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International Conference: The Impact of World War One on Palestine

Palestinian Return Centre (PRC)

Saturday, 8 November 2014 at 09:30 - Sunday, 9 November 2014 at 16:00 (GMT)

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Al-Jazeera Centre for Studies (AJCS) and the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) will be hosting a joint conference in London. The International Conference on the Impact of the WWI on Palestine will take place on the 8th and 9thof November 2014.

About the Conference

Al-Jazeera Centre for Studies (AJCS) and the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) are pleased to host this unique joint conference in London. The conference coincides with the centenary of the First World War. It was during the War that the British government became instrumental in the Zionist project in Palestine by issuing the Balfour Declaration, which will be the background to many of the discussions at
the Conference.

Although these events took place up to a hundred years ago, an analysis of their consequences and significance can give rise to useful conclusions and recommendations in grappling with the Palestinian question as it exists today. This conference examines the impact of World War I on Palestine, starting with the role of the Ottoman Empire and the Zionist Movement.

It scrutinizes the various political agreements between different parties with an interest in the area, including the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the McMahon-Hussein Correspondence and the Balfour Declaration. Speakers explore the terms of the Peace Treaty as applied to Palestine, drawn up at the San Remo Conference and enshrined in the British Mandate, and analyse how British government support for Zionist aims, leading to the perception of a betrayal of the Palestinian right to self-determination, led to the emergence of a Palestine national movement in the 1920s and ‘30s, culminating in the Arab Revolt of 1936-9.

Conference Agenda/Speakers

 Day 1

Registration and Tea/Coffee reception: 9:00 –9:45

Opening Session: 9:45 to 10:30

 Conference Chair: Mr. Nasim Ahmed

»» Dr. Salah Eddin Elzein,
Director of the Al Jazeera Centre For Studies.
»» Dr.Yasin Aktay,
Professor of Applied Sociology.
»» HE Dr. Manuel Hassassian,
Palestinian Ambassador to the UK.
»» Mr. Majed Al Zeer,
Chairman, Palestinian Return Centre, Palestinians in Europe Conference.

 Session One: 10:40 to 12:00

 Palestine Before World War I

 Chair: Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian, POLIS - University of Cambridge.

 Topic 1: Palestine in the Legacy of Ottoman Empire.

 Speaker: Yasin Aktay, Professor of Applied Sociology.

 Topic 2: The Zionist Movement and its relations with the parties to the conflict.
(Germany, the Ottoman Empire and the Allies).
Speaker: Dr. Jafar Hadi Hassan, Academic in Semitic Languages and Jewish Studies

 Topic 3: Palestine and the Eastern Question.

 Speaker: Dr. Mahmoud O. Al Haddad, Professor of Modern Arab & Islamic History
at the University of Balamand.

 Q & A: 11:40 -12:00
Tea Break: 12:00 – 12:10

  Session Two:12:15 to 13:35

 Palestine during World War I

 Chair: Dr. Basheer Nafi, Senior Researcher at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies.
Topic 1: The strategic importance of Palestine for parties to the conflict.
Speaker: Mr. John Keay, Author of the ‘Sowing the Wind: the Seeds of Conflict in the
Middle East’.

Topic 2: Promises to Palestine: from Sykes-Picot to Balfour.
Speaker: Mr. Karl Sabbagh, British-Palestinian academic and author.

Topic 3: How WWI led to the Balfour Declaration.
Speaker: Dr Anthony Gorman, Senior lecturer in modern Middle Eastern history,
University of Edinburgh.

Q & A: 13:15 - 13:35
 Lunch Break: 13:35 – 14:35

  Session Three:14:40 to 16:00

 Palestine after World War I

 Chair: Tim Lewellyn, Journalist & former BBC presenter of Panorama.

Topic 1: Palestine from the San Remo Conference (1920) to the Mandate.
Speaker: Dr. Ghada Karmi, Academic and author.

Topic 2: The Role of the Mandate in empowering the Zionist Project for a Jewish State.
Speaker: Ms Lamis Andoni, Editor-In-Chief Al-Araby Al Jadeed - English

Topic 3: Struggling to Maintain the Mandate’s Iron Cage, 1930 – 1947
Speaker: Dr. Peter A Shambrook, Independent Historian and Author.

 Q & A: 15:40 - 16:00

 Tea Break: 16:00 – 16:10
 Closing Session: 16:15 – 17:30

 Conclusion and Recommendations
Speakers will be invited to the concluding panel for an open discussion with audience.

  Day 2

   Registration and Tea/Coffee reception: 9:00 –10:15

  Session One: 10:15 to 11:35

 Palestine and International Law Post WWI and WWII

 Chair: Ms. Anjum Layla Dean, Human rights activist, founder of Basic Human Rights

Topic 1: World War I and the Internationalization of the Palestinian Question
Speaker: Dr. Malath Al Agha, PhD in EU-Russia foreign policy towards the Middle
East and the Palestinian question – Exeter University

Topic 2: The establishment of Israel, and Palestinian refugees’ struggle for
protection and recognition under international law

 Speaker: Jeff Handmaker, LLM, PhD, senior lecturer in law, human rights and
development, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University (EUR)

Topic 3: How the outcomes of WWI & WWII gave immunity to Israel.
Speaker: Professor Gilbert Achcar, Professor of Development Studies and
International Relations, SOAS

Q & A: 11:15 - 11:35
Tea Break: 11:35 – 11:45

  Session Two: 11:50 - 13:10
The Future of Palestine 100 years after WWI

 Chair: Ms. Shivani Jegarajah, International human rights expert and activist on the
genocide of Tamils within Sri Lanka.

Topic 1: The developing stages of an International Community
stance on Palestine.
Speaker: Mr. Oliver Miles, Former British Ambassador to Libya, Middle East Expert.

Topic 2: A future Western stance on Palestine.
Speaker: Mark McDonald, Barrister at Chambers of Michael Mansfield Q.C,
and Labour Friends of Palestine co-founder

Topic 3: A Hundred Years of Palestinian Struggle: Lessons for Charting
the Future of Palestine.
Speaker: Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, Historian and Academic, Author of Palestine Atlas.

Q & A: 12:50 - 13:10
Lunch Break: 13:10 - 14:10


 Session Three: 14:10 - 14:55

 Palestine Retold Using the Latest Technology and Online Interactive Visual
Content across All Platforms - 2014 Al Jazeera Network Initiative.

Chair: Mr. Sameh Habeeb, Head of Media & Public Relation Department at
the Palestinian Return Centre.

Speaker: Dr. Arafat Shoukri, Manager of Corporate Relations & Communications Aljazeera
Media Network.

Speaker: Rawan Damen, Senior Producer and Director, Al Jazeera Network.

Speaker: Dr. Ezzeddine Abdelmoula, Manager of Research at Al Jazeera Centre for

Q & A: 15:00 - 16:00

Conclusion and Recommendations.
Speakers will be invited to the concluding panel for an open discussion with audience.

 Download Conference Programme/Agenda file click here..

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When & Where

Bryanston Street
W1H 7EH London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 8 November 2014 at 09:30 - Sunday, 9 November 2014 at 16:00 (GMT)

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Palestinian Return Centre (PRC)

The Palestinian Return Centre is an independent consultancy focusing on the historical, political and legal aspects of the Palestinian Refugees. The organization offers expert advice to various actors and agencies on the question of Palestinian Refugees within the context of the Nakba - The catastrophe following the forced displacement of Palestinians in 1948 - and serves as an information repository on other related aspects of the Palestine question and the Arab-Israeli conflict. It specializes in the research, analysis, and monitor of issues pertaining to the dispersed Palestinians and their internationally recognized legal right to return.

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