UOFMOSAIC@RYERSON UNIVERSITY 2011-2012 MIDDLE EAST DIALOGUE SERIES

Please join us for SESSION 2 of the MIDDLE EAST DIALOGUE SERIES : Palestinians Outside Palestine: Refugees, the "Right of Return", and Prospects for Peace

    Not all Palestinians in the Middle East live in Israel, Gaza or the West Bank. Many have been living for decades as either de facto or de jure refugees in other countries across the Middle East. Jordan, Lebanon and Syria - the major recipient countries of those Palestinians displaced in 1948 - have made starkly different efforts to integrate these generations of "refugees" into their own populations, with the result that standards of living and levels of opportunity for young Palestinians vary dramatically across the region. Meanwhile, many of those who were displaced continue to lay claim to a "right of return" to what has now been the state of Israel for some 63 years. What are the historical and legal bases for these claims, and what effect do they have on the prospect for the negotiation of a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace accord? Would a "two-state solution" provide a full answer to the Palestinians' claims of a "right of return"? If not, what are some of t he possible options open to negotiators from both sides that could amount to a workable solution? And, in the meantime, what should be done to help improve the living conditions facing so many Palestinians outside Palestine?

DATE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012

TIME: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

LOCATION: RYERSON UNIVERSITY - ENGINEERING BUILDING, ROOM 103

PANELISTS: Dr. MOSHE NAOR & FAIDA ABU-GHAZALEH

MODERATOR: ARNE KISLENKO, PROFESSOR AT RYERSON UNIVERSITY

**Please RVSP to **

uofmosaicryerson@gmail.com

AGENDA:

Introductions: 5 minutes

Presentation by each panelist: 10-12 minutes

Moderated conversation for all attendees: 1 hour

ABOUT THE 'UOFMOSAIC@RYERSON UNIVERSITY' INITIATIVE
The Ryerson University chapter of UofMosaic will host a dialogue series for Canadian students of Middle Eastern descent and for those interested in the ongoing Middle Eastern conflict during the 2011-12 school year. It will consist of three sessions between November and February. This will be an opportunity for 20-25 students to discuss how they can improve community relations in Canada, and what roles they can play in encouraging peace and promoting development in the Middle East. The dialogue aspires to be a space where common understanding is fostered by students' commitment to promoting healthy exchanges between diaspora communities in order to influence Canada's foreign policy, and to identify joint opportunities for grassroots peacebuilding.

Sponsored by The Mosaic Institute: http://www.mosaicinstitute.ca/


Nikita Patel & Sama Tarfy
Co-Presidents of UofMosaic@Ryerson University

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