Last Update on the 10th Jan. 2013 -An international conference looking at Britain’s legacy in Palestine is being organized by The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC).
It will coincide with the fourth Palestine Memorial Week, from 19th-25th Jan 2013, and be the formal launching pad for International Balfour Campaign, which is a five year initiative by the PRC to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration in 2017.
The Balfour campaign intends to raise greater awareness of Britain’s failed policy in Palestine and its devastating consequences. Thousands of Palestinians who suffered under British administration are still alive and many millions continue to endure terrible human rights abuse as a result of Britain’s failed policy in the region.
The conference, Britain’s Legacy in Palestine, is scheduled for Saturday 19 January 2013, from 9:30am to 17:00 PM at Friends House, 173 Euston Road London NW1 2BJ.
The following sessions and speakers are confirmed:
The conference will be inaugurated by Prof Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Mohamad al Hamid of PRC and a number of MPs.
Session 1: Roots of the Balfour Declaration The Theological and Ideological Roots of the Belfour Declaration (Rev Dr Steven Sizer) British Policy in Palestine (Dr Ghada Karmi)
Session 2: Legacy of the Balfour DeclarationReversing the Political Zionist interpretation of Britain’s Colonial Legacy In Palestine (Uri Davies) America carrying the Baton of colonization from Britain (Alison Weir)
Session 3: Reversing Britain’s LegacyPalestinians in the diaspora, why they must become engaged? (Alan Hart) Saying Sorry, Why it Matters (John Bond)
Session 4: Significance of Mau Mau to PalestineImplications of the Mau Mau case for Palestinians (Martin Linton) The Legal framework of the Mau Mau Case, how Palestinians can utile this legal precedent. (Sabbah Al Mukhtar) Confirmed Speakers: - Prof Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian Ambassador to the UK - Dr Uri Davies (Academic and a civil rights activist) - Dr. Alison Weir, Journalist and Activist, Director of If Americans Knew - Alan Hart. Renowned British Journalist and author - John Bond (British Australian activist who lead the Australian national sorry campaign) - Mohammed Othman (Palestinian civil right activist freed from Israeli detention after international campaign) - Rev Dr Stephen Sizer (British Author Activist and Incumbent of the Anglican Parish of Christ Church) - Former British MP, Martin Linton, - Maria Holt, Senior Lecturer in the Democracy and Islam Program at Westminster University - Mohammad Al Hamid, Head of PRC Board of Trustees - Ibrahim Hewit, Journalist and Activist - Dr Ghada Karmi, Writer/Academic and Activist - Daud Abdullah, Director of Middle East Media Mentoring (MEMO) - Sabah Al Mokhtar, President of Arab Lawyer Association
The memorial week will include a number of events across different universities in the UK, including the University of Greenwich, Imperial College, Kings College and Brunel University. A film screening highlighting the plight of Palestinian Refugees from Iraq titled, “Displaced in Diaspora” will be shown on 25 January 2013 from 6:30PM to 9:00PM in the presence of film critics and representatives of Aljazeera News Network.
Venue for the screening is: Hend House, 233 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EH