Reflections on the 'Peace Industry' and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Noam Rabinovich & Enass Al-Bitr, Olive Tree Programme, City University
Chair: Reverend Samuel McBratney, Lecturer in Religion & Social Ethics, EDU; Pastoral Adviser to the Olive Tree Programme & University Faith Adviser
The speakers, Israeli Noam Rabinovich and Palestinian Enass Al-Bitar, were born and brought up on opposite sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Noam served in the Israeli army, Enass lived with her family under blockade in the Gaza Strip, before both of them wound up in London two years ago, as students at City University. Selected for scholarships under the University's Olive Tree Programme both are now entering the third and final year of their BSc degrees (Noam in International Politics; Enass in Business Management).
In addition to their London experiences, each of these young women have visited the United States, on sponsored programmes designed to introduce them to US life and politics and promote their engagement in Middle East peace-making at the same time. Based on their own direct experiences, Enass and Noam will offer their reflections on the nature of conflict in the Middle East and the pros and cons of what has become known as 'the peace industry' in and around that conflict.