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Meretz UK is proud to announce a meeting for 11 September 2011

Will Palestinian statehood benefit Israel or threaten it?

With special guest speaker Ahlam Akram
London-based Nablus-born human rights and peace activist

  • Date and time: 8pm, 11 Sept
  • Location: Hashomer House
  • Entrance: £5 or £4 members plus concessions
On 13 September 1993 Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat and Bill Clinton signed the Declaration of Principles on the White House Lawn [see picture]. The resultant Oslo peace process was meant to end the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. History has proven otherwise. Frustrated by lack of progress, PA President Mahmoud Abbas will ask the United Nations General Assembly to approve Palestinian independence on 20 September this year - fully 18 years after the White House signing.

Israel and America are firmly oppposed to this move. But could both Palestinians and Israelis gain if the UNGA votes "yes", as expected? Or might "the events of September" mark yet another setback in the quest for peace?

With her firsthand knowledge of Palestinian politics, her long experience working with Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs, her close acquaintance with British political affairs, and her many articles in the Arab press, Mrs Akram is well placed to raise some challenging questions - and provide a few thought-provoking answers!

More information may follow - so watch this space