Discussions

 
BDS

Mohammed Abuabou and Michael Deas
In the five years following the Palestinian call for boycotts, divestment and sanctions the movement has emerged as the key tool with which to hold Israel and its supporters accountable for Israeli violations of international law. Cultural superstars from Faithless to Ken Loach and  civil society organisations such as trade unions and churches have have joined the boycott movement, major corporations are ending their involvement in Israel and illegal settlements and the boycott is encouraging dissent within racist Israeli society. In this informal workshop, Mohammed Abuabdou from the Palestinian Student Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PSCABI) and Michael Deas from the Palestinian BDS National Committee will lead a discussion on practical ways for our communities to play an effective role in the movement.
 
Gaza

Sameh Habeeb, Imad Hamdouna and others
A discussion facilitated by Gazans living in London, both students and workers, sharing their knowledge and stories on Gaza, still under illegal siege.
 
The Palestinian Tradition of Popular Resistance: Liberation and Return

A talk by Professor Karma Nabulsi, Oxford University.
Palestinians have organised resistance to their dispossession since settler colonisation began at the start of the 20th century, and after 1948 for the return to their homes and the liberation of their homeland. The history of this tradition of Palestinian popular resistance is one of creativity, collective endeavour, and inspiration.

The Arab Revolutions and Palestine

Toufic Haddad, a phd student at SOAS and member of the SOAS Palestine Society, Azza Ahmed Zaki, and Egyptian activist in London, Firas Jabloun, as the representative in the UK of the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) will lead the closing session on the Arab revolutions and uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and Algeria and what these historical events mean for the freedom of Palestine. Also other speakers include John Rees from the Stop the War Coalition and Counterfire. This session will be chaired by Gilbert Achcar, Lebanese academic, writer, socialist and antiwar activist.
 
Twinning with Palestine: the possibilities

Short talk including youth film, display and discussion led by Camden Abu Dis, our local grassroots twinning links with Palestine. This session is run by CAFDA who will no doubt inspire people by their work. More information on CAFDA can be found here: www.camdenabudis.net
 
PRC Workshop on the Right of Return

"What is the right of return? and Why does Israel reject it?"
by Nasim Ahmad, PRC senior researcher
The Palestinian Return Centre is an independent consultancy focusing on the historical, political and legal aspects of the Palestinian Refugees. The organization offers expert advice to various actors and agencies on the question of Palestinian Refugees within the context of the Nakba - The catastrophe following the forced displacement of Palestinians in 1948 - and serves as an information repository on other related aspects of the Palestine question and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
 
Reports from the Egyptian Revolution

Ammar Nouh, an Egyptian who participated in the revolution, and Chris, activist from Smash EDO . This discussion will begin with short presentations and first hand accounts of the revolution including the organisation of Tahrir square, the reactions to the curfew, the actions of the police, the barricades and the paid thugs as well as the spirit on the streets of Cairo in the days that preceded the fall of Mubarak.

Chris' accounts from Cairo can be read at: http://reportsfromtheegyptianuprising.wordpress.com
 
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