Past Events

RECORDED TALKS AND CONFERENCES

Sophie Bridger on Education Under Occupation – Eyewitness Testimony from the West Bank – July 2021

Mapping Palestine: an online exhibition – July 2021

Tinderbox Q&A with Gillian Mosely, Robert Cohen and Tim Llewellyn – June 2021

Eugene Rogan – Neither Pro-Zionist nor Pro-Arab but Pro-Empire: A Re-assessment of British Policy in the Palestine Mandate – June 2021

Israel/Palestine: in search of the rule of law, 2 day conference – May 2021

Nadia Hijab on Moving Beyond Statehood Debates and on to How We Get ThereMay 2021

John Lyndon – Northern Ireland & Israel/Palestine: what two differing paradigms can teach us about conflict resolution – April 2021

Rev Dr Munthur Isaac – Christian Zionism as Imperial TheologyMarch 2021

Raja Shehadeh – Britain and Palestine, a family history – March 2021

Palestinian lawyer and award winning author Raja Shehadeh, using recently discovered papers from his father, gives a fascinating talk about Britain’s role in Palestine around the end of the Mandate

Arabella Dorman – The Audacity of Hope – February 2021

Internationally acclaimed artist Arabella Dorman hosts an illustrated talk about her journey as a war artist across the Middle East and Afghanistan over the past 15 years.

Ardi Imseis – Unfinished Business: Why the United Kingdom Must Now Recognise the State of Palestine – January 2021

Dr. Ardi Imseis, Assistant Professor of Law, Faculty of Law at Queen’s University, Canada and former UN legal advisor discusses factors that capture the prevailing situation for a two-state settlement to be achieved.

In Conversation with Leila Sansour – December 2020

Palestinian/British film director Leila Sansour shares “Open Bethlehem” – a film where she spent 10 years both documenting the encapsulation of Bethlehem and also mounting a campaign to save the city.

Sir Vincent Fean – How will the US Presidential Elections Affect the Israel/Palestine Conflict? – November 2020

Retired diplomat and former British Consul General in Jerusalem, Sir Vincent Fean gives a compelling talk of his opinion of how the US election results will affect the circumstances in Palestine/Israel.

Jerusalem: From Past Divisions to a Shared Future? – October 2020

An all-day conference from the history to the future of the Holy City of Jerusalem by several respected historians, politicians, and faith leaders.

Ian Black on Unseen question? Zionism and the Palestinians under the British Mandate – October 2020

British journalist Ian Black, a visiting senior fellow at the Middle East Centre, LSE, gives a comprehensive talk on the Zionist attitudes during the British Mandate. 

Former Israeli Ambassador Dr. Alon Liel – Is the failed formal annexation attempt a regional turning point? – September 2020

Dr Alon Liel is a former director-general of the Foreign Ministry of Israel and was also Israel’s ambassador to South Africa. Dr Liel outlines in this talk some of the current Israeli Government strategies and explains the illegality of annexation.

Tim Llewellyn on The Crafting of the News: the British media and the Israel-Palestine Question – August 2020

British freelance writer and former BBC’s Middle East Correspondent in Beirut, Tim Llewellyn, analyses the British media’s coverage of the Israel – Palestine conflict.

Toppling Balfour, a talk by Sarah Helm – July 2020

Sarah Helm, a British journalist and non-fiction writer, who also worked as a correspondent for The Sunday Times and The Independent, expresses  colonial enterprise behind  the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. 

John McHugo on Why Britain has a Special Responsibility to the Palestinian People Today – June 2020

John McHugo, Trustee of the Balfour Project, international lawyer, and historian elaborates  on the historic responsibility of Britain leaving Mandate Palestine in chaos.

Andrew Whitley on The UN, Britain and Palestine/Israel – 1947 to Present Day – June 2020

Former Policy Director and Interim Chief Executive of The Elders, Founder and executive director of Geo-Political Advisory Services (GPAS), Andrew Whitley, talks about the historical background to present, the situation of the Jewish and Palestinian people, and what the UN and UK contribute to the Israel – Palestine conflict.

Screening with Q&A – Britain in Palestine: 1917-1948 – May 2020

Sir Vincent Fean on Palestine/Israel: Britain’s role, then and now – April 2020

Sir Vincent Fean, a retired diplomat, former British consul general to Jerusalem, and Balfour Project Trustee discusses the British accountability over the Palestine-Israel conflict from past to present-day.


IN PERSON EVENTS AND CONFERENCES

Tragedy in Gaza: Britain’s Legacy, Scotland’s RoleThe Balfour Project held conferences at Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities to examine Britain’s historical responsibility for this tragedy, and to explore what our Government and civil society can do now to advance equal rights for all who live between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. March 2019

Britain Palestine Israel – 70 years onA conference of the Balfour Project in partnership with King’s College London held in Kings College May 2018

Report of Britain’s Broken Promise: Time for a New Approach – A public meeting of 1,200 people at Central Hall Westminster on at the centenary of the Balfour Declaration politicians from all parties call on the British Government to recognise Palestine as a sovereign state. October 2017

Palestine, Britain and the Balfour Declaration: Dr Peter Shambrook Lecture given at the Middle East Monitor conference Palestine Britain and the Balfour Declaration, London Oct 7th 2017 October 2017

Mahatma Gandhi and the Wounds of History: Palestine, India and the British Empire in the 20th century : Professor Rajmohan Gandhi – Rajmohan Gandhi, a historian and a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, at a talk to 170 people in the House of Commons. The event was sponsored by the Rt Hon Tom Brake MP, the Duke of Montrose, Ian Murray MP, Dr Philippa Whitford MP and the Balfour Project April 2017

How will we mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration – November 2016

Balfour Declaration Centenary, 2017: towards constructive commemoration Balfour Project conference at Southwark Cathedral, which was organised with the support of the Dean and Chapter October 2016

‘Britain in Palestine’ shown in UK Parliament –Parliamentarians from all four of Britain’s main political parties sponsored a showing of ‘Britain in Palestine, 1917-1948’ in The Attlee Suite – one of the main conference suites in the British Parliament. May 2016

Britain and Palestine: past history & future role – Balfour Project’s annual conference with people from places as far apart as Omagh, Norwich, Somerset, Inverness, Salisbury and Edinburgh, reflected on Britain’s responsibilities, past and present, for today’s situation in Israel/Palestine.October 2015

Summaries of Durham Conference – October 2015

Talk by Sir Vincent Fean, recently retired UK Consul General in Jerusalem, at the Balfour Project annual conference – October 2015

The Balfour Project comes to the Scottish Parliament Balfour Project presented a 3 day exhibition on Britain’s historic involvement in Palestine at the invitation of the Scottish Parliament .January 2015

Commemorating the 97th Anniversary of the Balfour DeclarationReport of Balfour Project conference, Britain in Palestine 1917-1948 in St John’s College, Oxford, October 2014

Perfidious Albion: Britain’s broken promises: the Balfour Declaration (1917) and its impact on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict: what are our responsibilities today?Lecture was given by Professor Mary Grey in the URC Church, Crondall, Northumberland for their Peace and Reconciliation centre, September 2014

Healing the Wounds of History: Looking at the Balfour Declaration with New Eyes – October 2013

Evaluating the Balfour Declaration: Breaking the Deadlock in the Middle East – May 2013

Broken promises: Britain in Palestine – November 2012