About the Symposium

Qalandia checkpoint, north of Jerusalem

The Israel, Palestine and International Law symposium convened at the Hotel Fort Garry, in Winnipeg, Manitoba between the evening of Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, and noon on Sunday, Sept 9. The event exceeded everyone’s expectations, with over a hundred in attendance.

To hear audio, watch video and read presentation text, visit our Recordings & Resources page.

Keynote and panel sessions tackled:

  • Applicability of the 4th Geneva Convention (1949) and international human rights law to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza
  • Legal status of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem
  • The Israeli ‘apartheid’ question
  • The Palestinian ‘right of return’ under international law — is there such a right?
  • What are the rights and duties of the Palestinian people and their leaders under international law?
  • The jurisdiction of the United Nations, the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice
  • The gap between legal principles and state actions; the ‘system of impunity’
  • Canada’s legal obligations under the UN Charter and other instruments of international law
  • What role should international law play in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian ‘Peace Process’?

The Israel, Palestine and International Law symposium was sponsored by (alphabetical order): Independent Jewish Voices Canada, Mennonite Church Manitoba Working Group on Palestine-Israel, Palestinian Canadian Congress, Peace Alliance Winnipeg, United Jewish People’s Order (Winnipeg) and the Winnipeg Centre Federal Green Party Association.

All images by David Kattenburg.