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 parameters has failed and seems likely to continue to fail.
The causes for the failure of Oslo were largely inherent in the agreement itself: the difficult issues were all postponed to a later stage 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.
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. 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.
Doors 10.30. Start 11.00
Entry £3, £2 concessions. (free to Conway Hall Ethical Society members)
Brockway Room (Ground floor – accessible. Induction loop audio).
Tea, coffee & biscuits will be available.