Jerusalem: from Past Divisions to a Shared Future?

Below you will find both audio and video recordings, as well as transcripts, of each session of our Online Conference on 27 October 2020.

Click here for conference brochure.

For hundreds of millions of followers of the three Abrahamic faiths around the world Jerusalem is a sacred city. Being able to access freely its holy places is for them of primordial importance. And, for Palestinians, East Jerusalem must be the capital of their future state. Putting the city back on the table is the purpose of this major conference. Inclusive, not exclusive, solutions will be sought by a range of distinguished expert speakers.

Welcome: Sir Vincent Fean (BP Chair of Trustees)
Video Message from HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
Session I: History
Chair: Andrew Whitley (BP Trustee)
Keynote Speaker: Avi Shlaim
Panellists:Menachem Klein, Mick Dumper, Salim Tamari

Click here to view Salim Tamari’s slides, including Ottoman maps.

Session II: International Law and Human Rights
Chair: John McHugo (BP Trustee)
Keynote Speaker: Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Panellists: Iain Scobbie, Daniel Seidemann & Victor Kattan

Session III: Religion and Holy Sites
Chair: Bishop Michael Doe (BP Executive Committee)
Keynote Speaker: Daniel Seidemann
Panellists: Imam Monawar Hussain, Bishop Christopher Chessun, Rabbi Jeremy Gordon

Session IV: Contemporary Realities and Plans to Share the City
Chair: Dr Imad Karam (BP Trustee)
Keynote Speaker: Daniel Levy
Panellists: Ariel Caine, Rula Salameh, Yudith Oppenheimer

Session V: Britain’s Role in the Coming Years
Chair: Sir Vincent Fean
Keynote Speaker: Rt Hon Alistair Burt
Panellists: Julie Elliott MP (Labour), Tommy Sheppard MP (SNP), Rt Hon Baroness Lindsay Northover (LibDem)

Session VI: Questions and Answers
Moderated by Ian Black
Panellists: Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Daniel Seidemann, Daniel Levy, Rula Salameh, Sir Vincent Fean

Closing Remarks and Statement
HE Khaled Al-Duwaisan -Kuwaiti Ambassador to the UK
Sir Vincent Fean

Click here for the transcript of HE Khaled Al-Duwaisan’s speech.

Click here to read the statement.

Click here or the image below to download the conference brochure to see the schedule, bios and more.

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