London session of Russell Tribunal. On the jury are Gianni Tognoni, Pr. Pierre Galand, Lord Anthony Gifford QC, Mairead Corrigan, John Dugard, Ambassador of France Stephane Hessel, Ronald Kasrils, Michael Mansfield QC, Cynthia McKinney. Original photo.Flickr
Though tickets for the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP), taking place in New York City, 6-7 October, have completely sold out, the event will be accessible to a far broader audience. A live video stream of the proceedings will be carried by Free Speech TV and on the Russell Tribunal’s Web site starting at 10am each morning and ending by 6pm.
In addition, volunteers (myself included), will be providing extensive real-time coverage via the RToP’s official Twitter feed, @RussellTribunal . An additional Twitter feed, @RToPLive, will be in place in the event that the primary account exceeds the threshold Twitter imposes for the maximum number of tweets in a set period, which can result in the temporary suspension of the account’s ability to tweet (AKA Twitter jail).
Participants in the Russell Tribunal’s New York City session include: Pink Floyd’s singer/songwriter Roger Waters, public intellectual Noam Chomsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, Israeli historian Ilan Pappé, Black civil rights icon Angela Davis and many others. The Electronic Intifada blogger Ben White also will be providing testimony.
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is an International People’s Tribunal launched in 2009 following Israel’s bloody assault on Gaza, bringing together legal experts, scholars, activists and other people of note to expose the reality of Israel’s 45-year-old military occupation and colonization of Palestinian land. Previous sessions have been held in Barcelona, London and Cape Town. Past hearings have addressed, respectively, European Union support for Israel, the complicity of corporations in the occupation of Palestine and the question of whether Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid.
The fourth session, to be held on October 6-7, 2012 in the Great Hall of New York City’s Cooper Union (7 East 7th Street, Manhattan), will be the final in the series.