It was a delight too share a platform with Baha Hiro at the Duck Cafe, in Kuala Lumpur to discuss Palestine and how to challenge Israeli Apartheid and achieve a just and lasting peace.
May I begin by thanking Professor Datuk Azizian Baharuddin, the director of Universiti Malaya Centre for Civilisational Dialogue (UMCCD), for the kind invitation to give this lecture. I also wish to thank Norma Hashim and Professor Dr Mohd Nazari Ismail of the Hashim Sani Centre for Palestine Studies for co-hosting this lecture and also for sponsoring my visit.
Over thirty years ago I gave an annual lecture to 16–17-year-old students at Guildford Grammar School, on virtually the same subject as we are considering today. I began by warning the students that there would be homework to motivate them to pay attention. And I say the same to you today – there will be homework.
The title I have been given is “Inevitable Solutions to the Palestinian Plight”. Note the first two words – ‘Inevitable” and “Solutions” because there are many solutions to the Palestinian plight. I will major on three today. These three are in fact mutually exclusive. How then can they be inevitable? That in part depends on you, me and seven billion other people in the world. Let me illustrate. Climate change is inevitable, it is happening, but the solutions (and there are several) depend on us and how seriously we adjust our values, our priorities and life styles. So it is with resolving the Palestinian plight.
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A meeting to arrange the launch of the One Democratic State Coalition UK (ODSC-UK), was hosted by Cafe Palestina in London on Saturday 8th July.
ODSC-UK is an inclusive coalition of organisations and individuals committed to One Democratic State Campaign (ODSC) in Palestine.
Founding organisations include the Convivencia Alliance, Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK (ICAHD-UK), Jewish Network for Palestine (JNP) and Peacemaker Trust.