Friday, 19 February 2010

LONDON: IMPORTANT CONFERENCE ON THE PALESTINIAN LEFT @ SOAS, 27-28th FEB

THE LEFT IN PALESTINE / THE PALESTINIAN LEFT

Weekend Conference

27-28 February 2010,
School of Oriental and African Studies,
London Brunei Gallery

Organized by SOAS Palestine Society and hosted by the London Middle East Institute
Tickets
Please note SEATS ARE LIMITED – book in advance
Price: £30 (£20 concessions, and £40 organisations)
All tickets include lunch and refreshments

To buy your tickets:
Online - www.soaspalsoc.org
By cheque
Send cheque payable to SOAS Palestine Society with attached
note of email address to:
SOAS Palestine Society
Thornhaugh Street
London , WC1H 0XG

Day One: Saturday, 27th February

Registration and Refreshments (9:00-9:30)

Opening: Azmi Bishara (Former Knesset member in exile,
writer and political leader)

Speech delivered via video (9:30-10:00)

Session One: The Left in British-Mandate Palestine

(10:00-11:45)

Chair: John Rose (Independent Researcher, London )

Musa Budeiri ( Birzeit University )

The Last Colonial Venture: Communists, Nationalists and
Settlers in Palestine

Ilan Pappe ( Exeter University )

The Contradiction of the Zionist Left in the Mandate Era

Leena Dallasheh ( New York University )

Nazarene Labour Mobilization in Late Mandate Palestine

Coffee, Tea and Refreshments (11:45-12:00)


Session Two: The Left of the PLO-in-exile

(12:00-13:30)

Chair: Laleh Khalili ( School of Oriental and African
Studies)

Leila Khaled (PFLP, Member of the Palestinian National
Council)

The Left’s Social Mobilization in the Refugee Camps*

*presentation via video

Jamil Hilal (Independent Researcher, Ramallah)

The Shaping of the Palestinian Left

Gilbert Achcar ( School of Oriental and African Studies)

Strategic Deficiencies of the PLO Left

LUNCH (13:30-2:15)

Session Three: The Left of the PLO - West Bank and Gaza
Strip(2:15-4:15)

Chair: Dina Matar ( School of Oriental and African Studies)

Muhammad Jaradat (Campaign Unit Coordinator for BADIL)

The Left’s Lessons from the First Intifada

Toufic Haddad (Researcher for BADIL and Journalist)

The Left in the Post-Oslo Era

Aitemad Muhanna ( Swansea University )

The Rise of Hamas, the Fall of Leftist Ideology?

Jamal Juma (Coordinator for Stop the Wall Campaign)

The Current Situation of the Left in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip

Coffee, Tea and Refreshments (16:15-16:30)

Session Four: The Palestinian Left in the Israeli State

(16:30-18:00)

Chair: Bashir Abu-Manneh ( Barnard College )

Areen Hawari (Co-founder of Tajamu and former member of its
Politburo)

Balad (Tajamu): Democracy Confronts Zionism

Aida Touma-Sliman (Head of the International Relations
Department, Communist Party of Israel )

Title tbc

Ahmad Sa’di ( Ben Gurion University *)

Communism and Zionism: A Troubled Legacy

*speaking in his personal capacity


Day Two: Sunday, 28th February

Registration and Refreshments (10:30-11:00)
Session Five: The Israeli Anti-Zionist Left

(11:00-13:15)

Chair: Nira Yuval-Davis ( University of East London )

Moshe Machover ( Kings College , London )

Israeli Socialism and Anti-Zionism: Historical Tasks and
Balance Sheet

Sami Shalom Chetrit ( Queens College , CUNY)

The Zionist Left, the Anti-Zionist Left and the Fanatic
Extremist Zionist Mizrahim in Israel

(Who Really Invaded, Occupied, and Enslaved Palestine ?)

Michael Warschawski ( Alternative Information Center )

From Matzpen to Anarchists Against the Wall: Continuation
and Ruptures

Adar Grayevsky (Anarchists Against the Wall)

From Tel Aviv to Bil’in: The Israeli Radical Left Joins the
Palestinian Popular Struggle

Lunch (13:15-14:00)
Session Six: The Palestinian Left in Literature
(14:00-15:45)

Chair: Wen-Chin Ouyang ( School of Oriental and African
Studies)

Suheir Daoud (Coastal Carolina University )

Literature as Resistance

Sabry Hafez ( School of Oriental and African Studies)

Constructing Identity, Re-Claiming the Land: Palestinian
Poetry debunks the Zionist Myth

Bashir Abu-Manneh ( Barnard College )

Kanafani's Revolutionary Morality

Coffee, Tea and Refreshments (15:45-16:00)

Session Seven - Roundtable Discussion: Towards a New Left
Programme for the Palestinian Struggle

(16:00-18:00)

Chair: Gilbert Achcar

Aida Touma-Sliman, Areen Hawari, Jamal Juma, Jamil Hilal
and Muhammad Jaradat


Tickets Please note SEATS ARE LIMITED – book in advance
Price: £30 (£20 concessions, and £40 organisations)
All tickets include lunch and refreshments

To buy your tickets:

Online - www.soaspalsoc.org

You do not need a PayPal account to buy online.

If you do not have a PayPal account, click 'Continue' under
the question 'Don't have a PayPal account?' which is on the
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By cheque

Send cheque payable to SOAS Palestine Society with attached
note of email address to

SOAS Palestine Society
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London , WC1H 0XG

Location SOAS Brunei Gallery
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London , WC1H 0XG
Contact
palestineconference@gmail.com
www.soaspalsoc.org