Press release: Israel-Palestine Conflict: Religion, Violence and Peacebuilding

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What hope is there of a just, sustainable peace in Israel-Palestine in future?

Lecture centres on religious voices and leaders in Israel and Palestine. Discusses legacy of Britain’s promise of Palestine to three different groups in WW1

I would like to invite you to a lecture on The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Religion, Violence and Peacebuilding, by Professor Jolyon Mitchell at Gresham College / online tomorrow at 1pm.

In the lecture Professor Mitchell will discuss one of the world's most long-running conflicts. Drawing on original research with Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders and journalists in Israel-Palestine he will argue that religion can both incite violence and promote peace.

He will explore how religions contribute to contests over Jerusalem, and he will also hightlight how different religious traditions are working for different kinds of peace, how leaving religious leaders out of peace talks has hampered the chance for a just peace, and how during World War One Britain - "fighting a war of national survival - promised Palestine to three different groups: The Zionists, The Arabs, Themselves with the French. It was obviously impossible to deliver on their promises.”

In his lecture, Professor Mitchell - a former BBC World Service producer and journalist - will go on to look in depth at religious voices in Israel and Palestine seeking to promote peace and justice, will discuss the missing voices of women in those discussions, and will consider what those religious voices can teach us, “why religious peacebuilding matters” and “what hope is there for building a just, sustainable peace” in the future?


Notes to Editors

You can sign up to watch the hybrid lecture online or in person below; or email me for an embargoed transcript or speak to Professor Mitchell: Lucia Graves, Head of Communications (PR & Media): / 07799 738 439

Read more about Professor Jolyon Mitchell, who has written acclaimed books on Martyrdom, Religion and War.