Audio of #ERFA2015 now available


March 22, 2015 by IJV

IJV would like to thank all our participants for contributing to a frank and profoundly radical discussion on how to move towards equal rights for all in Israel-Palestine.

The focus on rights and equality should not be seen as an alternative to other forms of struggle but, as Jacqueline Rose elegantly concluded, “the point at which rights collides with both politics and the law… ‘laying bare the device’ and exposing a reality that has become so banal,” where violence is normalised, familiar and repetitious – in order to set us on a different path.

Full audio of the Conference is available from the link below

One thought on “Audio of #ERFA2015 now available

  1. David McDowall says:

    I feel enormously privileged to have been invited to attend the IJV Conference. More than that, it was a truly wonderful experience in which I found myself taken off the usual tramlines of thought as I grind my teeth daily over the injustice of it all, and also compelled to see things from a remarkable set of fresh angles. I can’t think of any conference on the theme of Israel-Palestine which I have found more rewarding.

    Well, I’m in awe of the insight of so many of the speakers and participants, particularly the Israeli ones, Avrum Burg, Alon Liel and, of course, Avi Shlaim – though I have heard Avi before and read and admired his published works over the years. I was particularly gripped by the remarkable achievement described by Alon Liel regarding European parliamentary votes for recognition of Palestinian statehood. I thought it a real lesson in the power of lobbying by the right (but unexpected) people and at the right moment. But it was also on the Palestinian side, with Sam Bahour that again I found myself ambushed into having to think afresh…. Though, ‘out of the mouths of babes and sucklings’ – Taghreed’s daughter at the age of three unwittingly took us to one of the absolutely central issues: the refusal/failure of the international community to do its obvious duty. And Mustafa Barghouti is always great to listen to, so refreshing and coherent after the usual Palestinian politicians. I first met him in 1983, when he explained his development philosophy (which was extraordinarily democratic for a Palestinian doctor at that time) when he was leading the Union of Palestine Medical Relief Committees.

    But it was not just the speakers but also the chairing of the sessions which also made a real impression. Time and again those chairing picked out the really important points that had been made, focusing us so articulately on the most vital points that had been made.

    If I had a regret it was that we found ourselves short of time on the session on international pressure to achieve change, because it is here that all of us based outside the region have work to do, if we can work out what precisely it should be. This in part was made up for by Michelle Pace’s splendid presentation yesterday morning. I kept wondering how one could build on (i) what she had to say, (ii) what Salma said about international law and (iii) and on how Alon Liel showed things could be changed by shrewd timing and democratic intervention from an unexpected quarter.

    Why do I think this the most powerful conference on the subject I have ever attended? Well, certainly much of it was thanks to the clarity and insight with which speakers delivered their messages. But below the plimsoll line lies the engine room, all the thought, planning and preparation that went into making what we witnessed ‘on deck’ so memorable. So I’m particularly grateful to everyone at IJV for the immense amount of hard work and thought that ensured it was such a triumph.


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