Time: November 6, 2011 from 8pm to 9:30pm
Location: MEPEACE Chat (http://www.mepeace.org/chat)
Event Type: mepeace, chat, workshop, un, prospects, palestine, israel, gaddafi, shalit, unesco, peace, change, transition
Organized By: The MEPEACE Team
Latest Activity: Oct 21, 2012
Event link: http://mepeace.org/events/mepeace-chat-november-6
You are cordially invited to take part in the second of three workshops of our Chat Workshop series 'After September - The Prospects of Palestine'. The workshop will begin on Sunday, November 6 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, two 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. This time, in our second workshop, titled 'Recent Developments after September - Implications for the Future of Israel and Palestine', we will discuss how several quite dramatic events (which happened very recently) affect the development that started in September.
In particular, we will look at the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal, the death of Gaddafi/first free elections in an 'Arab Spring' country, and the recognition of Palestine by UNESCO (and its consequences). We will evaluate in what ways each of these events could be useful or not so useful for the future accomplishment of peace in the region.
The leading questions for the workshop are:
In what ways does the 'Shalit deal' affect the political development in the Middle East?
How do the death of Gaddafi (and, related to that, the start of the hopefully democratic transition of Libya), and the first democratic elections in an 'Arab Spring' country (Tunisia) affect the probability of peaceful change in Israel and Palestine?
How do you evaluate the significance of the recent recognition of Palestine by UNESCO?
Please note that the event will start on Sunday, November 6 at 20.00 Jerusalem time, in the MEPEACE Chat.