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'Towards Justice and Peace in the Middle East'


Join Initiatives of Change in a two-session online webinar 'Towards Justice and Peace in the Middle East.' on 1 June, 2024.

Moderated by International Council member Pilar Griffin, this virtual event features distinguished speakers who will critically examine the role of Britain and the West in the century-long conflict in Palestine / Israel and will explore paths to lasting peace.

Save the event date and times, learn more about our panelists and register today to confirm your participation!

Saturday, 1 June 2024

1st session: 13:00 - 15:00 UTC / GMT

2nd session: 15:30 - 17:30 UTC / GMT


Meet the Panelists - Session 1

Dr. Peter Shambrook
Peter Shambrook

The Times Literary Supplement describes Peter Shambrook’s book Policy of Deceit (Oneworld Academic, 2023) as a ‘forensic, fair-minded’ exposure of ‘how the British government broke its promises to the people of Palestine.’ Dr Shambrook holds a PhD in modern Middle Eastern history from Cambridge University, and has held several research positions including at Durham University and at the Centre for Lebanese Studies in Oxford. He is the historical consultant to The Balfour Project, and the author of French Imperialism in Syria, 1927–1936 (Ithaca Press, 1998). He lives in Durham.

Sir Vincent Fean
Sir Vincent Fean

Sir Vincent Fean is a retired British diplomat and former Ambassador. He served as High Commissioner to Malta (2002–06), Ambassador to Libya (2006–10), and Consul General, Jerusalem (de facto ambassador to the Occupied Palestinian Territories) from 2010 to 2014. After retirement he chaired the Balfour Project, which works to advance equal rights for all in Palestine/Israel. In recent years he has spoken and written extensively in the British media on how Britain could help towards a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.

Dr. Alon Liel
Dr. Alon Liel

Dr Alon Liel is the former director general of the Foreign Ministry of Israel and was also Israel's ambassador to South Africa. In 2014 he was an instigator of a campaign by Israeli academics and former diplomats to encourage European governments to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state, and has since worked assiduously for this recognition as a step towards justice and peace between Israel and Palestine.


Meet the Panelists - Session 2

Mr. Ilan Pappe
Prof. Ilan Pappe

Ilan Pappe is an Israeli historian and socialist activist. He is a professor of history at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, director of the university's European Centre for Palestine Studies, and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies.

He is the author of the bestselling The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oneworld), A History of Modern Palestine (Cambridge),

The Modern Middle East (Routledge), The Israel/Palestine Question (Routledge), The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel (Yale), The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge (Verso) and with Noam Chomsky, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians (Penguin). He writes for The Guardian and the London Review of Books among others.

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs
Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs is an American economist and public policy analyst, university professor at Columbia University. He is known for his work on sustainable development, the fight to end poverty, and the peaceful resolutions of global conflicts.

Sachs is Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

He is an SDG Advocate for United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 global goals adopted at a UN summit meeting in September 2015. He writes frequently in publications throughout the world calling for an end to the war in Gaza and the recognition of Palestinian statehood.


Maria del Pilar Griffin
Pilar Griffin

Pilar is an International Educational Consultant and a specialist in Conflict Resolution and Mediation with a Doctorate in Pedagogical Mediation and a Master's in International Law with an emphasis in Human Rights. She participated and facilitated dialogues among diverse community groups in the USA, Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Pilar is a Caux Scholars Alumni and Action for Life 2 participant.


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