Friday, 26 April 2013

A Panel Discussion on Palestine

I went to this really insightful panel discussion on Palestine at the LSE today. It was chaired by Jon Snow, the man himself and addressed some important issues on subjects including media fatigue on the subject of Palestine and the Palestinian plight and issues surrounding the historicity of the land.   

I particularly found it interesting listening to Peter Kosminsky (director of the incredible series The Promise) talk about his seven year journey into researching the story and the consequent backlash he faced by the zionist lobby... If you missed the series, you can watch the full episodes on 4od and youtube. See trailer below. I've also included some general info on the event below. 

The Event

On this panel discussion, chaired by Jon Snow of Channel 4 News, the speakers will discuss aspects of the current situation in Palestine, including: Palestinian domestic politics, Israel’s position, the international dimension of the impasse and the insights into the conflict provided by film-making.


Karma Nabulsi is Lecturer in International Relations at the department of politics and International Relations, University of Oxford and Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall

Rosemary Hollis is Professor of Middle East Policy Studies and Director of the Olive Tree Scholarship Programme at City University London. Her research focuses on international political and security issues in the Middle East, particularly European, EU, UK and US relations with the region.

Ilan Pappe is Professor of History, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies and Co-Director for the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies at the University of Exeter.

Peter Kosminsky is a British writer, director and producer. He is the director of The Promise, a four episodes television series telling the story of a young woman who goes to Israel and Palestine determined to find out about her soldier grandfather's involvement in the final years of Palestine under the British mandate.

Jon Snow is a British journalist and presenter. He has been the face of Channel 4 News since 1989.