January 27, 2010

Palestine and the left - a weekend conference at SOAS

Weekend Conference
27-28 February 2010, School of Oriental and African Studies, London Brunei Gallery
Organized by SOAS Palestine Society
and hosted by the London Middle East Institute
Please note SEATS ARE LIMITED – book in advance
Price: £30 (£20 concessions, and £40 organisations)
All tickets include lunch and refreshments
To buy your tickets:
By cheque
Send cheque payable to SOAS Palestine Society with attached note of email address to
SOAS Palestine Society
Thornhaugh Street
London , WC1H 0XG
Day One: Saturday, 27th February
Registration and Refreshments (9:00-9:30)
Opening: Azmi Bishara (Former Knesset member in exile, writer and political leader)
Speech delivered via video (9:30-10:00)
Session One: The Left in British-Mandate Palestine
Chair: John Rose (SWP activist and independent researcher, London )
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Musa Budeiri ( Birzeit University )
The Last Colonial Venture: Communists, Nationalists and Settlers in Palestine

Ilan Pappe ( Exeter University )
The Contradiction of the Zionist Left in the Mandate Era

Leena Dallasheh ( New York University )
Nazarene Labour Mobilization in Late Mandate Palestine

Coffee, Tea and Refreshments (11:45-12:00)
Session Two: The Left of the PLO-in-exile

Chair: Laleh Khalili ( School of Oriental and African Studies)

Leila Khaled (PFLP, Member of the Palestinian National Council)
The Left’s Social Mobilization in the Refugee Camps*
*presentation via video

Jamil Hilal (Independent Researcher, Ramallah)
The Shaping of the Palestinian Left
Gilbert Achcar ( School of Oriental and African Studies)
Strategic Deficiencies of the PLO Left
LUNCH (13:30-2:15)

Session Three: The Left of the PLO - West Bank and Gaza Strip(2:15-4:15)

Chair: Dina Matar ( School of Oriental and African Studies)

Muhammad Jaradat (Campaign Unit Coordinator for BADIL)
The Left’s Lessons from the First Intifada
Toufic Haddad (Researcher for BADIL and Journalist)
The Left in the Post-Oslo Era

Aitemad Muhanna ( Swansea University )
The Rise of Hamas, the Fall of Leftist Ideology?
Jamal Juma (Coordinator for Stop the Wall Campaign)
The Current Situation of the Left in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
Coffee, Tea and Refreshments (16:15-16:30)
Session Four: The Palestinian Left in the Israeli State
Chair: Bashir Abu-Manneh ( Barnard College )

Areen Hawari (Co-founder of Tajamu and former member of its Politburo)
Balad (Tajamu): Democracy Confronts Zionism
Aida Touma-Sliman (Head of the International Relations Department, Communist Party of Israel )
Title tbc
Ahmad Sa’di ( Ben Gurion University *)
Communism and Zionism: A Troubled Legacy
*speaking in his personal capacity

Day Two: Sunday, 28th February
Registration and Refreshments (10:30-11:00)

Session Five: The Israeli Anti-Zionist Left
Chair: Nira Yuval-Davis ( University of East London )

Moshe Machover ( Kings College , London )
Israeli Socialism and Anti-Zionism: Historical Tasks and Balance Sheet

Sami Shalom Chetrit ( Queens College , CUNY)
The Zionist Left, the Anti-Zionist Left and the Fanatic Extremist Zionist Mizrahim in Israel
(Who Really Invaded, Occupied, and Enslaved Palestine ?)
Michael Warschawski ( Alternative Information Center )
From Matzpen to Anarchists Against the Wall: Continuation and Ruptures

Adar Grayevsky (Anarchists Against the Wall)
From Tel Aviv to Bil’in: The Israeli Radical Left Joins the Palestinian Popular Struggle
Lunch (13:15-14:00)

Session Six: The Palestinian Left in Literature (14:00-15:45)
Chair: Wen-Chin Ouyang ( School of Oriental and African Studies)

Suheir Daoud (Coastal Carolina University )
Literature as Resistance
Sabry Hafez ( School of Oriental and African Studies)
Constructing Identity, Re-Claiming the Land: Palestinian Poetry debunks the Zionist Myth
Bashir Abu-Manneh ( Barnard College )
Kanafani's Revolutionary Morality
Coffee, Tea and Refreshments (15:45-16:00)

Session Seven - Roundtable Discussion: Towards a New Left Programme for the Palestinian Struggle
Chair: Gilbert Achcar
Aida Touma-Sliman, Areen Hawari, Jamal Juma, Jamil Hilal and Muhammad Jaradat


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