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Jerusalem: Legalising the Occupation
March 3, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Following US President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, world leaders and international organisations rallied to condemn the move.
But is condemnation enough? International law has thus far proved ineffective in defending Palestinian rights over Jerusalem, negotiations have stalled, and all the while, Palestinian homes are being demolished and history rewritten.
So what next?
Our international line-up of guests include:
Prof Manuel Hassassian
Palestinian Ambassador to the UK
Dr Ahmad Tibi
Member of Knesset, Israel
Dr Salman Abu Sitta
Chair of the Palestinians Abroad Conference
Prof John Quigley
Professor at the Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University
Dr Ghada Karmi
Associate Professor, University of Exeter
Sami Abu Shehadeh
CEO, Yaffa Youth Movement, Palestine
Dr Maria Holt
Lecturer, University of Westminster
Dr Nasharudin Mat Isa
Al Quds International Foundation, Malaysia
Former correspondent of the Independent in Jerusalem
Sawsan Al Keilani
Royal Committee for Jerusalem Affairs, Jordan
Dr Munir Nuseibah
Al Quds University
Prof Nicolas Boeglin
Professor of International Law, Law Faculty, University of Costa Rica
Former legal advisor to the FCO & Palestinian Authority
President of the US Middle East Project
Co-founder of Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network
Jerusalem is once again in the international spotlight. Following US President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, world leaders and international organisations rallied to condemn the move and its disregard for the final status negotiations of the 1993 Oslo Accords.
Tracing key moments that have shaped the modern history of the city, including the proclamation of the Balfour Declaration in 1917, the 1948 de facto division of the city into East and West under Jordanian and Israeli control respectively and Israel’s 1967 occupation of East Jerusalem, the conference seeks to foster a deeper understanding of the events that have led to the present day.
International law has thus far proved ineffective in curtailing these developments, nor has it been able to mitigate the impact of house demolitions and the rescindment of residential permits on the city’s inhabitants.
This raises the question: what role can international negotiations play in any future decision on Jerusalem? While the broad framework of Oslo I and II still hold, more recent negotiations at the Camp David Summit in 2000 and a series of talks under the Obama administration have thus far been unable to break the deadlock. The conference will bring together historians, former negotiators and influential figures from the Middle East and Europe to discuss the future of Jerusalem in light of the new political order ushered in by President Trump’s decision in December 2017.