Tuesday, 23. November 2010, 12:00 – 20:30
Albert-Schweitzer-Haus, Schwarzspanierstraße 13, 1090 Vienna
Mustafa Barghouti, Palestinian National Initiative
Perspectives on State Formation in Palestine – a Road to a Failed (Non-)State?
Ronit Lentin, Trinity College Dublin
Raphael Cohen-Almagor, University of Hull
Gilbert Achcar, University of London
A viable Palestinian State, Two-State-Solution, One-State-Solution – Where to go?
Arab and European Perspectives
Hesham Youssef, League of Arab States
Luisa Morgantini, Former Member of the European Parliament
Ursula Plassnik, Member of the Austrian Parliament
Discussant: Ronit Lentin , Trinity College Dublin
After the inauguration of President Barack Obama the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of a two-state solution seemed sizeable for a short moment. In the meantime this overly optimistic assessment has now given way to wide disappointment. Given the still unresolved problems of the conflict - such as Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, the controversial role of East Jerusalem or the political separation between Gaza and the West Bank - solutions appear more distant than ever.
With this conference the VIDC continues its series of differentiated confrontation with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. According to the previous contributions of NGO activists, academics and representatives of international organizations on gender relations and international donor policies this conference will now discuss political concepts of possible solutions. Essential questions are: What would a possible Palestinian statehood in the current situation mean? To what extent has the idea of a two-state solution become obsolete? What alternative political concepts are in discussion?
The aim of the conference is to bring different political views together with scientific analyses in order to create a (thinking) space, as the previous conference did: Developing new perspectives beyond war and crisis.