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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-14-10

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Liverpool conference on Palestine

LIVERPOOL Friends of Palestine are holding a major day conference Britain and Palestine, 100 Years of Broken Promises, at the Friends Meeting House, Liverpool, on Saturday, 21 October 2017.  The conference will be chaired by Nicholas Frayling, Dean Emeritus of Chichester who was Rector of Liverpool Parish Church, from 1987 to 2002.

The main speakers will be:-

Ben Jamal, Director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (British born of Palestinian Heritage)

David Cronin, journalist, Deputy Editor of Electronic Intifada and the author of the recently published Balfour's Shadow; a Century of Support for Zionism and Israel

Professor Jonathan Rosenhead, Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics, who was brought up in a strongly Zionist family in Liverpool.

The conference is held to mark the centenary of the 'Balfour declaration.' On 2 November 1917, the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour sent a letter to Lord Rothschild saying that:- "His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."

Speakers will talk about the Declaration, the period of the British Mandate in Palestine and the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, which led to the flight of Palestinians, many of whom still live in refugee camps. Speakers will also address subsequent events, including the aftermath of the 1967 war and the continued Israeli occupation of Palestine, including the unequal treatment of Palestinians within present day Israel.  The conference will be of interest to all who want to know more about this period of Britain's colonial history and who are concerned to bring about a just solution to the contemporary problems. There will be group discussions in the second half of the day to share ideas.


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