London, (Pal Telegraph) – The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) will be hosting an international conference on Britain’s colonial legacy in Palestine.
It will inaugurate the fourth Palestine Memorial Week which will start from 19th-25th Jan 2013, and be the formal launching pad for International Balfour Campaign, which is a five year initiative by the PRC to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.
The PRC believes that there needs to be a well intentioned and meaningful conversation about Britain’s colonial past in the context of Palestine, especially as thousands who suffered under British administration are still alive and many millions continue to endure terrible offences as a result of Britain’s failed policy in the region.
The conference is scheduled for Saturday 19 January 2013, from 9:30am to 17:00 PM at Friends House, 173 Euston Road London NW1 2BJ.
The following sessions and speakers are confirmed:
- Session 1: The Early History
- The Theological and Ideological Roots of the Belfour Declaration
- British Policy in Palestine
- Israel continues Britain’s colonial Legacy in Palestine
Session 2: British Legacy in Palestine
- Ethnic cleansing of Palestine: Same goal different model
- Living Under occupation, the mechanics of ongoing ethnic cleaning
Session 3: The African Mau Mau case & Britain – A comparative Review
- Australia’s National Sorry Day, lessons to be learnt
- Why Mau Mau Matters to Palestine
- The Legal framework of the Mau Mau Case and its implications for Palestinians
- Rev Dr Stephen Sizer (British Author Activist and Incumbent of the Anglican Parish of Christ Church)
- Dr Uri Davies (Academic and a civil rights activist)
- Dr Salman Abu Sitta (Palestinian academic and author of the Palestine Atlas)
- John Bond (British Australian activist who lead the Australian national sorry campaign)
- Mohammed Othman (Palestinian civil right activist freed from Israeli detention after international campaign)
More speakers will be confirmed over the coming weeks.
The memorial week will include a number of events across the University of Greenwich, Kings College, Burnel University and others. A film screening that underlines that suffering of Palestinian Refugees in Iraq titled, “Displaced in Diaspora” will be shown on the 25th January 2013 from 6:30PM to 9:00PM, in presence of film critics and representatives of Aljazeera News Network, venue of the event will be: Hend House, 233 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EEH