Monday, November 12, 2007

Palestinian, Israeli scholars to advance one-state solution in London

Report, The Electronic Intifada, 12 November 2007

"Leading Palestinian and Israeli scholars and activists will be among the speakers at an unprecedented conference to explore a one-state solution, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London on 17-18 November.

Organized by the London One State Group and the SOAS Palestine Society, the conference, "Challenging the Boundaries: A Single State in Israel/Palestine," will explore new models for a just peace including binationalism, secular democracy, a 'state of all its citizens' and federalism......

Those scheduled to participate include Nur Masalha, Ghada Karmi, Ilan Pappe, Joseph Massad, Ali Abunimah, Haim Bresheeth, Ghazi Falah, As'ad Ghanem, Leila Farsakh, Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Nadim Rouhana, Omar Barghouti, Tikva Honig-Parnass, Louise Bethlehem, Kathleen O'Connell, Gilbert Achcar, Sumantra Bose, Haidar Eid, Eitan Bronstein, Eyal Sivan, Yousef Faker el Deen and Rajaa Omari.

The two-day conference includes sessions on aspects of a one-state solution including its rationale and historical context, geography, geopolitics, citizenship and identity, and rethinking the nation-state. Speakers will provide a comparative perspective on conflicts in Ireland, India-Pakistan, South Africa and Lebanon.

Sessions on grassroots activism will bring together one-state advocates from all over Palestine and the Diaspora including the One State Group based in Gaza, according to the published program.

Conference organizers cite as one of their inspirations the late Palestinian scholar Edward Said....."

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