The Convivencia Declaration: Jewish Perspectives


The speakers will be:

Ronnie Kasrils: a descendent of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania who settled in South Africa at the end of the 19th Century. He joined the African National Congress led liberation movement against apartheid at the time of the infamous Sharpeville massacre of peaceful protesters in 1960 at the age of 21 and became a member of the armed struggle rising to a senior leadership position. After the collapse of Apartheid he served as a minister in the democratic government from 1994 to 2008.

Speaking on: Apartheid and resolution in South Africa and Israel/Palestine – important similarities and differences

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi: media officer of Jewish Voice for Labour, recently elected to the National Executive Committee of the UK Labour Party and then expelled from membership.

Speaking on: A multiplicity of Jewish voices – how Jews who support the Convivencia vision have fought back against attempts to portray all Jews as identifying with the Israeli state and therefore all criticism of Israel as antisemitic.

Prof. Daniel Boyarin: Present Appointment: Hermann P. and Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric, University of California at Berkeley (emeritus), Professor of the Graduate School.

Speaking on: The idea of national vitality without sovereignty. It will be drawn from my forthcoming (very soon insha’Allah) book: The No State Solution: a Jewish Manifesto (YUP 2023)

Prof. Hagit Borer was born in Israel and left in 1977 to study in the USA. She is at present a professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London, and a member of the British Academy. During the last 5 decades she has been an activist, a lecturer and a writer on behalf of peace with Justice in the Middle East. She was on board the boat The Audacity of Hope which tried to break the Gaza siege in 2011.

Speaking on: attitudes toward Palestine, Palestinians and the continuing occupation in the Jewish-Israeli society past and present, and on ramifications of the recent change of government in Israel.

The meeting will be chaired by Prof. Haim Bresheeth-Zabner, SOAS, London, JNP and Convivencia Alliance.

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