The Palestinian endeavors for statehood: a diplomatic intifada or the last breaths of the two-state solution?
After a two-year paralysis in negotiations with Israel, the Palestinian Authority is planning to gain recognition for a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital from the UN General Assembly on the 20th of September 2011. This public lecture aims to answer some of the big questions relating to this: What drove the Palestinian leadership to take this step? Why September? Is this move backed by the Palestinians on popular and organizational levels? What are the positions of Israel, USA, the Arabs and other regional and international players on the issue of statehood. What are the possible scenarios of this move on the future of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? To what extent has The Arab Spring affected the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN?
Yousef Alreemawi is a Melbourne-based Palestinian academic, translator, radio producer and refugee-activist. Like most the Palestinian refugees, Yousef has never been to Palestine but yet, he feels deeply connected to Palestine; land and people. Yousef's identity and interests were greatly shaped by his father; Dr. Ahmad Alreemawi who has been in the fields of history, poetry and diplomacy for more than 4 decades.
In 2004, Yousef founded Palestine Remembered; Australia's only radio program that is totally dedicated to the Palestinian cause in English. The show continues to air on Community Radio 3CR (855 AM) from 8:30-9:00 am on Wednesdays.
In his coverage of the plight of some stateless Palestinian–Iraqis who fled the war in Iraq, Yousef initiated a campaign on his show in 2007 to provide language and legal support for this group of refugees to legally apply for resettlement in Australia. This campaign developed to become the Australian Society for the Palestinian-Iraqi Refugees Emergency (ASPIRE), which in 2009 - with the help and endorsement of Amnesty International - was successful in lodging applications on behalf of 16 families (68 people) to resettle in Australia on humanitarian basis.
Yousef currently works as a Lecturer in Arabic at The University of Melbourne.
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