Does Israel fear peace? Reflections on the failures of international law and human rights, and on sources of hope.
The 1990s witnessed a number of hopeful events, including the fall of apartheid and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The same decade ushered in the seemingly eternal “interim agreements” between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization which allowed, as many now understand, Israel to continue its occupation of Palestine under another name. In this lecture, I ask why the resolution of long-standing injustices elsewhere failed to inspire the Israeli government to end the occupation of the Palestinian territories and crucially, what Israel has to fear in a lasting peace.
I explore the multiple failures of the media and those frameworks for justice – particularly international law and human rights - in ending the occupation and resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict and its implications for the devastating regional conflicts we witness today.
And I attempt to answer another crucial question: where can we find sources for hope as we approach the fiftieth anniversary of the occupation?
Raja Shehadeh is a writer and a lawyer who founded the pioneering Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq. Shehadeh is the author of several acclaimed books including Strangers in the House, Occupation Diaries, Language of War, Language of Peace and Palestinian Walks which won the 2008 Orwell Prize. He lives in Ramallah, Palestine. His latest book, Where the Line is Drawn, Crossing Boundaries in Occupied Palestine will be published in Spring 2017.
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