18 Nov | London | From Balfour To Boris Johnson
From Balfour To Boris Johnson - Exposing and Reversing Britain's Role in the Oppression of Palestine
Mon 18 Nov | 18:15 - 20:45
Organised by: Palestine Community Foundation
Just over a hundred years ago this month, Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour avowed British support for the Zionist project of creating a national home for Jews in Palestine in a letter now known as the Balfour Declaration. In 2019 the results of this speak for themselves. Today, one million children live under Israel’s brutal siege in Gaza, millions in the West Bank have lived through five decades of brutal occupation and even more remain exiled as refugees in camps throughout the Middle East and fragmented around the world.
Rather than assist Palestinians in ratifying their own nation state, instead, Britain ensured the devastation of their homeland. But Britain’s role in the oppression of Palestinians did not begin and end in 1917, rather it continues to enable and perpetuate it right up to the present day. Through its unwavering commitment to maintaining a strong relationship with Israel in spite of repeated violations of international law through its violent occupation, regime of apartheid and settler-colonialism, Britain is more than simply a neutral observer of Palestinian suffering.
By continuing to trade arms with Israel, by allowing its weapons factories to operate on British soil, by refusing to recognise a Palestinian state, by refusing to condemn Israel on the international stage of the United Nations and by running a domestic Prevent programme which intimidates critics of Israel from speaking out, Britain remains up to its neck in enabling Palestinian suffering.
Hear internationally renowned historian Professor Ilan Pappé address the audience as keynote speaker as well as from our wonderful panellists as they expose Britain’s historical and contemporary role in enabling Palestinian suffering.
And at this crucial juncture, when the need for collective action has never been greater and on the brink of a potential general election, hear how activists, campaigners and politicians alike are planning and already attempting to destabilise Britain’s structural colonial legacy which continues to enable the oppression of Palestinians.
It is vital we continue to keep the Palestinian cause alive in political conversation. Join us for this important event.
Professor Ilan Pappé – Renowned Israeli historian and author of many books including The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006), On Palestine with Professor Noam Chomsky (2015) and most recently The Biggest Prison on Earth: The History of the Israeli Occupation (2016)
Salma Karmi-Ayyoub – Criminal barrister and external consultant for the Palestinian human rights organisation Al Haq
Adie Mormech – Human rights advocate previously teaching English and lecturing in the Gaza Strip. Now leading Manchester Palestine Action’s occupation of Israeli arms company’s Elbit Ferranti factory in Oldham
Shabbir Lakha – Officer at Stop the War Coalition and campaigner at the People’s Assembly
The event will be chaired by the brilliant Latifa Abouchakra, a teacher, public speaker and International Officer at the National Education Union.