CFP: From Truth to Redress: Realizing the Return of Palestinian Refugees
Zochrot's Bi-Annual International Conference in Tel Aviv
This year, Zochrot will hold its second international, multidisciplinary conference to discuss the Return of Palestinian refugees, with special emphasis on the transitional justice principles of acknowledgement, accountability and a joint Jewish-Palestinian process of redress. The issues discussed in this conference will focus on the implication of Return for the country's physical, cultural and socio-economic space, on the nature of its future society, the status of Palestinians and Jews living here, the political transition involved, and last but not least, the need to seek redress for the destruction of Palestinian life in the ensuing years. The conference will discuss the key question of how to realize a path of Return, while also proposing new models of transitional justice, reparations, and redress.
The hundreds of thousands of Palestinians deported or otherwise forced out of their homeland ever since 1947 have become refugees as a result of direct or indirect violence perpetrated by Zionist organizations, and later followed by the State of Israel, against civilian populations. From as early as 1948, the Israeli government has made it its official policy to prevent the Return of these refugees.
Now that sixty-five years have gone by since the Nakba and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, it is all the more urgent to promote the Jewish-Israeli public's acknowledgement and accountability for its part in the injustices of the ongoing Nakba, and to embrace the Return of Palestinian refugees as a necessary component of redress for the violence entailed in the Nakba.
Beyond the fact that the Right of Return is every refugee's basic human right, realizing the return of Palestinian refugees is a prerequisite for the country's decolonization, ending the conflict, doing justice, and creating an egalitarian civil society serving the interests of all its members. The objective of this conference is not to argue whether the Palestinian refugees have a right to return, but to seek proposals as to how this right can be realized and materialized in practical terms.
Zochrot calls for both paper and panel submissions on the following topics:
• Civil and state mechanisms of truth, reconciliation and accountability that may be practicable in the Palestinian-Israeli context.
• State models: the desirable and practicable regime and political structure after the Return.
• Models for creating new urban and rural community spaces for the returnees based on their communities of origin and current realities on the ground.
• Possible tracks for implementing procedures of returning property, reparations and redistribution of real-estate and other assets.
• Cultural and educational models for the pre- and post-Return society (trauma and healing, commemoration, symbols and languages, curricula).
The conference will be held in Tel Aviv in September 2013 (exact location and date to be publicized at a later date).
We would be happy to receive 250-word abstract submissions. Proposals may draw upon existing post-conflict models of transition and/or advocate for new models relevant to the Return of Palestinian refugees.
Proposals for lectures, round tables, panels and workshops will be received by May 15. For further details please contact Umar al-Ghubari at email@example.com.
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