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Palestine and Israel – Britain’s role, then and now

Tuesday 17th March 2020 at 6:30pm in Dundee

An event jointly organised by Balfour Project and Dundee-Nablus Twinning Association

Event postponed

We must sadly confirm that, after consultation, this event (planned for Tuesday 17th March) has been postponed due to Covid-19 concerns. While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our attendees and community very seriously. We will reschedule after the summer.

The Dundee-Nablus Twinining Association and The Balfour Project are very disappointed and hope you will see everyone later in the year.

In the 1917 Balfour Declaration the British Government stated its support for a Jewish homeland in what was then Palestine and is now the State of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

A month later British Empire troops defeated the Turks in Palestine. After the war Britain acquired the Mandate (legal power) to govern Palestine, and did so until 1948, playing a key part in the birth of Israel.

What responsible position should Britain – Government and civil society – take today on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians? Work to uphold international law and advance equal rights for all between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River? Recognise the state of Palestine? Go along with President Trump’s ‘deal of the century’? What should Britain do if Israel’s Government annexes to Israel the occupied Palestinian Jordan Valley?

Britain’s past role in Palestine still matters today

The speakers These questions will be discussed by:

Dr Peter Shambrook – a British historian of the French and British Mandates; author French Imperialism in Syria 1927-36, and Historical Consultant to the Balfour Project

Dr Ghada Karmi – a Palestinian academic and writer. She lectured for many years on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the University of Exeter

Sir Vincent Fean – British Consul-General, Jerusalem (2010-14) responsible locally for British Government/Palestinian relations; now chair of trustees, Balfour Project

Their remarks will be followed by panel discussion and audience questions.

Tuesday 17th March
Dalhousie Lecture Theatre 4
University of Dundee, Old Hawkhill
Admission free, refreshments

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Organised by Balfour Project and Dundee-Nablus Twinning Association. Thanks to the University of Dundee for hosting and supporting this event.

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