Palestinian American Ali Abunimah told a capacity crowd at St. Paul University in Ottawa that Israel should be understood as a “settler-colonial” state, like Canada or South Africa. Abunimah believes that the only answer that would bring peace to the Israel/Palestine conflict is to recognize what has happened and move toward one democratic state with equal rights for all. A lively Q and A followed. See the video here….
Ali Abunimah, editor of “The Electronic Intifada” was in Ottawa for a couple of days of public and private meetings at the invitation of the Ottawa Forum on Israel Palestine.
Nearly 200 people crowded into the main auditorium at St. Paul University to hear his public lecture, followed by over an hour of questions and answers. The next day, he participated in a workshop with Palestinian human rights activists from a variety of Canadian organizations to discuss how that movement is developing in Canada and the USA.
In the afternoon, he had a private meeting with members of the Ottawa Forum on Israel/Palestine’s Council of Advisers. He ended his visit to Ottawa with an informal dinner with a selected number of Palestinian Canadians living in Ottawa.
The public event was captured on video. The first video contains Mr. Abunimah’s presentation. The second covers the Question and Answer period.
Welcome and introduction by Dr. Hashmat Khan, and presentation by Mr. Abunimah
Question and answer session moderated by OFIP Chair Peter Larson.
The Ottawa Forum on Israel Palestine was happy to invite Ali Abunimah discuss his analysis of the current Israel/Palestine conflict and propose his view for a just resolution. OFIP does not necessarily endorse his views, but we do feel that his is a thoughtful and serious voice that deserves to be heard.