Event: Ali Abunimah at Macquarie

Macquarie University Centre for Middle East and North African Studies is proud to present 12 May at 7pm Palestinian American author Ali Abunimah:

“Should Israel and Palestine be one secular, democratic state?”

Author of the recently published “One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli/Palestine Impasse” (Metropolitan, 2006).  Ali Abunimah is a research Fellow with the Palestine Center in Washington DC and the Editor of Electronic Intifada, the world’s primary website on information about Palestine. He lives in Chicago and writes regularly for The Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Ali Abunimah was born in Washington DC in 1971 to Palestinian parents. His mother was a refugee from her village in 1948 when Israel was created. His father is from a village on the West Bank. Ali attended Princeton University and the University of Chicago.

For more information about this event, and other events, please check the Centre for Middle East and North African Studies Website.

5 Responses to Event: Ali Abunimah at Macquarie

  1. Raffe says:

    Well it was certainly an interesting event. An optimistic idea, but i ultimately believe, an idea nonetheless. I was offended with one thing he said in that Jerusalem was ‘Jewish-only’. That’s simply not true. Jerusalem is divided into sections, with the East being for the Arabs of the city. I’ve also seen Arabs pray at the Temple Mount and Christians pray at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

  2. Leah says:

    How many people in tonights audience have actually been to Jerusalm, do you think? And seen the truth of access to religious sites by all groups today under Israel rule, as compared, of course, to the access granted to Muslims only when Jerusalem was under Jordanian rule from 1948 – 1967 – other religions’ gravestones used for paving, etc. What kind of access do you suppose there would be for Christians and Jews under the “one state” ruled by Arab Palestians?

  3. Leah says:

    A few other things Ali said that were simply false: “Israel is officially in denial about the past and the Palestinians’ Nakba narrative” – in fact, last year the Israel Ministry of Education published a new set of texts books for Israeli Jewish and Arab chidren in Hebrew and in Arabic (both official languages of Israel) presenting both narratives. This is not what one could call “official denial”.

  4. Leah says:

    Another falsehood: that Oslo was “a plan to establish Bantustans for Palestinians”. Well, no actually. Being as that my father is 12th generation Palestinian (Palestinian Jewish – imaine that – we’re ‘indigenous’ to the land too!) I was living in Israel during the 90s and I was one of those Israeli Jews who voted Rabin into power to make Oslo happen – Oslo was a plan to establish peace. Oslo failed because the Palestinian suicide terrorism that was the organised Palestinian response to it was, to use Ali’s words, “incompatible with peace.”

  5. Leah says:

    And a question: does anyone seriously beleive Ai’s clain that “the Hamas Charter” means noting and is just an old piece of paper that has been superseded by all these progressive, secular comments in recent times? Oh really? Well PA TV hasn’t caught up yet, sad to say. Still spewing out the same brainwashing incitement to murder Jews (oh, and Israelis too) to groom the next generation for idyllic (one)statehood. See:

    How does Ali answer that?

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