Date/Time: 19/04/2011 12:00 am
This event is organized by Alwan our co-residents at 16 Beaver
Tue, April 19, 2011 8:00 pm
A Conversation Between Raja Shehadeh and Norman Finkelstein
Free and Open to the Public
Sponsored by OR Books and presented by Guernica Magazine
Re-imagining Palestine in the new configuration of the Arab world is topical to our perception of the future of the region and the world at large. Unprecedented changes have swept across the political, social and cultural landscape of the Arab world over these last several months – changes that are bound to impact not merely the region but the machination of world politics. Palestine is pivotal to the Arab world’s sense of self and cultural identity. It has always been at the core of the Arab people’s revolt against proxy colonialism and their collective disdain for regimes from Morocco to Yemen.
Raja Shehadeh and Norman Finkelstein, both authors and scholars, are at the forefront of these debates, and whose conversation will better our understanding of the role Palestine will play, its impact and how the conflict itself will be impacted in these challenging times.
Raja Shehadeh is the author of A Rift in Time: Travels With My Ottoman Uncle (OR Books, 2011). He has also written Palestinian Walks, for which he won the 2008 Orwell Prize, and Strangers in the House, described by the Economist as “distinctive and truly impressive.” Shehadeh trained as a barrister in London and is a founder of the human rights organization Al-Haq. He lives in Ramallah, on the West Bank.
Norman G. Finkelstein is most recently the author of This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion (OR Books, 2011, expanded paperback edition). He is the author of five more books which have been translated into more than 40 foreign editions: Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History; The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering; Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict; with Ruth Bettina Birn, A Nation on Trial: The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth ; and The Rise and Fall of Palestine: A Personal Account of the Intifada Years.