Faceoff

Arguably the most debated and awaited session of our Israel, Palestine & International Law symposium: the Sunday, 9 a.m. presentation by pro-Israel lawyer David Matas (B’Nai Brith Canada’s senior legal counsel), followed by a response from UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian Territories, Michael Lynk.

The concept was that Matas would deliver an ~40-min. talk, followed by a ten-minute response by Lynk and then questions for Matas from the floor. But events transpired otherwise. David Matas and Michael Lynk ended up sitting side by side, fielding questions from a highly passionate but polite and welcoming roomful of Winnipeggers — and a few outsiders.

Read the full text of David Matas’ presentation, listen to and watch Michael Lynk’s response, then his Q&A with David Matas at the links below: