The Predicament of Gaza and Palestine:
US/Israeli policies and the role of Academia

June 3, 2008, Al Quds University


It has been almost two years since the last FFIPP conference in Ramallah.
Since then, the situation in the Occupied Territories has deteriorated with the
rapidly worsening conditions in Gaza, the continued construction of the Wall
and the settlements, continued violence— mainly against the Palestinians- and
the lack of any progress in the ‘negotiations’. The tensions between Hamas and
Fatah continued as well and the isolation of Hamas contributed to the general
deterioration. The Annapolis conference has failed to produce any positive
change in the region and the occupation of Iraq is now threatening to escalate
into, potentially, a major confrontation with Iran.

This turbulent political environment in Israel, Palestine and the region, coupled
with the devastating socio-economic conditions in Gaza, urgently call for better
understanding, cooperation and positive plan of joint action among
Internationals, Palestinians and Israelis. This conference has been designed as
an aid for such an action.

First Day

The Gaza Blockade: (Summary)
Eyad el-Sarraj, President of FFIPP-International, Founder and Director of Gaza Community Mental Health Program
The Architecture of Occupation: (Summary)
Eyal Weizman, University of London
The Sociocide of the Palestinian Society: (Summary)
Saleh Abdel Jawad, Professor of Political Science, Birzeit University
Solidarity and Political Activity: (Summary)
Salim Tamari, director of the Institute for Jerusalem Studies, Board Member of FFIPP, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Birzeit University
Gaza Video Conference
Issam Younis, Director of Al Mizan Center for Human Rights, Gaza (Summary)
Dr. Albert Ahela, Health provider, Gaza (Summary)

Second Day

Moderator: Sari Bashi, Director of Gisha
European Union Policy on the Palestine/Israel: (Summary)
Eric Rouleau, former bureau editor of Middle East for Le Monde, former France Ambassador to Morocco and Tunisia
US Policy in the Middle East – Challenging Pessimism: (Summary)
Richard Falk, FFIPP Advisory Board, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Discussant: Phyllis Bennis, Institute of Policy Studies

Sari Bashi, Eric Rouleau, Phyllis Bennis and Richard Falk (by Georg Hoehne)

There was an extensive participation of the audience in discussions following the presentations


FFIPP International conference took place in Ramallah on January 5-7, 2007.

FFIPP has organized an unprecedented conference calling for the creation of a new coalition of Israeli, Palestinians and internationals. This three-day conference was held in Ramallah on January 5-7, 2007. In spite of an Israeli military operation in Ramallah in which 4 Palestinians were killed on the previous day, and the very real fears it caused, over 60 organizations sent representatives to the conference, with participation of over 200 people.
PHOTO:Dr. Lily Feidy, Prof Naomi Chazan , Dr. Jad Isaac, Ramallah FFIPP-I conference, January 2007.

article on the conference written by Uri Avnery.
Listen to Dr. Jad Issac speech at the conference. Speech.
Listen to Dr. Naomi Chazan speech at the conference. Speech.
The conference was organized in cooperation with Combatants for Peace.

(Working groups, Ramallah Conference, January 2007)
“Prospects and Obstacles for Peace in Light of the Disengagement, the Wall, and the Occupation: the Role of Academicians.”
December 30, 2005 

Bethlehem University Peace Center, December 30, 2005

“Prospects and Obstacles for Peace in Light of the Disengagement, the Wall, and the Occupation: the Role of Academicians.”

Dr. Adnan Mussalam, Bethlehem University
Dr. Luisa Morgantini, EU parliament
Dr. Jad Isaac, Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem
Dr. Ghasaan Andoni, Birzeit University

Vie académique en Territoires occupés Le cas de la Palestine. June 28, 2005

Working Toward Reconciliation For a Complete End of Occupation, June 26th27th2005, Venice, Italy June 25-27, 2005


Conference sponsored by the city of Venice

Vie académique en Territoires occupés Le cas de la Palestine (Academic life in the Occupied Territories- the case of Palestine), June 28, 2005, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

Speakers: Dr. Iyad Sarraj, Director General of Gaza Community Mental Health Program, and president ofFFIPP-I. Anat Biletzi, head of the faculty of philosophy at the Tel-Aviv University and Chair of the board ofB’tselem, member of the board of FFIPP-I

An End to Occupation, A Just Peace in Israel-Palestine: An International Network in Action January 3, 2005 

An End to Occupation, A Just Peace in Israel-Palestine: An International Network in Action, Hind Al-Husseini College, Faculty of Arts, Al-Quds University, East Jerusalem, January 3 – 5, 2005


An End to Occupation, A Just Peace in Israel-Palestine: An International Network in Action
Sat, 07/03/2004 – 19:30

An End to Occupation, A Just Peace in Israel-Palestine: An International Network in Action. Brussels, July 3, 4 and 5, 2004



An End to Occupation, A Just Peace in Israel-Palestine:Towards an Active International Network, Notre Dame, East Jerusalem, January 4-5, 2004.


The 2nd International Conference on

An End to Occupation, A Just Peace in Israel- Palestine:
Towards an Active International Network

East Jerusalem January 4th-5th, 2004

I. Background

An urgent international conference entitled An End to Occupation, A Just Peace in Israel-Palestine: The Role of Academia, was held in Tel Aviv University in June 2003, with a strong participation of Palestinian, Israeli and International academics. It was seen as a landmark in mobilizing the Academia worldwide to promote an end of the Israeli occupation of 1967, as well as the establishment of a just peace in Israel- Palestine. This 2nd conference proposes to continue and build upon the momentum created by the first conference in order to promote similar objectives, but with an explicit recognition of the regional context.

The first conference called on academics worldwide to join in an effort to make a difference. Since then, the territorial domains of daily violence seem to have even expanded. An international mobilization of public opinion and action seem, if anything, more urgent now. We, therefore, urge groups, networks and institutions sharing our objectives- an end to all occupations, a just peace, democracy, political sovereignty and regional security- to endorse our call for an International Network for Peace, Justice and Democracy in the Middle East.

II. Sponsors

The conference is sponsored by two organizations: MIFTAH- The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, and FFIPP- Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. MIFTAH, is a

non-governmental non-partisan Jerusalem-based institution dedicated to fostering democracy and good governance within the Palestinian Society in a manner that promotes public accountability and transparency while maintaining the free flow of information and ideas. ( FFIPP is a US-based network of faculty- with affiliates in Israel and Palestine- endeavoring to achieve an end of Israeli occupation of lands seized in the 1967 war, as well as a just peace in Israel/Palestine and the region as a whole (

The conference is co-sponsored by Hacampus Lo Shotek- The Campus will not Stay Silent, and MERIP- The Middle East Research and Information Project. The former is an organization of students and faculty in Israeli universities and colleges, dedicated to campus activities against the occupation and for a just peace in Israel Palestine (Website of the Jerusalem group- The latter is a non- profit, non-governmental and completely independent organization based in Washington, DC. It aims to provide information and analysis on the Middle East that would be picked up by the existing media (

III. Provisional Program

Sunday, January 4th, Notre Dame Hotel, Jerusalem

9.00-9.45 Registration and coffee 9.45-10.15 Organizers welcome and updates

Moderators: Eyad Sarraj (Palestine) and Uri Hadar (Israel) Greetings: Mr Peter Hansen- Commisioner General, UNRWA

Ms Luisa Morgantini- Member of the European Parliament 10.15-11.15 Opening Keynote Lecture:

Chair: Eric Rouleau (France): The conflict in Israel-Palestine: Global and regional perspectives

11.30-13.00 Re-Assessment of 1948-1952 in Israel-Palestine:

Chair: Hassan Jabareen – Israel

Panel: Ilan Pappe- Israel Musa Budeiri- Palestine

13.00-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-16.00 Politics in the current situation: Contents and


Chair: Salim Tamari

Panel: Mustafa Barghouti- Palestine Shulamit Aloni- Israel

Jamal Zhalka- Israel

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-18.30 The Geneva Accord

Chair: Everett Mendelsohn- USA

Panel: Arie Arnon- Israel
Nazmi al Jubeh- Palestine


Menachem Klein- Israel Ghaith al Omary- Palestine Hani al Masri- Palestine Yehudit Harel- Israel

Conference dinner

Monday, January 5th, Notre Dame Hotel, Jerusalem

9.00-9.30 Morning coffee

9.30-10.30 Keynote lecture II

Chair: Anat Biletzki- Israel
Judith Butler (USA): Opposing the occupation in the US: Toward

a radical democratic approach

10.30-12.30 Long-term perspectives on the resolution of the conflict

Chair: Waleed Deeb- Palestine

Panel: Meron Benvenisti- Israel Omar Barghouti- Palestine

Avner De Shalit- Israel Tamar Gojansky- Israel Mudar Kassis- Palestine

12.30-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-16.30 Strategic plans for an International Network for Peace,

Justice and

Democracy in the Middle-East

Chair: Daphna Golan (Israel) and Rema Hamami (Palestine)

Panel: Ghassan Abdullah- Palestine Phyllis Bennis- USA

Ivor Chipkin- South Africa Arnon Hadar- USA
Ahmad Hijazi- Israel
Kathy Kamphoefner- AFSC Vivienne Porzsolt- Ausralia Ashraf Rady- Egypt

Lynne Segal- England Simone Susskind- Belgium Max Weiselmann- Holland Oren Yiftachel- Israel Olivia Zemor- France

16.30-17.00 Coffee break

17.00-18.00 Closing keynote lecture Chair: Hanan Ashrawi- Palestine

VI. Technical Information Language: English

Location: The conference will be held at the Notre Dame Hotel, near Zion Square, opposite the New Gate to the Old City, center of Jerusalem. For booking at reduced fees please mention the conference at the following office:

Rami Zeidan
T el=02-627-9112
Fax= 02-627-1995 / 626-2815 Email=

The Organizing Committee:

International Coordinator: Arnon Hadar, FFIPP <> Local organizers:

Salim Tamari- Bir Zeit University- <> Ghassan Abdullah- Bir Zeit University- <>

Eyad Sarraj- Gaza Community Mental Health Program- <>

Anat Biletzki- Tel Aviv University- <> Uri Hadar- Tel Aviv University- <>

Advisory Committee:

Jessica Benjamin- New York University, New York Louise Bethlehem- The Hebrew University, Jerusalem Victor Ginzburgh- The Free University, Brussels Daphna Golan – The Hebrew University, Jerusalem Eva Jablonka- Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv
Yael Landau- Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheba
Adel Mana- Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem
Bezalel Manekin- Bar Ilan University, Kyriat Ono Adnan Mussalem- Bethlehem University, Bethlehem Issam Nassar- Al Quds University, East Jerusalem Ashraf Rady- The Khaldoun Center, Cairo
Lynne Segal- Birkbeck College, London
Oren Yiftachel- Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheba Nira Yuval-Davis- University of East London, London Dudy Zfati- The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Moshe Zuckermann-Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv



An Urgent Conference

Tel Aviv University

June 18th and 19th, 2003

An End to Occupation, A Just Peace in Israel-Palestine:

The Role of Academia

  1. BackgroundWars sometimes offer an opportunity for change, but often do so at the expense of the weak. This banal truth holds for Israeli-Palestinian affairs no less than for anything else. In the aftermath of the Iraq war, and faced with new and staggering forms of Israeli violence towards Palestinians in the occupied territories, we call on academics worldwide to join in an effort to make a difference. A number of times after WW-II, campuses have been pivotal in campaigning against violence, oppression and ethnic injustice. Can this be taken up again regarding Palestinians and Israelis?
  2. Objectives1. To learn about the current situation in Israel-Palestine and think together about the role of universities in opposing the violation of human rights in the occupied territories and in bringing an end to occupation.
    2. To establish a working network worldwide to promote the mobilization of faculty and students, acting towards an immediate end of Israeli occupation and in support of a just Palestinian -Israeli peace.
  3. Provisional ProgramWednesday, June 18thKess Hamishpat Hall- Law Building Registration and coffee- 10.00-10.30

I. Opening Keynote Address: – The Middle East after the Iraq war. 10.30- 11.30

Eric Rouleau, Paris

A. Reports from Israeli Groups Active in the Occupied Territories: 11.30-13.30

Physicians for Human Rights Ta’ayush

Machsom Watch
Committee Against House Demolitions

Lunch break- 13.30-14.30

B. MinisymposiumI:TheproblemsinvolvedinjointactivitiesbyIsraeli and Palestinian academics. 14.30-16.00

Tamar Zelniker, Tel Aviv Issam Nassar, Ramallah Oren Yftach’el- Beer Sheva Ghassan Abdullah, Ramallah

D. Keynote lecture: The Israeli policy in the occupied territories- a conceptual analysis. 16.00-17.00

Tanya Reinhart, Tel Aviv Coffee break- 17.00-17.30

E. Conferencedinner-19.00
Thursday, June 19th

Kess Hamishpat Hall- Law Building Morning coffee- 9.00-9.30

F. Keynote lectures: The current situation in the occupied territories- 9.30- 11.00

  1. The Gaza Strip: Eyad el Sarraj, Gaza
  2. The West Bank: Salim Tamari, Ramallah

G. Mini symposium II: Academic boycott, divestment and other economic sanctions- 11.00-12.30

Rema Hamami, East Jerusalem
Ilan Pappe, Haifa
Eva Jablonka, Tel Aviv
Lawrence Davidson, West-Chester (Pennsylvania) Neve Gordon, Beer Sheva

Lunch break 12.30-13.30

H. Action session: FFIPP and its scope: ideas, plans and the agenda for an Israeli branch- 13.30-14.30

Arnon Hadar, San Rafael Anat Biletzki, Tel Aviv

Lev Grinberg, Beer Sheva Yaakov Katriel, Haifa

Closing Keynote Address:

Closing coffee break

End of Conference

Technical Information

Setup: The conference will host and be hosted by the 2nd FFIPP delegation to Israel and the Occupied Territories. People outside of the Middle East who are interested in participating may join the FFIPP delegation (for details, see or write to Arnon Hadar)

Language: English

Fee: There is no participation fee.

Location: TheconferencewillbeheldontheTelAvivUniversitycampus.The site is within easy reach from anywhere in the greater TA area.

Invitations: We recommend that international participants arrange a personal invitation from Israeli colleagues in their field. Those who cannot arrange this via their own contacts are welcome to write to one of the TAU Organizers.

Permits Palestinians wishing to participate and requiring a permit, please write to Uri Hadar.

The Organizing Committee

International Coordinator- Arnon Hadar, FFIPP (

TAU organizers: Anat Biletzki- Philosophy- <> Rachel Giora- Linguistics- <>

Uri Hadar- Psychology- <> Yoav Peled- Political Science- <>