tribunal on Palestine lies withtheInternational Organizing Committee.

Its members are: Pierre Galand, Stéphane Hessel, Marcel-Francis Kahn, Robert Kissous, François Maspero, Paulette Pierson-Mathy, Bernard Ravenel and Brahim Senouci.

TheInternational Support Committeeis comprised of individuals with an international reputation from the academic, scientific, cultural and political fields, but with no current political mandate (see annex).

TheNational Support Committeescontribute to fundraising and ensure popular mobilization and media coverage. They may also assume responsibility for organizing a session in their country or help to arrange others.

National Support Committeeshave been set up in the United States, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Spain and Catalonia.

Such committees are also being established in the Netherlands, Austria, Algeria, Lebanon, India and Chile.

The US National Support Committee will host the fourth and final session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in New York City, October 6Ė7, 2012.

The US committee brings together individuals who are academics, lawyers, journalists, activists, and writers specialized in human rights as well as US organizations involved in defending human rights and international law in Palestine.

Tribunal sessions are prepared with assistance from dozens of experts and academics from different countries. Experts present arguments at the hearings. Witnesses testify on relevant aspects of the issues addressed.

A jury made up of eminent personalities from the legal, academic, scientific, cultural or political fields will be present at each session.

The tribunal is the core element of the project.

Once the hearings end after the expertsí reports and witnessesí statements, the jury will deliberate and present its conclusions.



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