26 April, 18:30 – 20:30, Rm 4421, SOAS Main Building
April 26 marks the Hebrew Calendar memorialisation of the Israeli Independence and the Nakba. As a key founding moment of the conflict, this day rouses some of the most contentious debates for members of Israeli, Palestinian and global activist communities, regarding how to engage with and make room for one another’s identity, participation, responsibility and experience of the conflict. On this day more than others, it seems we are forced to question whether in recognizing the identity and victimhood of others, do we necessarily negate our own?
On the 26th of April, we are inviting you to a discussion that will focus not only on Israeli and Palestinian responses to their opposing memorialisation of 1948, but how each of us, as activists, academics, Jews and non-Jews, Israelis, Palestinians, and so on, engage with the conflict, reflect on our right to critique and mobilize against it, and balance our beliefs about the existence of the state of Israel with the right of Palestinians to self-determination, return and equality. And in this way, develop a set of thoughts and strategies for finding space for multiple identities, memories and victimizations, as opposed to the “zero-sum” expectations of both Israeli and Palestinian discourses.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
First meeting: 12 March, 7pm in RM 4418
Thursday 15 March, 7-9 pm, SOAS, RM 4421
On Monday 30 January 2012, SOAS Israel Society held its launch event. To a packed Khalili lecture theatre, ISSOC asked the question – Is BDS Working?
Watch the discussion below. With thanks to Isabeau Doucet for the film work and editing!
Three exciting events will be taking place in February showcasing Israeli and non-Israeli Jewish talent.
24-26th May 2012, Department of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield
The Bible has played a fundamental role in the creation and existence of the modern state of Israel, and, some say, in the continued suffering of the Palestinian people.
Thursday 19th January 2012, 7.30 pm, Ayalim UK House
All countries struggle to integrate minorities, but what are the specific challenges facing Israel?