Venue: Auditorium A1, Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, 1202
In a 2017 study issued by a United Nations body to world-wide media attention, speaker Virginia Tilley and her co-author Richard Falk presented evidence that Israel is imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people. This finding obviously has grave implications for the entire international community, due to obligations imposed by international law to end such a regime. Yet it has equally serious implications for understanding the conflict’s resolution. In this talk on her continuing research, Dr. Tilley argues that recognizing the conflict as a crime of apartheid illuminates the inherent instability and legal inadmissibility of partition (two states) as a solution and that reunification (one state in all of Mandate Palestine) is the only solution consistent with international law and the inseparable goals of human rights, nondiscrimination, a just peace and international peace and security.
Virginia Tilley (MA in Contemporary Arab Studies, MA and PhD in Political Science) has studied the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for over thirty years, as part of her work on the comparative politics of ethnic conflict. In addition to numerous papers and essays, she is author of The One-State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2005); editor and co-author of Beyond Occupation: Apartheid, Colonialism and International Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (2012).
- Virginia Tilley, Professor of Political Science at Southern Illinois University, Illinois, United States
- Robert Roth, Director of the Geneva Academy and Professor of International Criminal Law at the University of Geneva
- Alaa Tartir, Associate Researcher and SANA Project Coordinator at the Small Arms Survey, Program Director of Al-Shabaka and CCDP Research Associate
- Riccardo Bocco, Professor of Political Sociology at the Graduate Institute and CCDP Faculty Associate