This talk will review the origins of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the reasons why the international effort for a two-state solution based on the Oslo agreement of 1993 has failed. The causes for the failure of Oslo are largely in the agreement itself: the difficult issues were all postponed to a later date and, crucially, there was no prohibition on Israel continuing to expand its settlements. The settlement project may now have gone beyond the point of no return, removing the possibility of a meaningful Palestinian state. Paradoxically, this opens the door for more radical solutions to be considered. The speaker will outline the ethical and practical case for a single binational state in Israel/Palestine with equal rights for both peoples.
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We run a charity wine bar the profits of which will be donated to David’s chosen charity is: Medical Aid for Palestine https://www.map.org.uk
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David Turner is Emeritus Professor of Computation at the University of Kent. He has a long-standing interest in the Israel/Palestine conflict, which he has been following since 1968. He is a signatory of Independent Jewish Voices and of Jews for Justice for Palestinians. David serves on the executive of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (UK), an Israeli-founded human rights organisation which campaigns against the removal of Palestinians from their homes.