Round Table Discussion: Israel at 60, coming of age

Louise Ellman, Jonathan Freedland, Sari Nusseibeh, David Cesarani

24/02/2008 3:00 pm

A lively debate which went beyond the current issues and will looked at some of the really major questions that can only be approached with a sense of perspective: antisemitism and islamophobia, paralleled by hatred of Israel and fear of the Arab world; the multiplication of diasporas as a result of globalization; the growth of fundamentalism and ultra-orthodoxy; powerlessness and empowerment.

Louise Ellman

Louise Ellman is a current member of the Transport Select Committee, a Vice President of the Local Government Association and a Board member of Liverpool Capital of Culture. She is Chair of Labour’s Regeneration Group; Joint Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Trafficking. the Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement and Vice Chair of Labour Friends of Israel and has been an active spokeswoman in Parliament on issues relating to transport, local government and the Middle East.

Jonathan Freedland

Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian and is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series The Long View as well as the co-host (with the Israeli journalist Yonit Levi) of Unholy, a weekly podcast. He has written twelve books, the latest of which is The Escape Artist: the Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World.

Sari Nusseibeh

Sari Nusseibeh is a leading Palestinian intellectual and political figure. He was the PLO’s chief representative in Jerusalem in 2001 and 2002. He is now president of Al Quds University, the only Arab university in Jerusalem. He recently published his memoir, Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life

David Cesarani

David Cesarani is Research Professor in History at Royal Holloway, London. The author of several prize-winning books, he has advised many institutions, NGOs and government bodies on Holocaust and post-Holocaust issues