Israel/Palestine: Debate in Parliament

One Voice

I have been asked to help publicise an event for Jews for Justice for Palestinians at Parliament on 24th February. The questions to be debated are:

“With the ‘peace process’ stalled and facts on the ground making a two-state solution increasingly difficult what hope is there for progress in Israel and Palestine in 2010? What role can or should the United States and the European Union play?

The first question presumes that “the facts on the ground”, a general euphemism for the settlements, are the main problem to peace. Obviously, this reduces the argument to putting all blame solely on Israel.

Nevertheless, I agreed to publicise the event due to the presence of a representative of One Voice on the panel.

One Voice is a large and growing movement of moderate Israelis and Palestinians who are engaged in conflict resolution with the objective of negotiations leading to a two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

John Lyndon, Executive Director of One Voice Europe, will be speaking alongside three other panellists who are either highly critical of Israel or are against Israel’s existence as a Jewish state.

But to hear the views of One Voice will be well worth it.

If you wish to register for the event please see details below:

Perspectives on Israel & Palestine – What can we expect in 2010?
A question & answer session with:
Afif Safieh – former PLO ambassador in London, Washington and Moscow
John Lyndon – Executive Director, One Voice Europe
Daphna Baram – UK based Israeli journalist
Dan Judelson – JfJfP (chair)

With the ‘peace process’ stalled and facts on the ground making a two-state solution increasingly difficult what hope is there for progress in
Israel and Palestine in 2010? What role can or should the United States and the European Union play?

The panel will answer questions submitted by MPs, peers & activists as well as presenting their own analyses of the current situation.

Please submit questions and requests for places (the event is likely to be popular and therefore oversubscribed) to events@jfjfp.org

Wednesday February 24th 2010, 7pm‐9pm, Grand Committee Room, Parliament

Thanks to Glenda Jackson MP for facilitating this event.
Directions: Nearest tube: Westminster (Jubilee line) Buses include: 3, 12, 24, 88, 148, 159, 211, 453 stopping in Parliament Square
Please allow up to 20 minutes to clear security on entrance and use St Stephen’s entrance, Old Palace Yard)

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6 responses to “Israel/Palestine: Debate in Parliament

  1. Richard, thanks for putting this up, caveats and all. I would just point out that there are three speakers, Afif, Daphna and John – I’m chairing, not speaking and I’ve sought to invite a wide range of people to come, to submit questions and discuss. We have everyone from the Anglo-Israel association to Palestine Monitor reserving places.

    The questions on the flyer are merely a taster – the emphasis will be on those put by the audience (the speakers will have just a few minutes to make introductory remarks before we go to the questions) , which, I’m pleased to say, are coming in thick and fast.

    Finally, I am not sure ANY one on the panel is against Israel’s existence as a Jewish state – or as a state with a largely Jewish character. John is not. I am not. I don’t think Daphna is and as a PA representative, Afif has been working for a two state solution for rather longer than you or I!

  2. Dan,

    Daphna is the only Israeli involved, and although you are sure about your own and John’s positive stand regarding “Israel’s existence as a Jewish state – or as a state with a largely Jewish character”, you only DON’T THINK that Daphna is against it?

  3. richardmillett

    Man of Jerusalem – Daphna had nothing positive to say about Israel or its existence as a Jewish state on the evening. You are absoultely right. Thanks for picking that up.

    I also doubt Afif is for a TSS from what he said.

  4. Actually, Daphna was NOT the only Israeli on the platform, as we also had Ruth Wasserman Lande, a former diplomat at the MFA, an advisor to Shimon Peres, now a doctoral student at Oxford University. (She was a last minute addition not on the programme that Richard publicised so I am not point scoring, just updating. Richard, what was it that Afif said that makes you think he is not pro”TSS” ?

  5. richardmillett

    Hi Dan

    Ruth was good. So was John. The debate was good. You should do more.

    I am meaning to blog the event but Afif took 20 minutes in his answer to my question about the return of the refugees to Israel and there was his issue of Israel apologising to the Palestinians for the Naqbah. That will never happen so a TSS will never happen!

    Such an apology is an unneccessary and additional complication.

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