EVENT: Russell Tribunal on Palestine, NYC This Weekend

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) will be holding its fourth international session in New York City on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7. It will take place in the Great Hall at Cooper Unionlocated at 7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003.

The RToP is an International People’s Tribunal created in response to the international community’s inaction regarding Israel’s recognized violations of international law. The Tribunal aims to bring attention to the complicity and responsibility of various national, international and corporate actors in the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the perpetuation of Israel’s impunity under international law. Although the RToP has no legal status, like other Russell Tribunals on Vietnam, Chile and Iraq, its legitimacy comes from its universality and the strength that it draws from the will of citizens and the support of international personalities who advocate for an end to the Israeli occupation and Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights.

Following the sessions in Barcelona (which focused on EU complicity), London (on Corporate Complicity) and Cape Town (on the crime of Apartheid), the New York Tribunal will go back to the root of the conflict and focus on UN and US responsibility in the denial of the Palestinian right to self-determination.

Please contact rtop.nyc@gmail.com with any questions. Further information regarding location and on-site registration will be announced a week before the Tribunal. For more information on the Tribunal, please see: http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com/en/.)


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.


9.00    AM  Doors Open

10.00 AM Introductory Remarks: Pierre Galand and Stephane Hessel


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


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


5.30 PM: END OF DAY 1


Day Two: Sunday, 7 October 2012

9.00 AM Doors Open


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 PMFinal Remarks




Day Three: Monday, 8 October 2012

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


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