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Palestine and Israel – Britain’s role, then and now

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Dundee University

Lecture Theatre 4

Dalhousie Building

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Britain’s past role in Palestine still matters today.

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In 1915 Britain promised support for an Arab state including what was then Palestine, then in the 1917 Balfour Declaration the British Government stated its support for a Jewish homeland in the same area - which is now the State of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

A month later British Empire troops defeated the Turks in Palestine. After the war Britain acquired the Mandate (legal power) to govern Palestine, and did so until 1948, playing a key part in the birth of Israel.

What responsible position should Britain – Government and civil society – take today on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians? Work to uphold international law and advance equal rights for all between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River? Recognise the state of Palestine? Go along with President Trump’s ‘deal of the century’? What should Britain do if Israel’s Government annexes to Israel the occupied Palestinian Jordan Valley?

These questions will be discussed by:

Dr Peter Shambrook – a British historian of the French and British Mandates; author French Imperialism in Syria 1927-36, and Historical Consultant to the Balfour Project.

Dr Ghada Karmi – a Palestinian academic and writer. She lectured for many years on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the University of Exeter

Sir Vincent Fean – British Consul-General, Jerusalem (2010-14) responsible locally for British Government/Palestinian relations; now chair of trustees of the Balfour Project

Their remarks will be followed by a panel discussion

Dundee – Nablus Twinning

In 1980 the City of Dundee twinned with the Palestinian City of Nablus. This historic decision was controversial. It was the first twinning between a Palestinian and a European city. The purpose of twinning is to build understanding and friendship between people. Dundee will celebrate this 40th anniversary with a Festival of Nablus in June 2020.

There will be an opportunity to donate to the Balfour Project and the Dundee Nablus Twinning Association as you leave.

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DD1 5EN

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