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Oslo at 25: A Legacy of Broken Promises

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Near King's Cross Station

Euston Road

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N1 9AL

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The Oslo Accords signed in 1993 were supposed to end in a final settlement of the Palestine-Israel conflict after an interim period of five years.

25 years on, the 'final settlement' still has not been reached, with the seven ‘permanent status’ issues yet to be negotiated.

To the same degree that the Palestinians did not achieve their independence and statehood, so too the Israelis have failed to realise their exclusive and democratic Jewish state, with a Jewish majority.


Why has the Oslo peace process continued for so long with no tangible success? What next for the peace process?

Join our international panelists to explore the future on Saturday, 29 September 2018 at Euston Road, London [venue details will be emailed to you 2-4 days before the event]


Our international line-up of guests include:

Prof Ilan Pappe
University of Exeter, UK

Karen AbuZayd
United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Sir Richard Dalton
Former British Consul General in Jerusalem - 1993-1997

Clayton Swisher
Al Jazeera Media Network, Qatar

Jamal Khashoggi
Saudi journalist and the former editor-in-chief of Al Arab News Channel

Dr Alaa Tartir
Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network

Dr Nadia Naser-Najjab
University of Exeter, UK

Prof Omar Dajani
University of the Pacific, US

Prof Michelle Pace
Professor in Global Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark

Prof Virginia Tilley
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, US

Dr Jeremy Wildeman
University of Bath, UK

Wadah Khanfar
Al Sharq Forum

Dr Stéphanie Latte Abdallah
CNRS Assistant Research Professor


The Conference in Detail:

The Oslo Accords signed in 1993 were supposed to end in a final settlement of the Palestine-Israel conflict after an interim period of five years. That objective never materialised with the seven ‘permanent status’ issues yet to be negotiated. The Declaration of Principles (DOP) lists them in the following order: (1) Jerusalem, (2) refugees, (3) settlements, (4) security arrangements, (5) borders, (6) relations and cooperation with other neighbours, and (7) other issues of common interest.

From the onset, it was clear that the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the State of Israel had two contradictory visions of the process. While the former envisaged an end to Israel’s settler colonialism, the latter saw it as an opportunity to create a system of indirect rule over the territories occupied in 1967.

Whereas there were 260,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1993; today they number more than 600,000. The obvious question, therefore, is that if Israel was really committed to peace, why did it invest so heavily in the construction and maintenance of new settlements in the occupied territories.

In normal circumstances, where the rule of law is upheld and mediation was conducted in good faith, this situation could not have persisted. The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 clearly prohibits countries from moving their population into territories occupied in war (Article 49).

Hence, it was inevitable that the disregard of international law in the Oslo process would lead to a dead end.

With its total control over all of historic Palestine and rejection of a Palestinian state in the territories occupied in 1967, Israel has created an apartheid reality in which two peoples occupy the same land but with one people, Israelis, totally dominating the other, Palestinians. The latter are completely surrounded by walls and checkpoints, trapped within fragmented enclaves.

Indeed, to the same degree that the Palestinians did not achieve their independence and statehood, so too the Israelis have failed to realise their exclusive and democratic Jewish state, with a Jewish majority.


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Where is the conference being held?
The conference will take place at a location near Euston/Kings Cross, with great public transport links. Registrants will be sent the full address a few days before the conference.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please pop us an email at events@memonitor.org.uk, or call us on +44 (0)20 8838 0231

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Nope! It'd be helpful if you do bring a printed ticket or show us the ticket confirmation on your phone, but we can still sign you in without them - we will just need the name used during registration!

Can I update my registration information?
Sure. You can amend the number of tickets, or cancel your tickets, through your EventBrite account. Alternatively, simple email or call us using the details above.

Will the event be Live Streamed?
Unfortunately not. However, we will be sharing snippets during the conference on our Facebook and Twitter page, and will also be Live Blogging on our website through the event.


Please note: The event will be filmed and photographed by us and third-party media partners. By attending you consent to your image being used in broadcast and marketing by Middle East Monitor and our media partners.

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