This House Believes A Two-State Solution in the Middle East is Unattainable

Thursday  19 May  2016  8:30 PM    Thursday  19 May  2016 10:00 PM
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***This event is only open to members of the Oxford Union. All members will be asked to check in bags to a cloakroom before entering the event, so please avoid bringing excess bags where possible.***


Manal Cheema, Pembroke College:
Second-year PPE student, on a year abroad from Tufts University where she studies Politics and Cognitive & Brain Sciences.

Gideon Levy:
Award-winning columnist for Haaretz whose writing focusses on the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Some consider him a heroic journalist, and others a propagandist for Hamas.

Salma Karmi-Ayyoub:
Criminal barrister and external consultant for Al Haq, a Palestinian human rights organisation. She is also Co-Chair of the British legal charity, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights.

Prof. Padraig O’Malley:
A specialist in divided societies, he was instrumental in the
Northern Ireland peace process. He recently published
"The Two-State Delusion: Israel and Palestine – A Tale of Two Narratives."


Sam Sussman, Pembroke College:
The founder of Extend, an NGO which facilitates conversations between American Jewish leaders and Palestinians. He is studying for an M.Phil in International Relations.

Yiftah Curiel:
Head Spokesperson of the Israeli Embassy in London. He is a vocal critic of the BDS movement, and has described Hamas as the biggest single barrier to peace in Gaza.

John Lyndon:
Executive Director of OneVoice, an international grassroots movement which supports a two-state solution by amplifying the voices of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians.

Prof. Raphael Cohen-Almagor:
An Israeli academic, he has vocally expressed his support for a two-state solution, and was involved with the campaign which exchanged the captured Gilad Shalit for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.


This ballot will close at 12:00 on Tuesday 17th May.

The prizes for this week's best debate floor speeches will be:
•Main Debate First Prize: Overnight stay with complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea for 2 at the Old Bank Hotel.
•Main Debate Second Prize: 6-week membership to Willows Leisure & Spa.
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