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Does Winning the Legitimacy War Help the Palestinian Struggle?

Chatham House, London

Participants

Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian Human Rights
Chair: Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy Studies and Director, Olive Tree Programme, City University

Overview

The speaker will argue that conventional thinking has for decades maintained the view that a solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict could only come about through traditional diplomatic negotiations. He will argue that, after repeated false starts by this 'peace process' and seemingly irreversible 'facts on the ground' as a result of the Israeli settlement process, it is time to think along different lines. He will explain how attention needs to be shifted to the ongoing 'legitimacy war' being fought to achieve the moral high ground, based on support from public opinion, international law and symbolic non-violent forms of coercion such as boycott and divestment. He will also argue that since the Lebanon war of 2006, the Palestinians have been winning this legitimacy war, which, unlike violent resistance, is global in scope and not confined to the territory associated with the conflict.

This event is held in association with Middle East Monitor

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