Vancouver, Aug. 15: Negotiations in Palestine: Why are they happening? What do they mean?

drah41NEGOTIATIONS IN PALESTINE: What do they mean? Why are they happening?
Presentation and Discussion
Thursday, August 15, 2013
7:00 pm
Room 1530, SFU Harbour Centre
515 W. Hastings St, Vancouver


News reports are coming in about the resumption of negotiations between Palestinian Authority leadership and the Israeli government, at the behest of US Secretary of State, John Kerry, in Washington, DC. Do these negotiations offer new hope for peace for Palestinians, suffering from siege, settlement building and ongoing human rights violations – or are they just the latest step in an ongoing project to deny fundamental Palestinian rights and protect Israeli occupation and apartheid?

Palestinians have taken to the streets to protest the negotiations, and issued numerous statements of condemnation – so why are Palestinian leaders travelling to Washington, DC to meet with Tzipi Livni, who presided over the infamous Operation Cast Lead assault on Gaza in 2008-2009?

We have also heard about Palestinian prisoners being released because of these negotiations. What has been the history of Palestinian prisoner releases and the relationship of negotiations to the mass imprisonment of thousands of Palestinians?

Come to discuss all of these things and more with Palestinian activist and writer Khaled Barakat on Thursday, May 15. While John Baird is asking for a seat at the negotiations table – what can people here do to support real justice?

Sponsored by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign – Vancouver