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Date/Time: 17/11/2007 12:00 am

To Whom It May Concern:
We would like to draw your attention to an innovative approach to the
resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Challenging the Boundaries:
A Single State in Palestine/Israel will be explicitly addressing the
fundamental causes of the conflict by examining an idea that is generating
more widespread interest than ever – a single state for all in the area.
The idea of a single state in Palestine/Israel has been around for decades.
The idea is now gaining more currency, with the failure of previous
political processes to address the conflict’s underlying tensions. An
alternative to the exclusivist ideologies that are bound to perpetuate
suffering in the region is desperately needed – and is on offer from
disparate groups in Israel, Palestine and the rest of the world.
We are an informal group associated with the Palestinian Society of the
School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), dedicated to
promoting the idea of a single state as a feasible and achievable option to
the status quo. Challenging the Boundaries will bring together academics and
activists from Palestine and Israel to discuss the idea in public, for the
first time in London.
The involvement of the international NGO community / European diplomatic
community / International diplomatic community is a key to the success of
open debate about a single state in Israel/Palestine. To that end, we would
like to invite a representative from your office / group / organisation to
attend the conference. We are confident that your presence and participation
will contribute to the debate and advancement of the idea.
If you will be able to join us or you are willing to support us, please see
details attached. We also ask that you help spread the word of this
conference as widely as possible. We look forward to receiving you in
One State London Group

Apologies for cross-multiple postings…
Challenging the Boundaries: A Single State in Palestine/Israel
London, 17/18 November 2007 | The Brunei Gallery – SOAS – University of
Conference Program
Saturday, 17th of November 2007
9:00-9:30 AM
*Registration* SOAS Brunei Gallery, Lobby
9:30-9:45 AM
*Opening Statement *SOAS Brunei Gallery
*Nur Masalha,* University of Surrey, Reader in Religion and Politics and
Director of the Centre for Religion and History and of the Holy Land
Research Project at Saint Mary’s College,
9:45-11:45 AM
*PANEL I: Why one state?
*Panel Chair: *Ghada Karmi,* University of Exeter, Author of *In Search of
Fatima: A Palestinian Story (2002) *and *Married* *to another Man: Israel’s
Dilemma in Palestine (2007)
**The historical roots of the One State idea
Ilan Pappé,* University of Exeter, Author of *The Modern Middle East (2005)
*and *The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006)
**A matter of immediate urgency, not a distant utopia
Joseph Massad,* Columbia University, Author of *The Persistence of
the* *Palestinian
Question: Essays on Zionism an the Palestinians (2006)* and *Desiring Arabs
*The state of the One-State Idea
Ali Abunimah,* Co-founder of Electronic Intifada, Author of *One Country: A
Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse (2006)
11:45-12:00 AM
*Tea Break
*12:00-13:30 PM
*PANEL II: Mapping the geopolitical landscape: past, present and future
*Panel Chair: *Haim Bresheeth,* University of East London, Chair of Media
and Cultural Studies
*Leaving the Cake Whole
Ghazi Falah,* University of Akron, Ohio, Co-editor of *Geographies of Muslim
Women: Gender, Religion, and Space (2005) *and Author of *Galilee and the
Judaization Plans (in Arabic, 1993)
*Local politics: the one state and the Palestinians
As’ad Ghanem,* University of Haifa, Author of *The Palestinian-Arab Minority
in Israel, 1948-2000: A Political Study (2001)* and *The Palestinian Regime:
A “Partial Democracy” (2002)
*Frequently raised objections to the one-state solution: reviewing and
assessing the opposition
Ghada Karmi,* University of Exeter
*With an eye to the future
Leila Farsakh,* University of Massachusetts Boston, Author of Palestinian
Labor Migration to
Israel: Labor, Land and Occupation (2005), and editor of Commemorating the
Naqbe (2007).
13:30-14:30 PM
*Lunch Break
*14:30-16:00 PM
*PANEL III (Presentations): Land, Citizenship, and Identity: Rethinking the
*Panel Chair: *Leila Farsakh, *University of Massachusetts, Boston
*Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin,* Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Author of *The
Censor, the Editor, and the Text: The Catholic Church and the Shaping of the
Jewish Canon in the Sixteenth Century (2007)
*Nadim Rouhana,* George Mason University, Author of *Palestinian Citizens in
an Ethnic Jewish State: Identities in Conflict (1997)
*Omar Barghouti,* Political Activist, Co-founder of the Palestinian Campaign
for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)
*Tikva Honig-Parnass,* Political Activist, Co-author of *Between the Lines:
Readings on Israel, the Palestinians, and the U.S. “War on Terror” (2007)
16:00-16:15 PM
*Tea Break
*16:15-18:00 PM
*PANEL III (Discussion): Land, Citizenship, and Identity:* *Rethinking the
*Panel Chair: *Leila Farsakh *University of Massachusetts, Boston
Sunday, 18th of November 2007
10:30-12:30 PM
*PANEL IV: Looking at the past, rethinking the future**
*Panel Chair: *Ali Abunimah
*Drawing lessons from the case of South Africa
Louise Bethlehem,* Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Co-editor of *South Africa
in the Global Imaginary (2005) *and *Violence and Non-Violence in Africa
*Northern Ireland: power sharing in a divided society
Kathleen O’Connell,* Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
**Lebanon: the “re-unification”
Gilbert Achcar,* SOAS, Co-author of *Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S.
Foreign Policy (2007) *and *The 33-Day War: Israel’s War on Hezbollah in
Lebanon and its Consequences (2007)*, Author of *The Clash of Barbarisms:
The Making of the New World Disorder (2006)
*India – Pakistan: the partition
Sumantra Bose,* London School of Economics, Author of *Kashmir:* *The Roots
of Conflict, Paths to Peace (2003) *and *Contested Lands: Israel-Palestine,
Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus and Sri Lanka (2007)
12:30-13:30 PM
*Lunch Break
*13:30-16:00 PM
*PANEL V: One state from within civil society social movements, and
grassroots activism
*Panel Chair: *Omar Barghouti
The lived experience and stories of the invited activists will portray the
current public mood in regards to the One-State option, and point at both
the difficulties and the opportunities for promoting this line of thought
among the various social movements and civil society organizations that are
operating within the different communities. This mosaic of personal accounts
and observations will provide the foundation for the following discussion
about ‘the way forward’.
**Haidar Eid,* Al-Quds University Gaza, Co-founder of One-State Group in
*Eitan Bronstein,* Political Activist, Zochorot (“Remebering”),
*Eyal Sivan,* University of East London, Film Director of *The Specialist
(1999)* and *Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel (2004)
*Yousef Faker el Deen,* Political Activist, Co-founder of Ajras Al-Awda
(“Bells of Return”), Damascus
*Rajaa Omari,* Political Activist, Founder of Natrinkum (“We are waiting for
you”), Haifa
*16:00-16:15 PM
*Tea Break
*16:15-18:00 PM
*PANEL VI: The way forward
*A roundtable with several participants of the conference will discuss the
necessary immediate actions required for advancing the discussion about
alternatives to the two-state paradigm, and for developing the One-State
idea into a meaningful political agenda
General Information
*30 £* (includes lunches, coffee, tea and biscuits)
*20 £* Concession (includes lunches, coffee, tea and biscuits)
*25 £** *(Those who wont be able to attend the conference but are still
willing to support this initiative have the option of buying a symbolic
ticket. As a proof of gratitude we will deliver a DVD with video and audio
of the conference proceedings)
Registration (please note that SEATS ARE LIMITED book in advance):
*by email: bookings@onestate.net
by bank transfer: *request detail bank information at* bookings@onestate.net
**by PAYPAL: ***follow the procedures at* www.onestate.net****
* **by cheque payable:* send cheque payable to ONE STATE GROUP
Please post your cheque with attached note of email address to
C/O SOAS Palestine Society
Thornhaugh Street
London WC1H 0XG
*SOAS Brunei Gallery
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London, WC1H 0XG
*Coming from the airport -* From Heathrow Airport, it is possible to get to
Russell Square on the Piccadilly Line (journey time about 45 minutes). There
is a rail service from Gatwick to King’s Cross and Victoria Stations.
*by underground -* The nearest underground stations are Russell Square
(Piccadilly Line), Goodge Street (Northern Line), Tottenham Court Road
(Central and Northern Lines), and Euston Square (Circle, Metropolitan and
Hammersmith & City Lines).
*by rail -* Euston, St. Pancras and King’s Cross mainline stations are all
within walking distance. It is about fifteen minutes by taxi to the Channel
Tunnel Rail Terminus at Waterloo.
*by bus -* There are regular bus services to Russell Square, including a
service to and from Heathrow Airport by Airbus.
*by road -* Limited metered parking is available in the streets near the
Brunei Gallery. There are public car parks in Bedford Way, Woburn
Place/Coram Street, and Marchmont Street.
*For bus and underground information* you can also see the London Transport
website at: www.transportforlondon.gov.uk
*For a detailed map* on how to get there see the Brunei Gallery website at:
Contact Info:
*+44(0)77 33 235 760
Web Site:
*One State London Group*
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