This was an open and robust one day conference discussing the role of faith in liberation struggles.
Date: 12 June 2005
Venue: Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Russell Square, London, WC1
Time: 10.15 a.m. – 6.45 pm
Religion, particularly in the Palestinian context, has been portrayed as a hindrance to peace and not as a methodology for liberation. This conference aimed to discuss the role religion plays in the lives of peoples’ struggling for justice, looking at other liberation struggles as well as the Palestinian cause.
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Key note speech:
Dr. Saied Reza Ameli, Institute for North America and European Studies – University of Tehran
[Download Slides: Universality of Liberation Theology]
Session One: The Right of Return
Chair: Mohammed Nasrin Nasir, Malaysia
Rabbi Yisroel Weiss, Neturei Karta USA spokesperson www.nkusa.org
Dr. Ilan Pappe, Haifa University
Rabbi Avri Cohen, Neturei Karta, Manchester, UK
Fr. Joe McVeigh, Belfast, Ireland
Session Two: The Right to Resist
Chair: Faisal Bodi, Newseditor, Islam Channel
Dr. Ghada Ramahi
Rima Fakhry, political council of Hizbullah, Beirut
Rev. Stephen Sizer, Guidlford, UK
Imam Muhammad Al-Asi, Washington D.C.
Session Three: Methods of Resistance
Chair: Dr. M. Saeed Bahmanpour, Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London
Sara Khorshid, from Islamonline, Cairo
Imam Achmad Cassiem, chair Islamic Unity Convention, Cape Town, South Africa
Message from Leah Tsemel, human rights lawyer, Jerusalem
Archmandrite Attallah Hanna, Jerusalem
The conference was organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission and NEDA
and supported by Islamic Unity Convention, Institute for Contemporary Islamic Thought, Neturei Karta, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Crescent International, Innovative Minds, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Committee, Muslim Association of Britain and the Justice for Palestine Committee