Thursday, 13 September
Friends Meeting House
6 Mount Street
In The Morning After, Palestinian writer Edward Said railed against the “truly astonishing proportions of the Palestinian capitulation” as Yasser Arafat shook hands with Rabin and Clinton on the White House lawn. In the historic deal, which signed away historic Palestine and left the status of refugees to a rot, Israel and its US backers set in train the events of the next 25 years.
The Zionist occupation would in reality grab more than that offered up by Abbas and the Palestinian negotiators, with settlements built at breakneck speed and its repressive machinery expanded with imperialist help. Now Abbas is almost universally hated. In 2017 he claimed Palestinians would “put our faith in God and Trump”. Trump has other ideas and Britain isn’t far behind.
Where does this leave the struggle for a free Palestine? How can the prisoners be freed? And what are the prospects of a new, principled leadership for the national liberation movement?
Join us in this important discussion.