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Thursday, 25 February 2010

The Left in Palestine Conference































A Conference not to be missed! And certainly not something that Britain's Palestine Solidarity Campaign could organise given its slavish adherence to a 2 State Solution and the PA's diplomatic strategy of reliance on the West.

At a time when we have seen Hamas, an avowedly sectarian organisation, rise to the leadership of the Palestinians, this Conference is a good opportunity to reassess the Left's own strategy and perspective and our own analysis of where we are going and what the current period means.

Tony Greenstein

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)
Welcome Address: Hassan Hakimian (Director, London Middle East Institute)

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 (SWP activist and 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 Zahalka (Chair of the National Democratic Assembly/Tajamu and Member of Knesset)The Relationship between the Palestinian Left in Israel and WBGS: Joint or Separate Struggle?

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
Issam Makhoul
(Chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian and Israeli Studies,

Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Israel)

Internationalist Answers in a Sharp Nationalistic Conflict
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 (Qatar University)
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
Areen Hawari, Issam Makhoul, Jamil Hilal, Jamal Zahalka and Muhammad Jaradat
including pre-recorded contribution by Jamal Juma


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 left of the log-in box.
By cheque
Send cheque payable to SOAS Palestine Society with attached note of email address to
SOAS Palestine Societyn, 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

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