February 6, 2010

In News The Israel-Palestine Conflict

Victor Kattan — Teaching Fellow at the Center for International Studies and Diplomacy at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies — is currently in the US on a tour to promote his new book From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1891-1949.

This is an elegant and forceful narrative by a young Palestinian scholar.

–Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Former UN Secretary-General

Readers, whatever their view of the Arab-Israeli conflict, will appreciate this lucid and scholarly work. Kattan explains how Jews and Palestinians were tragically caught up in the net of Great Power politics. His critique of Zionism, while robust, fully acknowledges the oppression that the Jews of Europe suffered through antisemitism, a subject that he treats with sensitivity and insight. This is one reason why, beyond explaining the origins of the conflict, this book could contribute to its resolution.

–Brian Klug, Senior Research Fellow and Tutor in philosophy at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford and a member of the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University

You can read more about Victor, including his articles and blog at his website

He will be speaking at the following universities on these dates where the book will be on sale at a 45 % discount:

International Human Rights Law Institute, De Paul University, Chicago, Thursday 4th February. 5pm

Center for Middle East Studies, University of Chicago, Friday 5th
February, 4pm

Center for Near East Studies, Princeton University, Mon 8 Feb, 12PM

Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, NYU, Tuesday 9 Feb, 12.30PM

Fordham Law School, Fordham University, Wed 10 Feb, 1245PM (this event is restricted to Fordham students unless you email Victor your details beforehand)

Middle East Center, Columbia University, 11 Feb, 1230PM

Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, University of Georgetown, 16 Feb, 1230PM

Washington College of Law, The American University, 17 Feb, 12PM

Carter Center & Emory University Law School, Thursday 18 Feb,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (with Noam Chomsky), Mon 22, 4.30PM

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, Tues 23 Feb, 4PM

Boston University Law School, Wed 24 Feb, 4pm

Yale University, Pierson College, Thursday 25 Feb, 4pm and 9pm