December 7, 2010 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

CNYworking for a just peace in Palestine and Israel
is sponsoring a talk by Bashir Bashir, an Israeli Palestinian whose topic will be:
“Alternatives to Partition- New Visions for Israel/Palestine”

This talk will focus on the logic of partitioning the land, which has dominated the various attempts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Several developments in the last few years cast serious doubts regarding the feasibility of partition. This talk seeks to critically explore alternatives to partition in the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. More specifically, it seeks to examine feasible, reasonable, and fairly just alternatives to partition that would secure the national and individual rights, interests and identities of Arabs and Jews alike. While the merits of concrete proposals such as ‘parallel state structure’; single democratic state; and regional federation; will be briefly discussed, a special focus will be devoted to the proposal of “bi-nationalism.”

Mr. Bashir has a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Sociology and Anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a Research Fellow at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has taught Political Theory at the London School of Economics, Queen’s University (Canada), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  His primary research interests are democratic theories of inclusion, multiculturalism, civic education, conflict resolution and the politics of reconciliation, historical injustices, Palestinian nationalism, and Israeli politics.  Among Bashir’s publications is: Will Kymlicka and Bashir Bashir (eds.), The Politics of Reconciliation in Multicultural Societies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).