MEPEACE Chat - November 20

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MEPEACE Chat - November 20

Time: November 20, 2011 from 8pm to 9:30pm
Location: MEPEACE Chat (
Event Type: mepeace, chat, workshop, palestine, september, balance, israel, live, discussion
Organized By: The MEPEACE Team
Latest Activity: Jan 22, 2012

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You are cordially invited to take part in the third and last of three workshops in our Chat Workshop series 'After September - The Prospects of Palestine'. The workshop will begin on Sunday, November 20 at 20.00 Jerusalem time in the MEPEACE Chat.

In the Middle East, turbulent weeks and months lie behind us. The Arab Spring took us by surprise, and, even without being an accomplished process yet, has already changed realities in the region. Some weeks ago, in New York - some may regard it as having a direct connection to the mentioned upheavals in the Arab world - Mahmoud Abbas handed a paper to UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon. With this paper, Abbas, on behalf of his people, asked the United Nations for official recognition of the Palestinian state.


What was this? What significance has the September UN General Assembly gathering? A milestone, or a mere footnote? Or something inbetween?


In the first workshop, four weeks ago, we've discussed (see also our full transcript of this lively workshop) the significance of the UN speeches, held by the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, respectively. Then, two weeks ago, we had a close look at some very recent events that have influenced the political and social environment of the Middle East (full transcript). This time, in our third workshop, titled 'Striving for balance - How can help to build a peaceful future for Israel AND Palestine', we will discuss what our role as peacemakers on in this new unstable situation can and must be. We will discuss why balance is necessary for peace. Furthermore, let's analyze what each of us can do here to create a future in peace.


The leading questions are:


Why is it so hard to evaluate political/social events in the Middle East in a balanced way?


How can we - as peacemakers on - build a discussion environment that takes into account the hopes, fears and worries of all involved parties?


What are the main challenges for in this new, unstable environment, shaped by the still uncertain outcomes of the 'Arab Spring' and other factors?




Please note that the event will start on Sunday, November 20 at 20.00 Jerusalem time, in the MEPEACE Chat.

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