Even as the Secretary of State John Kerry announced the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, radical academics rushed to put the right of return of Palestinians on the public agenda.
A large conference on the Right of Return was organized in London with the help of Ilan Pappe, formerly of Haifa University, now at Exeter University's Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. The Center has been a recipient of Arab money in the United Kingdom. Another conference participant is Uri Davis, an Israeli convert to Islam.
The second conference is organized by Zochrot, a group based in Tel Aviv, dedicated to the Right of Return of Palestinian refugees. Adi Ophir, Ariella
Azoulay, Gadi Algazi and Yehouda Shenhav were among the first academic supporters of Zochrot. Currently, TAU professors Dan Rabinowitz
and Aïm Deüelle Lüski are speakers at this conference.
These seemingly academic gatherings have a very applied political purpose; they serve as a warning to the Palestinian leadership not to compromise on the right to return. It is no coincidence that these and other radical faculty have never accepted the two-state solution; pushing for a full return will virtually assure the collapse of the talks.
REALIZING THE RETURN OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES
From truth to redress 29-30.9.2013 | I n t e r n a t i o n a l C o n f e r e n c e
The conference is made possible thanks to the generous support of: Misereor, Christian Aid, HEKS-EPER, CCFD, Finn Church Aid, Broederlijk Delen, AFSC, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Mennonite Central Committee, Trocaire, St. Het Solidariteitsfonds, Oxfam GB and private donors.
Sunday, September 29th
10:30 Opening Remarks
10:45 Key note speaker: Transitional Justice Responses to Palestinian Dispossession: Focus on Restitution /Leila Hilal - Director, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation.
11:30 Coffee Break
11:45 Transitional Justice in Israel-Palestine:Return as an Act of Justice Chair: Leila Hilal - Director, Middle East Task Force,New America Foundation.- The Right to Refuse: Abject Theory and the Return of Palestinian Refugees / Prof. Dan Rabinowitz - Tel-Aviv University.- Reconciliation in Peace Agreements: The Geneva Initiative as aTest Case / Yoav Kapshuk – PhD Candidate, Tel-Aviv University.- Transitional Justice in Serbia: False Reconciliation /Marijana Toma - Humanitarian Law Center (HLC), Serbia.- Forced displacement in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict,International Law and Potential Remedies / Munir Nuseibah –PhD, University of Westminster in London, Director at Al-Quds Human Rights Clinic.13:30 Lunch Break
14:30 State, Regime and Space: Return Where?Chair: Salman Natour - Author and Playwright, Daliet Al-Karmel- Imagining the Future: Towards a Binational State in Palestine-Israel and a Multicultural Regional Confederation /Prof. Jeff Halper - Founder and Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).- Transitioning towards full equality and return /Allegra Pacheco – Lawyer, Columbia Law School, work in the west bank, live in Bethlehem.- Looking Back, Looking Forward: Transitional Justice,Comprehensive Plans of Action and Palestinian Refugees /Terry Rempel – PhD, Exeter University (UK).
15:45 Coffee Break
16:00 Continues - State, Regime and Space: Return Where?- The Right of Return: Reversing Ethnic Cleansing /Dr. Salman H. Abu Sitta - Founder and President of the Palestine Land Society (PLS), London.- Return as the Key for a One-State Solution / The Jaffa Group for One Democratic State- Multilingualism as a Model for Post-Utopian Multi-Existentialism /Dr. Aïm Deüelle Lüski - Tel-Aviv University, Philosopher and Artist.- Society of Peace is Possible – in Israel/Palestine: A Proposal for a New Political Order / Dr. Erella Shadmi - Radical feminist, peace and anti-racism activist and scholar living in Israel. Q&A
17:40 Coffee Break
18:00 Strategies for Promoting Return: The Challenge Faced by Palestinian and Israeli Societies and the International Community Chair: Liat Rosenberg – Director of Zochrot.- The Responsibility of Palestinian Society and Organizations to Realize the Right of Return / Khulood Badawi - Palestinian civilrights activist, Nazareth.- Civil Society: promoting refugee rights and countering collective inertia / William Bell - Christian Aid, UK.- Strategies and Recommendations for Israeli NGOs on Realizing Return and Promoting Justice / BADIL - Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights, Bethlehem.- The Return as a Demon: How to Cope with the Israeli Dread /Gidon Levy – Journalist, Tel Aviv. Q&A
19:45 End of day Monday, September 30th
10:00 Opening Lecture: Former Palmach Fighter on Return of the Palestinian Refugees - Amnon Neumann.
10:30 Return Now! Reports from the Field Chair: Orwa Switat – Urban planner and Organizational consultant, Haifa.- Returning to Gaza / Munir Nuseibah - PhD, University of Westminster in London and Director at Al-Quds Human Rights Clinic.- Returning to Iqrit / A representative of the Iqrit returnees.- Returning to Mi'ar / Mi'ar Group for the Vision of return.
11:30 Coffee Break
11:45 Continues - Return Now! Reports from the Field- Returning to Mi'ar / Michal Ran – Ph.D Candidate,University of Chicago.- Returning to al-Ruis /Ibraheem Abu al-Hayja- Refugee from al-Ruis and Michal Ran - Ph.D Candidate, University of Chicago.- Returning to al-'Araqib /A representative of the al-'Araqib returnees.- Returning to al-Lajun / al-Lajun Group for the Vision of return. Q&A
13:00 Lunch Break
14:00 Return Now? From Political Consciousness to Planning the Return Chair: Eitan Bronstein - Zochrot- The right of return in Palestinian political consciousness in Israel /Areej Sabbagh-Khoury - PhD Candidate, Tel-Aviv University, and Prof. Nadim N. Rouhana - Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University in Boston, Founding director of Mada al-Carmel. - Return(s) in the oral histories of the Palestinian exiles /Dominika Blachnicka - PhD Candidate, University of London.- Map of Return: Planning the Space of Return and Challenges Facing the Public Campaign / Orwa Switat - Urban planner and Organizational consultant, Haifa.- al-Lajun - Between Memory and Innovation: Planning and Demonstration of the Reconstructed Village Center /Shadi Habib-Allah - Architect, Ein Mahal.- Respondent / Dr. Haim Yacobi – Architect and planner, Head of the MA Program in Urban Design, Bezalel, Jerusalem. Q&A
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 From Vision to Reality: Towards a New SocietyChair: Jumana Abo Oxa – Independent Consultant on Transitional Justice, Mi'liya.- Return and compensation Tracks and second occupant as case study / Noa Levi - Lawyer and a graduate student,Tel-Aviv University.- Two Steps Forward: Return as a Necessity and a Dream /Ami Asher - Translator and Editor, Member of Zochrot, Jaffa- The theoretical problems of education for a culture of return /Roi Silberberg - Political educator, PhD Candidate, Haifa University.- The approach that is needed to end the colonial nature of Israel and in order to achieve justice and return / BADIL - Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights, Bethlehem.Q&A
18:10 Coffee Break
18:30 Round Table: Speakers do not Cut Corners /Mediator: Umar al-Ghubari - Landscape & Space, Zochrot.
20:00 launching a new book of Sedek - 'Awda' Playback performance - Imagining the Return / Kartoshkes Ensemble
22:00 End of conference
The conference will take place in the area of the village Shaykh Muwannis, which was located there till the Nakba.
Address: Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv - The Rothschild Auditorium, 2 Haim Levanon street, Tel Aviv.
Ilan Pappe, Uri Davis - The Palestinian Right of Return conference London September 2013
International Conference on Oslo Accord Impact and Future
The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) and the Exeter Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) have joined to host the International Conference on the Oslo Accords.
The 1993 framework for ending the Palestinian Israeli conflict has dominated for decades. The temporary process has become a permanent reality for twenty years, under which Israeli occupation and Palestinian dispossession has become more concrete than ever before.
In marking the twentieth anniversary, the two day conference will provide comprehensive review and analysis of the Accords. A number of international experts: including leading academics, film makers, researchers and policy makers, will give in-depth presentations on major topics including final status issues.
Time: Saturday & Sunday 7th, 8th September 2013
From 9am to 5 pm each day
P21 Gallery 21 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD, UK
Book your seat now: firstname.lastname@example.org, seats are very limited!
Conference Provisional Timetable
DAY ONE 10 AM
Palestinian Ambassadorto the UK Prof. Manuel Hassassian (TBC),
Former MP, Clare Short (TBC),
Jeremy Corbyn (MP),
Baroness Jenny Tonge,
Majed Al Zeer, PRC General Director
Session One: Keynote Speech
Mr. Abdul Bari Atwan, Founder and former editor-in-chief of the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Al Quds Al Arabi
Session Two: The Road to Oslo
Topic 1: From the Nakba to Oslo: Evolution of Palestinian struggle for human rights and self determination
Speaker: Daud Abdulah, Director of Middle East Media Monitor
Topic 2: Israel’s road to Oslo: Conflict management or conflict resolution
Speaker: Illan Pappé, Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies - University of Exeter, Author of the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Session Three: Film Screening “Behind Oslo”
- Topic1: Documentary Film by Rawan al Dameen on the Oslo Process
- Topic 2: Discussion
Speaker: Rawan Al Damen, Producer and Director, Programs Department Al Jazeera, Director of Al Nakba film
Session Four: Oslo’s Wider Geopolitical Context
- Topic 1: Role of the West in the Oslo Process?
Speaker: Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy Studies
- Topic 2: Oslo’s fatal flaws?
Speaker: Petter Bauck, Senior Advisor on conflict-related issues in the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and Editor of upcoming book on Oslo
DAY TWO: 10 AM
Session Five: Impact of Oslo
- Topic 1: Impact on the just resolution of the refugee question
Speaker: Oroub El-Abed, PHD Researcher Associate Member SOAS
Topic 2: Detention and Imprisonment of Palestinians under Oslo.
Speaker: Khaled Waleed- U-Free Network
Topic 3: What was achieved by devolving authority over education to Palestinians
Speaker: Gillian Kerr-Sheppard, Researcher at University of Sydney, Australia
Impact of Oslo continued
Topic 1: Impact on the Political Thinking of Palestinian Leadership
Speaker: Emile Badarin, PhD student in Middle East Politics, his research is focused on the Palestinian political discourse between exile and occupation
- Topic2: Theft of Water and Palestinian Resource
Speaker, Ismail Patel, Chairman of FOA
Session Seven: After Oslo
- Topic1: Thinking Beyond Oslo.
Speaker: Dr. Ghada Karmi, leading Palestinian activist, academic and writer author of Married to Another Man
Topic2: The Future of Oslo and Palestine, "The Framework for Justice and Peace in Palestine
Speaker: Uri Davis, of Fath Revolutionary Council & Palestine National Council, ethnically cleansed and occupies Palestine
Session Eight: The Future of Oslo and Palestine
Round Table Discussion by conference speakers