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The Politics of Procedure Palestinians and the Peel Commission, 1936-1937

2120 Francis Scott Key Hall
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM

In the wake of the Arab Revolt in Palestine (1936 to 39), the British government established the Peel Commission with the charge to recommend a solution for the conflict between Palestinians and Zionists in the Mandate state. Join us in a presentation that examines how Palestinian and Jewish leaders engaged with issues such as: What should the commission’s terms of reference be? In which order should witnesses give testimony to the commission? Should testimony be given in camera or in public? The talk will explain precisely how Palestinian leaders ended up being excluded from procedural discussions that often had implications beyond mere mechanics. This in turn helps us understand one important reason why the commission was never a space of real political possibility for the Palestinians.

The presentation will be given by Dr. Laila Parsons from McGill University and hosted by The Graduate Field Committee for Middle East Studies, the Department of History, and the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to gruss@umd.edu.