NEW YORK SESSION of THE RUSSELL TRIBUNAL on PALESTINE

US Complicity and UN failings in Dealing with Israel’s Violations of International Law Towards the Palestinian People’

New York, 6 & 7 October 2012

Day One: Saturday, 6 October 2012

Jury Members: Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Cynthia McKinney, Mairead Maguire, Stephane Hessel, Ronnie Kasrils, John Dugard, Dennis Banks, Michael Mansfield QC, Judge Martin Pallin, Miguel Angel Estrella, Roger Waters.

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9.00    AM  Doors Open

10.00 AM Introductory Remarks: Pierre Galand and Stephane Hessel

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1. Introduction

10.30 AM Ilan Pappe: The Birth of Zionism and its Impact on the Palestinians: From Dispossession to Occupation

11.10 AM Break

11.30 AM Peter Hansen: United Nations’ Involvement in Palestine: From Mandate to Present

12.10 PM Ben White: Israeli policies Since 1948

12.40 PM Lunch

2:00   PM Huwaida Arraf: Israel’s Violations of International Law

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II. The Role of the United Nations in the Obstruction of Palestinians’ right to Self Determination

2.30 PM John Quigley: The Establishment of a Palestinian State

3.00 PM Vera Gowlland-Debas: The United Nations: What is the legal responsibility of an Intergovernmental Organization?(Historical perspective)

3.30 PM Break

4.00 PM Vera Gowlland-Debas: The United Nations: What is the legal responsibility of an Intergovernmental Organization? (Current)

4.30 PM Susan Akram: Palestinian Refugees and the United Nations

5.00 PM Raji Sourani : The Case of Gaza

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5.30 PM: END OF DAY 1

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Day Two: Sunday, 7 October 2012

9.00 AM Doors Open

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III. The role of the US in supporting Violations of Palestinian Rights

10.00 AM Diana Buttu: The US’s Role in Palestine & the Middle East

10.30 AM Katherine Gallagher: UN Vetoes and Military Aid

10.55 AM Break

11.25 AM  Noam Chomsky: US-Israel-Palestinians: Retrospect and Prospect

12.00 PM  David Wildman: Christian Zionism and the Israel Lobby

12.25 PM   Lunch

IV. Ways forward

1.45   PM Phyllis Bennis: US Civil Society and International NGOs

2.10   PM Gianfranco Fattorini: The Human Rights Council

2.35   PM Gus Massiah: International Civil Society

3.00  PM Break

V. Is there a case for sociocide?

3.20 PM Johan Galtung: What is Sociocide?

4.00 PM William Schabas: From Vow to Law: How can Prohibition of Sociocide Become an International Norm?

4.30 PM Russell Means: The Sociocide of the Native Americans

5.00 PM Saleh Hamayel: A Palestinian Sociocide?

5.30 PM Final Remarks

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END OF DAY 2

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Day Three: Monday, 8 October 2012

9.30 AM Press Conference at 777 United Nations Plaza:  Jury will Present Findings

 

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