Beilin, who represent the Meretz-Yachad Party, is a leading proponent of the peace process with Israel’s neighbours and especially the Palestinians. He initiated the secret channel of talks that resulted in the 1993 Oslo Accords and subsequently in late 1995 concluded a ‘non-paper’ of guidelines for a permanent status peace agreement with Palestinian leader Abu Mazen. Beilin headed the Israeli delegation to the multilateral peace process working groups from 1992-95 and was a negotiator at the Taba talks with the Palestinians in January 2001.
Ali Abunimah, co-founder of Electronic Intifada and the child of refugees and Dr Ilan Pappe, Israeli historian who teaches at Haifa University will speak against the motion. Ilan is considered one of the “New Historians” who have re-examined and hold controversial views of the history of Israel and of Zionism.
After years of being involved in the peace camp and talks, Pappe supported the boycott of Israel in 2005, including the academic boycott. According to Pappe, the reason for wanting the boycott is the “need to apply external pressure on Israel as the best means of ending the worst occupation in recent history.”