MEPEACE Chat - Jan 2

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MEPEACE Chat - Jan 2

Time: January 2, 2011 from 8pm to 9:30pm
Location: MEPEACE Chat (
Event Type: chat, chat workshop, live chat, live discussion, jan 2, palestinian state, institutions, fayad, salam, independence, occupation, two-state solution
Organized By: Dialogue Team
Latest Activity: Jan 1, 2011

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We're proud to invite you to the start of a new series of three Chat Workshops on!


After our successful series on 'The Jewish State', several members have suggested we should follow this up with a series on a (future) 'Palestinian State'. In our previous Online Peace Talks events we have already discussed that issue to an extent - the Chat Workshop environment, however, gives us the opportunity to discuss a future Palestinian state in a more constructive and organized way.


While the Israelis already have their state, the Palestinians still dream of their own independent realm. By many, a two-state solution is seen as the only viable perspective for peaceful co-existence. Although the Palestinians are currently successfully building the framework that will enable them to govern an independent state soon, there are still questions as to whether the Palestinian citizens are really ready to accept the 'State of the Jews' as their neighbour, and, additionally, whether a way can be found to unify the Palestinians (unify the Fatah-led West Bank and the Hamas-led Gaza Strip) in the near future. Furthermore, would the end of the occupation also involve the end of Jewish settlements?


There is thus a lot to discuss and that's why we now look forward to the first Chat Workshop of our new series on

'A Palestinian State ? - Vision and Reality'.


The workshop is called 'The Dream of a State - The Palestinians and their long way to independence' - and the leading questions are the following:


How has the occupation accelerated the Palestinians' ambitions towards a state?


What steps towards independence have already been taken and how could they be evaluated? How would you rate Salam Fayad's (the Palestinian prime minister's) ongoing efforts to build stable state institutions?


How important is it for the Palestinians to have a state of their own?




Please note that the event will start on Sunday, 02 January at 20.00 Jerusalem time, in the MEPEACE Chat.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please don't hesitate to contact us at

We are looking forward to your participation! Dialogue Team
Çiğdem Yılmazer, Clara Singer, Tanya Kasim, Rachel Abramovitz & Oliver Haack


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Comment by Oliver Haack on December 31, 2010 at 11:17am

Hello Archana,


the event is will be at 20.00 Jerusalem local time, i.e. GMT + 2 hours.


Looking forward to your participation (hopefully) :) Meanwhile, have a good flight..

Comment by Archana Gupta on December 31, 2010 at 3:02am

Hello Oliver


I will be flying back from Tel Aviv on Sunday January 2nd at night.  The event time is in which zone/  Based on that it may or may not work for me.


lool forward to hearing from you.



Comment by Stewart Mills on December 30, 2010 at 2:21pm

I truly understand why people think of Israel as the 'State of the Jews'.  I realise the arguments for self-determination of the Jewish community, the arguments of 'Never again', however, I am deeply concerned at the danger of limiting Israel as an abstract concept to the 'State of the Jews'.  Just like I would be shocked if Palestine was limited to the State of Palestinian Muslims (which it is obviously not).  Both Israel and Palestine are multinational-multiethnic states (defacto or dejure alike).  Liberal democracies teach us that our best strength is our diveristy and our respect for it.  Both Israel and Palestine alike will be more unstable by trying to force people to fit into a particular nationalistic mould.  I say yes to Israel as respecting the various traditions that are a part of the land; and the same for the dejure state of Palestine; and no to narrow (and toxic) constructions of a people - on which ever side of the border.



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