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What hath Balfour wrought?* Answered by a Palestinian human rights lawyer

Wednesday, November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| $5

 What hath Balfour wrought?*
Answered by a Palestinian human rights lawyer

Venue: Friends House (The Quakers) Meeting Room
(60 Lowther at Bedford/Bloor)

A century ago this month, Arthur Balfour and the British government working with early Zionists laid the seeds of much of what unsettles the world today.  Almost biblical* in the scale of devastation of lands and people, the Balfour Declaration needs to be understood not just for its genesis but more importantly for where it has brought us.  Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian lawyer answers the question from a legal and human rights perspective.  Followed by Q&A conversation.

* The event title is taken as a play on the phrase “What hath God wrought” which occurs in Numbers, the fourth book of the Torah in the Old Testament.  It is the culmination of the Exodus story and where the Jews are to take possession of the land of Canaan.  The phrase occurs immediately before chapter 23, verse 24 – “Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.”

About Jonathan Kuttab
Jonathan Kuttab is a Palestinian attorney and human rights activist who grew up in East Jerusalem.  He graduated from University of Virginia Law School and is licensed to practice in three countries – New York, Israel, and Palestine. Jonathan has co-founded a number of human rights organizations including Al Haq, the first human rights organization in Palestine and Mandela Institute for Palestinian Prisoners.  He also co-founded several Palestinian civil society organizations including – the Palestinians Center for the Study of Nonviolence in Jerusalem and Operation Smile in Bethlehem.  He is co-founder of Nonviolence International in Washington, DC.  He is on the boards of Bethlehem Bible College and of Sabeel, a Palestinian Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem.  He was a member of the Legal Committee negotiating the Cairo Agreement of 1994 (aka Agreement on the Gaza Strip and the Jericho which led to Oslo II Accord).  Jonathan has written and published extensively on legal aspects of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine.  Jonathan is currently a visiting scholar at Osgoode Law School at York University.

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Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– $5 donation (suggested minimum)
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.