An End to Occupation, A Just Peace in Israel-Palestine:
The Role of Academia
June 18th and 19th, 2003
Wars sometimes offer an opportunity for change, but often do so at the expense of the weak. This banal truth holds for Israeli-Palestinian affairs no less than for anything else. In the aftermath of the Iraq war, and faced with new and staggering forms of Israeli violence towards Palestinians in the occupied territories, we call on academics worldwide to join in an effort to make a difference. A number of times after WW-II, campuses have been pivotal in campaigning against violence, oppression and ethnic injustice. Can this be taken up again regarding Palestinians and Israelis?
1. To learn about the current situation in Israel-Palestine and think together about the role of universities in opposing the violation of human rights in the occupied territories and in bringing an end to occupation.
2. To establish a working network worldwide to promote the mobilization of faculty and students, acting towards an immediate end of Israeli occupation and in support of a just Palestinian -Israeli peace.
III. Provisional Program — Wednesday, June 18th
Kess Hamishpat Hall- Law Building
Registration and coffee- 10.00-10.30
A. Opening Keynote Address: Developments in US policy in the Middle East with special reference to the Road Map for peace. 10.30-11.30
Robert Malley — Washington DC
B. Reports from Israeli Groups Active in the Occupied Territories: 11.30-13.30
Physicians for Human Rights
Committee Against House Demolitions
Lunch break — 13.30-14.30
C. Mini symposium I: The problems involved in joint activities by Israeli and Palestinian academics. 14.30-16.00
Tamar Zelniker, Tel Aviv
Issam Nassar, Ramallah
Oren Yftach’el, Beer Sheva
Ghassan Abdullah, Ramallah
D. Keynote lecture: The Israeli policy in the occupied territories- A conceptual analysis. 16.00-17.00
Tanya Reinhart, Tel Aviv
E. Conference dinner — 19.00
Thursday, June 19th
Kess Hamishpat Hall- Law Building
Morning coffee- 9.00-9.30
F. Keynote lectures: The current situation in the occupied territories- 9.30-11.00
a. The Gaza Strip: Eyad el Sarraj, Gaza
b. The West Bank: Salim Tamari, Ramallah
G. Mini-symposium II: Academic boycott, divestment and other economic sanctions — 11.00-12.30
Rema Hamami, East Jerusalem
Ilan Pappe, Haifa
Eva Jablonka, Tel Aviv
Lawrence Davidson, West-Chester (Pennsylvania)
Neve Gordon, Beer Sheva
Lunch break 12.30-13.30
H. Action session: FFIPP and its scope: ideas, plans and the agenda for an Israeli branch- 13.30-14.30
Arnon Hadar, San Rafael
Anat Biletzki, Tel Aviv
Lev Grinberg, Beer Sheva
Yaakov Katriel, Haifa
I. Closing Keynote Address: The Middle East after the Iraq war. 14.30-15.30
Eric Rouleau, Paris
Closing coffee break
End of Conference
The conference will host and be hosted by the 2nd FFIPP delegation to Israel and the Occupied Territories. People outside of the Middle East who are interested in participating may join the FFIPP delegation (for details, see http://www.ffipp.org or write to Arnon Hadar)
Fee:vThere is no participation fee.
Location: The conference will be held on the Tel Aviv University campus. The site is within easy reach from anywhere in the greater TA area.
Invitations: We recommend that international participants arrange a personal invitation from Israeli colleagues in their field. Those who can not arrange this via their own contacts are welcome to write to one of the TAU Organizers.
Permits: Palestinians wishing to participate and requiring a permit, please write to Uri Hadar.