Address by Prof Ilan Pappé at MEMO’s ‘Oslo at 25: A Legacy of Broken Promises’ conference held in London on September 29, 2018.
Professor Pappé is an Israeli historian and Professor of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter, where he is also the director of the university’s European Centre for Palestine Studies, and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies. Prior to coming to the UK, he was a senior lecturer in political science at the University of Haifa and chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian and Israeli Studies in Haifa. He is the author of several books, including A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples (2003) and The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006).
PANEL: Oslo and the Negation of International Law
Although the process was based on the formula of ‘land for peace’, it was clear Israel was not prepared to withdraw from the territories occupied in 1967. Because none of the documents referred to Israel as the occupying power, or the applicability of the international humanitarian law to the territories, Oslo’s approach to the permanent status issues were based on Israeli imperatives.