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Breaking the wall

The Social Responsibility of Palestinian and Israeli Academics and Intellectuals at Times of Violent

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The aim of the symposium is to create an space for dialogue between Palestinians and Israeli academics on the shared values on human rights, democracy and peace, with the idea of finding the ways for the resolution of the conflict in the Middle East.

 

The Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) is promoting the symposium Breaking the Wall. The Social Responsibility of Palestinian and Israeli Academics and Intellectuals at Times of Violent Conflict: An Introspective Search, to be held in Barcelona the 23, 24 and 26 July, with the collaboration of the Spanish Consulate in Jerusalem.

The debate will be held during 2 days (23 and 24 April) in a closed seminar. The conclusions will be presented in an open conference on 26 April.

FRIDAY, 23 APRIL. 9:15h.


Introduction: Pere Vilanova, professor of Political Science at the Universitat de Barcelona. Josep Ramoneda, Director of the CCCB.

9:30h-11:30h: «Intellectuals and Political Power: serving the State or confronting the Establishment»

Speakers: Sami Kilani, University of Al-Najah. Topic: "Possibilities of Dialogue under Closures and Siege". Ishai Menuchim, Department of Political Science, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Spinoza Institute. Topic: "Knowledge, academic status and social responsibility". Adel Manna, Director del Center for the Study of Arab Society in Israel, al Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

Moderator Pere Vilanova, professor of Political Science at the Universitat de Barcelona.

12:00h-14:00h: «Attitudes towards Violence»


Speakers: Eyal Ben Ari, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Topic: "Journeying out from the (Jewish/Israeli) Center: Research on Violence and Understanding". Noah Salameh, Center for Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation (CCRR). Ata Qamari, Director of the Al-Masdar Center (Daily Hebrew press translation; guidance services for TV).

Moderator: Xavier Batalla, journalist La Vanguardia.

15:30h-17:30h: «The Advocacy Role of Intellectuals»

Speakers: Walid Salem, Panorama -the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy & Community Development. Topic: "The Anti Normalization discourse. What the Palestinian Israeli Peace Camp can do?". Edy Kaufman, Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Topic: "Talking points. The quest for reciprocity in an asymmetric conflict" Yonit Levanon, Ben Gurion University - Negev. Topic: "A Code of Ethics for Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation in times of conflict".

Moderator: Ángela Rodicio, journalist.

SATURDAY, 24 APRIL. 9:30h-11:30h: «Otherness. Deconstructing the Image of the Other»

Speakers: Maya Kahanoff, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Topic: "Critical care at the home front: Challenging worldviews in times of violent conflict". Mohammad Dajani, Palestinian Economic Council for Development And Reconstruction. Yaakov Yadgar, Bar-Ilan University. Topic: "Intellectuals, Mass Media and Tradition: National Identity in the Israeli Press".

Moderator: Bashkim Shehu, Albanese writer.

12:00h-14:00h: : «Legitimacy and Limits of Boycott Campaigns»

Speakers: Riad Malki, Panorama - the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy & Community Development. Yirmiahu Yovel, University of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Spinoza Institute. Topic "Boycotting intellectuals". Yossi Yona, University of Ben Gurion and Democratic Mizrachi Rainbow. Topic: "Resuscitation of Hope: Intellectuals and Academics in Civil Society".

Moderator: Ángela Rodicio, journalist.

15:30h-17:30h : «Breaking the Insularity of Community»

Speakers: Menachem Klein, Bar-lan University and Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, member of B'etselem (Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories). Topic: "The standards and limits of involvement of concerned intellectuals. The cases of Edward Said and thepublic debate of Middle East studies in the United States". Ilan Halevi, PLO, Assistant Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Palestinian Government. Daoud Barakat, PLO, member of Shaml (Palestinian Diaspora and Refugee Center).

Moderator: Pere Vilanova, professor of Political Science at the Universitat de Barcelona.

MONDAY, 26 APRIL

Public Debate

19:00h. - 21:00h.


Presented by: José María Ferré, Spanish Consul in Jerusalem.

Speakers: Riad Malki, Director of Panorama (Gaza) - the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy & Community Development. Edy Kaufman, Director of Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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