Palestine in Perspective : A Hundred Years of Unfulfilment

02.02 2017 /
19h Pianofabriek. Rue du Fort 35, 1060 Bruxelles

Palestine in Perspective : A Hundred Years of Unfulfilment

Organisé par Café Palestine

jeudi 2 février à 19:00 — 21:00

La Fleur en Papier Doré

Rue des Alexiens 55, 1000 Bruxelles

Cafe Pales­tine is back for its first event in 2017 !

This year is of strong sym­bo­lic value for Pales­tine : it marks the 100th year of the Bal­four Decla­ra­tion, the 70th year of the UN par­ti­tion plan, and the 50th year of the occu­pa­tion. Much has hap­pe­ned during the past 100 years in Pales­tine, and, des­pite the conti­nuous and relent­less efforts that have been put for­ward by the Pales­ti­nian people to achieve jus­tice by the means of inter­na­tio­nal law, the lat­ter has pro­ved inef­fec­tive and unable to pro­vide Pales­ti­nians with even the basic rights they were and are entit­led to. Inter­na­tio­nal law, toge­ther with inter­na­tio­nal poli­tics, has ulti­ma­te­ly crea­ted a situa­tion whe­rein Pales­ti­nians are stuck bet­ween what is legal­ly fea­sible and what is fair and just. As the deter­mi­na­tion on how Pales­tine should have been sli­ced up was left to the Bri­tish impe­rial power, we need to go back to the Bal­four Decla­ra­tion, in order to disen­tangle the inex­tri­ca­bly lin­ked issues that have led to the cur­rent situation.

To dis­cuss the chal­lenges of 2017, we are wel­co­ming Azar Dak­war from the Brus­sels School of Inter­na­tio­nal Stu­dies. He will give us a fas­ci­na­ting talk on the gap that has been exis­ting since 1917 bet­ween what is legal­ly pos­sible and what is poli­ti­cal­ly just for Pales­tine and the Pales­ti­nian people. The pre­sen­ta­tion will be fol­lo­wed by a dis­cus­sion. The Café Pales­tine team is loo­king for­ward to wel­co­ming you at La Fleur en Papier Doré / Het Goud­blom­meke in Papier on Thurs­day, 2nd of Februa­ry at 19:00.

**More about Azar’s talk**

In this talk, Azar will tell the sto­ry of the ongoing construc­tion of “Pales­tine” (as ter­ri­to­ria­li­zed legal-poli­ti­cal enti­ty) and the “Pales­ti­nian people” through the mis­match bet­ween the inter­na­tio­nal legal dis­course and reso­lu­tions and the actual and impe­ra­tive poli­ti­cal-nor­ma­tive repre­sen­ta­tions, as they have been sha­ped and punc­tua­ted by key junc­tures of inter­na­tio­nal poli­tics and lega­li­ty (i.e., 1917, 1947, 1967, 1974, 1993, 2012). As such, he will argue that the past hun­dred years of the conflict have been pla­gued by signi­fi­cant, if not unbrid­geable, gap bet­ween the legal sta­tus of Pales­tine and its poli­ti­cal actua­li­ty in terms of the aspi­ra­tions of the Pales­ti­nian people — a gap bet­ween what is legal­ly avai­lable and what is poli­ti­cal­ly desi­rable and/or just. This gap, he contends, has pro­gres­si­ve­ly inter­lo­cked Pales­ti­nian poli­tics bet­ween tra­gi­cal­ly unfa­vou­rable balance of powers and per­sis­ting sense of and pur­suit for jus­tice. By the way of conclu­sion, he will offer a pro­vi­sio­nal concep­tual scheme that shall help us to think a way out of the legal-poli­ti­cal entrap­ment that the world powers have orches­tra­ted for Pales­tine and the Pales­ti­nian people since the Bal­four declaration.

**About Azar Dakwar**

Azar Dak­war star­ted his PhD in Poli­ti­cal and Social Thought in Sep­tem­ber 2016 at the Brus­sels School of Inter­na­tio­nal Stu­dies. He holds a BSc (Hons.) in cog­ni­tive sciences from the Hebrew Uni­ver­si­ty and his a Mas­ter degree in Public Poli­cy (with a the­sis in poli­ti­cal socio­lo­gy) from the Her­tie School of Gover­nance in Berlin.

For the past five years, he has wor­ked as a research and edi­ting assis­tant to social scien­tists and poli­ti­cal theo­rists and was a tea­ching assis­tant (in stra­te­gic thin­king and public poli­cy) and then a lec­tu­rer (of public poli­cy) at Bir­zeit Uni­ver­si­ty. Also, he wor­ked for about 3 years, in various capa­ci­ties and posi­tions, for Sik­kuy — The Asso­cia­tion for the Advan­ce­ment of Civic Equa­li­ty. In addi­tion, Azar has been an inter­na­tio­nal fel­low at the Bru­no Kreis­ky Forum for Inter­na­tio­nal Dia­logue in Vien­na since 2014, and was awar­ded its Fel­low­ship Grant in 2015 (March-Sep­tem­ber).

Azar takes aca­de­mic inter­est in the nexus of cri­ti­cal social and poli­ti­cal phi­lo­so­phy and poli­ti­cal theo­lo­gy and anthro­po­lo­gy of secularism.

Some of his publi­ca­tions can be read at :

The events at “Het Goud­blom­meke in Papier” are orga­ni­zed with the sup­port of vzw Geert van Bruaene.