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One State Conference

at UMass Boston

Trans-Arab Research Institute
and the UMass Boston William Joiner Center, sponsors

Four short testimonial videos from TARI conference participants
(Video from the program is available here from Boston's Arabic Hour.)


Four Videos from TARI Conference
- produced by Freeman Z -


Hassan Nawash
Activist from Detroit


Sherif Fam
Host of This Week in Palestine


Marty Federman
Member, American Jews for a Just Peace


Norton Mezvinsky
Connecticut State University Professor
Executive Director of The International Council for Middle East Studies


Tom Arabia
Palestine Solidarity Activist

See this on Youtube

Conference Program

Day 1 (Saturday, March 28, 2009)

9:00 -- 9:15 Welcome and Rationale of the Conference

Dr. Hani A. Faris, Conference Co-Chair and Acting Chairperson of TARI
Dr. Kevin Bowen, Director, William Joiner Center for the Study of War and its Social Consequences

9:15 -- 11:15 Panel I: Is the Two State Settlement Feasible?
Chair: Professor Duncan Kennedy

A. Land Confiscation, Settlements and the Feasibility of a Two State Solution
Speaker: Dr Meron Benvenisti

B. Quiet Transfer: Judaization of Jerusalem
Speaker: Professor Saree Makdisi

C. The Fragmentation of the Palestinian Body Politic
Speaker: Professor Karma Nabulsi

D. Challenging the Consensus Favoring the Two State Model
Speaker: Ali Abunimah

E. Is The Two State Settlement Still Viable? An Overall Assessment of the Present Situation.
Speaker: Professor Naseer Aruri

11:15 -- 11:30 Break

11:30 -- 1:15 Panel II: A Historic Settlement in Harmony with the Jewish and Palestinian Ethos
Chair: Mr. Howard Lenow

A. A Sense of Justice: World Jewry & the One State Solution
Speaker: Professor Oren Ben-Dor

B. Israel, Ethnic Particularism & Universalist Values
Speaker: Professor Marc Ellis

C. Jerusalem and the future Solution to the Conflict
Speaker: Dr Mahdi Abdul-Hadi

D. The Palestinian Right of Return in the Context of the One and Two State Solutions
Speaker: Professor Susan Akram

1:15 -- 2:00 Lunch Break

2:00 -- 3:45 Panel III: The Vision: One Country, One State
Chair: Dr Mark Solomon

A. The Geographic and Demographic Imperatives of a Single State
Speaker: Dr Salman Abu Sitta

B. The Contours of the One State: Shapes of Sovereignty
Speaker: Professor Michael Lynk

C. A New Arab / Jewish Narrative
Speaker: Professor Gabriel Piterberg

D. The Palestinian National Movement and the One State Vision
Speaker: Professor Nadim Rouhana

3:45 -- 4:00 Break

4:00 -- 6:00 Panel IV: Strategies for Building One Country
Chair: Dr Hani A. Faris

A. Popular Sovereignty and Justice
Speaker: Professor Karma Nabulsi

B. Charting a Diplomatic Course for Alternative Thinking: Arab, Western & Other Governments Speaker: Dr Husam Zomlot

C. Mobilizing Palestinians
Speaker: Professor George Bisharat

D. Mobilizing World Jewry
Speaker: Professor Norton Mezvinsky

E. Awakening the American Conscience
Speaker: Professor Joel Kovel

Day 1 (Sunday, March 29, 2009)

9:00 -- 11:00 Panel V: Methods for Building One Country
Chair: Professor Seif Da'Na

A. Dealing with the International Organizations’ Consensus on the Two State Solution
Speaker: Ms. Phyllis Bennis

B. The Palestinians in Israel and the One and Two State Solutions
Speaker: Professor As’ad Ghanem

C. Modes of Non Violent Activism to Achieve Palestinian Human Rights
Speaker: Ms. Nadia Hijab

D. Israeli Feminism and the One State Solution
Speaker: Professor Smadar Lavie

E. Grassroots Organizing in the U.S. of Palestinians, Labor and Students for the Right of Return & the One State Solution
Speaker: Mr. Monadel Herzallah

11:00 -- 11:15 Break

11:15-- 1:00 Panel VI: The Organization for Building One country
Chair: Professor Najib Saliba

A. Building An International Movement To Promote the One State Solution
Speaker: Dr Ghada Karmi

B. Building Movements for the One State Solution in Palestine & the Arab World
Speaker: Professor Leila Farsakh

C. Organizing for Self Determination, ethical De Zionization & Resisting Apartheid
Speaker: Omar Barghouti

D. Proposal For A New Israeli Political Organization: Building A Movement For The One State Solution
Speaker: Professor Ilan Pappe

1:00 -- 1:15 Break

1:15 -- 2:30 Panel VII: Israel's Strategies of Destruction and Debilitation: The Implications of the War on Gaza to Coexistence, Cohabitation & Future Statehood
Chair: Professor Michael C. Hudson

Professor Ilan Pappe
Mr. Omar Barghouti
Dr. Nancy Murray

Summaries, Recommendations & General Discussion



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