Jerusalem’s Future - United or Divided? A Yachad Event
Tuesday 19 Jun 12
Prebooked price £10; On the day £12
What happens to Jerusalem in a future peace agreement is at the heart of the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Understanding who lives there, where the borders are and what the possible outcomes are, is essential to grasping the conflict and why a resolution seems so elusive.
Join us for an evening with Nadav Greenberg and Danny Seidemann, two Jerusalem experts, to discuss both the political and human angle of the conflict in Jerusalem. After a presentation and screening of the film ‘ My Neighbourhood’, Nadav and Danny will participate in a Q and A with the audience.
Daniel Seidemann: is Israel’s leading expert on Jerusalem and the founder of Terrestrial Jerusalem , an Israeli non-governmental organization that works to identify and track the full spectrum of developments in Jerusalem that could impact either the political process or permanent status options, destabilize the city or spark violence, or create humanitarian crises. Danny has been a practicing attorney in Jerusalem and a partner in a firm specializing in commercial law since 1987. Since 1991, he has also specialized in legal and public issues in East Jerusalem. Since 1994, Mr. Seidemann has participated in numerous Track II talks on Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians. In 2000-2001, he served in an informal advisory capacity to the final status negotiations, serving as a member of a committee of experts commissioned by Prime Minister Barak's office to generate sustainable arrangements geared to implement the emerging political understandings with the Palestinians. Mr. Seidemann is frequently consulted by governmental bodies in Israel, Palestine and in the international community on matters pertaining to Israeli-Palestinian relations and developments in Jerusalem.
Nadav Greenberg: works for Just Vision, an organisation dedicated to documenting Palestinian and Israeli civilian efforts to resolve the conflict nonviolently. Nadav grew up in Israel, and received his B.A. with honors from Harvard University after completing his service in the Israeli Army. At Harvard, his studies focused on the intersection between politics and popular culture. He wrote his senior thesis on contemporary Israeli cinema, and the ways in which it reflects trends in modern Israeli society. During this time, Nadav also produced a short documentary film, Comfort Food, which explored the role of hummus in the context of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Nadav has also been involved extensively in conflict resolution efforts and human rights work. He is an active graduate of Seeds of Peace, an organization devoted to bringing together youth from areas of conflict, and has organized and participated in multiple joint Israeli-Palestinian activities in Israel and in the West Bank.
The film - My Neighbourhood: Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian boy growing up in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed turns 11, his family is forced to give up part of their home to Israeli settlers, who are leading a campaign of court-sanctioned evictions to guarantee Jewish control of the area. Shortly after their displacement, Mohammed’s family and other residents begin peacefully protesting against the evictions, determined not to lose their homes for good. In a surprising turn, they are quickly joined by scores of Israeli supporters. Among them is Jewish West Jerusalem resident Zvi Benninga and his sister Sara, who develop a strong relationship with Mohammed and his family as they take on a leading role in organizing the protests. Through their personal stories, My Neighbourhood goes beyond the sensational headlines that normally dominate discussions of Jerusalem and captures voices rarely heard.