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Anti-Israel Conferences
Israeli academics to participate a Palestinian conference 'One State for Palestine / Israel: A Country for All Its Citizens?'

Dr Meron Benvenisti, Prof' Oren Ben-Dor, Professor Gabriel Piterberg, Professor Nadim Rouhana, Professor As’ad Ghanem, Professor Smadar Lavie, (PhD candidate) Omar Barghouti, Professor Ilan Pappe


One State for Palestine / Israel: A Country for All Its Citizens?

Announcement and Invitation to an International Conference on the campus of the University of Massachusetts

Conference Program (All speakers have confirmed their participation)

Saturday March 28th, 2009 (Day 1)

9:00 -- 9:15    Welcome and Rationale of the Conference

Dr. Hani A. Faris, Conference Co-Chair and Acting Chairperson of TARI
Dr. Kevin Bowen, Director, William Joiner Center for the Study of War and its Social Consequences
9:15 -- 11:15    Panel I: Is the Two State Settlement Feasible?

Chair: Professor Duncan Kennedy
A.    Land Confiscation, Settlements and the Feasibility of a Two State Solution
Speaker: Dr Meron Benvenisti
B.    Quiet Transfer: Judaization of Jerusalem
Speaker: Professor Saree Makdisi
C.    The Fragmentation of the Palestinian Body Politic
Speaker: Professor Karma Nabulsi
D.    Challenging the Consensus Favoring the Two State Model
Speaker: Ali Abunimah
E.    Is The Two State Settlement Still Viable? An Overall Assessment of the Present Situation.
Speaker: Professor Naseer Aruri

11:15 -- 11:30    Break

11:30 -- 1:15    Panel II: A Historic Settlement in Harmony with the Jewish and Palestinian Ethos                          

Chair: Mr. Howard Lenow
A.    A Sense of Justice: World Jewry & the One State Solution
Speaker: Professor Oren Ben-Dor
B.    Israel, Ethnic Particularism & Universalist Values
Speaker: Professor Marc Ellis
C.    Jerusalem and the future Solution to the Conflict
Speaker: Dr Mahdi Abdul-Hadi
D.    The Palestinian Right of Return in the Context of the One and Two State Solutions
Speaker: Professor Susan Akram
1:15 -- 2:00    Lunch Break

2:00 -- 3:45    Panel III:   The Vision: One Country, One State

Chair: Dr Mark Solomon
A.    The Geographic and Demographic Imperatives of a Single State
Speaker: Dr Salman Abu Sitta
B.    The Contours of the One State: Shapes of Sovereignty
Speaker: Professor Michael Lynk
C.    A New Arab / Jewish Narrative
Speaker: Professor Gabriel Piterberg
D.    The Palestinian National Movement and the One State Vision
Speaker: Professor Nadim Rouhana

3:45 -- 4:00    Break

4:00 -- 6:00    Panel IV: Strategies for Building One Country

Chair: Dr Hani A. Faris
A.    Popular Sovereignty and Justice
Speaker: Professor Karma Nabulsi
B.    Charting a Diplomatic Course for Alternative Thinking: Arab, Western & Other Governments
Speaker: Dr Husam Zomlot
C.    Mobilizing Palestinians
Speaker: Professor George Bisharat
D.    Mobilizing World Jewry
Speaker: Professor Norton Mezvinsky
E.    Awakening the American Conscience
Speaker: Professor Joel Kovel

Sunday March 29th, 2009 (Day 2)

9:00 -- 11:00    Panel V: Methods for Building One Country  

Chair: Professor Seif Da'Na
A.    Dealing with the International Organizations’ Consensus on the Two State Solution
Speaker: Ms. Phyllis Bennis
B.    The Palestinians in Israel and the One and Two State Solutions
Speaker: Professor As’ad Ghanem
C.    Modes of Non Violent Activism to Achieve Palestinian Human Rights        
Speaker: Ms. Nadia Hijab
D.    Israeli Feminism and the One State Solution
Speaker: Professor Smadar Lavie
E.    Grassroots Organizing in the U.S. of Palestinians, Labor and Students for the Right of Return & the One State Solution
Speaker: Mr. Monadel Herzallah

11:00 -- 11:15    Break

11:15-- 1:00   Panel VI: The Organization for Building One country

A.    Building An International Movement To Promote the One State Solution
Speaker: Dr Ghada Karmi
B.    Building Movements for the One State Solution in Palestine & the Arab World
Speaker: Professor Leila Farsakh
C.    Organizing for Self Determination, ethical De Zionization & Resisting Apartheid
Speaker: Omar Barghouti
D.    Proposal For A New Israeli Political Organization: Building A Movement For The One State Solution
Speaker: Professor Ilan Pappe

1:00 -- 1:15    Break

1:15 -- 2:30      Panel VII: Israel's Strategies of Destruction and Debilitation: The Implications of the War on Gaza to Coexistence, Cohabitation & Future Statehood

Chair: Professor Michael C. Hudson
Speakers: Professor Ilan Pappe, Mr. Omar Barghouti, Dr. Nancy Murray

Summaries, Recommendations & General Discussion

 Conference Statement

In recent years, with facts on the ground changing, many scholars and commentators have questioned the feasibility of a truly just and enduring two state solution to the Palestinian Israeli conflict.  Increased discrimination against Palestinians in Israel, continued growth in the expansion of settlements in the 1967-occupied territories, the erection of the separation wall, are just a few of the factors making the current two state solution option seem to many no longer a truly tenable offering.  Scholars, commentators and citizens have begun to look at other ideas, and most to the idea of the creation of a comprehensive single state as the solution.  Over the past year, support for that idea has been growing with conferences held in the United Kingdom, Spain, Israel and the West Bank.  Still, this alternative is left firmly off  of the official agendas.   Yet in the months following the November 2007 Annapolis meetings, the Israeli Government announced tenders for the construction of thousands of new housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, suggesting it has no intention of releasing its hold on the territories.   

A report published by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in July 2007 revealed that the pace and extent of Israeli colonization activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has reached a point where the creation of a genuinely independent Palestinian state has become a geophysical impossibility.  Forty percent of the West Bank, according to the OCHA report, is now taken up with Israeli infrastructure (settlements, roads, army bases, closed military areas) to which Palestinians are denied access.  The remaining sixty percent is broken up into enclaves of land disconnected from each other and the outside world by Israeli controlled roads, walls, ditches or borders.  The rate of population increase of the Jewish settlements in the occupied territories is expected to double within a few years if the trend of settlement continues apace.   As many observers of the political behavior of Israel ’s political leaders have noted, the Israelis continue to extend the  two-state solution discourse primarily to pursue sustained confiscation of Palestinian land and to pressure Palestinians to leave in order to reduce the proportion of Palestinians to Israeli Jews.

Gaza, which Israel now considers “hostile” rather than occupied territory, provides the prototype of what the Israeli Government may have in mind for  Palestinian “independence.”  Confronted with this scenario and with a settlement that would require Palestinians and their leaders to give up title to  significant parts of the West Bank, how do Israelis and Palestinians who seek peace and justice go forward?  That is the question this conference will seek to answer with an exploration of the one state solution as an emergent and increasingly important option for all.



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