On Monday, November 23, OFIP will host Dr. Rashid Khalidi in a “virtual Canadian book launch” for his controversial new book re-examining the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict over the last 100 years. Khalidi argues that Israel’s basic “colonial” character has been mostly invisible to North Americans. He also thinks the Palestinian leadership has made some strategic mistakes based on their own myths about Israeli society. Read more…
Professor Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Middle East Studies at Columbia University and a leading Palestinian scholar (if not THE leading scholar) on the Israel/Palestine issue. He comes from a well known Palestinian family and has spent many years in the Middle East. He was teaching at the American University of Beirut in 1982 when Israel attacked Lebanon and occupied Beirut. He has also been involved with the PLO in negotiations around the “Peace Process”.
His book is a fascinating historical review which breaks the Israel/Palestine conflict into 6 stages starting with the Balfour Declaration in 1917. Based on his extensive experience, Khalidi offers both new insights and original interpretations.
In addition to being very critical of Israel, the UK and the US, of course, he is also rather frank in his criticisms of the PLO and its leadership. He does not spare Yassir Arafat – whom he had occasion to meet several times, in particular analyzing strategic decisions that he thinks were unwise. And he offers some advice going forward.
The book will especially appeal to activists and serious historians who want to know more. It even got a rather favourable review in the very establishment US publication Foreign Affairs. (Octopus Books in Ottawa has several on order.)
Join the webinar with Dr. Khalidi
The webinar, on Monday, November 23rd, @ 7:30 p.m. will be for anyone interested in better understanding the Israel/Palestine conflict. Even if you aren’t an “expert” in Middle East politics, you will find Dr. Khalidi low key, thoughtful and informative. We will try to ask Dr. Khalidi challenging questions. And there will be plenty of time for Q and A from the audience.
Here is the information you need to register for this interesting webinar. To register in advance:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
NOTE: The event will be available live on YouTube and will be recorded for later sharing.
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