Twenty-five years after the historic Oslo Accords between Israel and Palestine, a two-state solution is no longer feasible. This being the case, what is the solution?  What are we as Canadian civil society called to do?  What is the responsibility of the Canadian government under domestic and international law?

Comox Valley residents interested in Middle East current affairs will have a unique opportunity to hear what is happening currently on the ground in Palestine from a respected international human rights lawyer.  Jonathan Kuttab will address the topic, “New Thinking for Post-Oslo-Palestine: Challenges & Opportunities.”

The talk will take place at Wednesday, October 3rd at 7 pm at the Comox United Church, 250 Beach Drive, Comox.  Admission is by donation; proceeds will benefit Just Peace Advocates, a Canadian-based international human rights law not-for-profit organization.

A leading social justice advocate and human rights lawyer licensed to practice in Palestine, Israel and New York, Kuttab graduated with his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from Virginia Law School. After practicing a few years on Wall Street, Jonathan returned to his home in East Jerusalem. In 1979, Kuttab cofounded Al Haq, the first international human rights legal organization in Palestine. Later he co-founded the Palestinian Center for the Study of Non-Violence (now Violence International) and also founded the Mandela Institute for Prisoners. In 1994, he served as part of the legal team for the Cairo agreement that resulted in the Oslo II Accord.

A  Palestinian Christian, Kuttab is past chair of the West Bank’s Bethlehem Bible College and serves on the board of the Sabeel Ecumenical Theology Center. Kuttab was visiting scholar at Osgoode Law School at York University in Toronto in the fall of 2017, and is a founding director of Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement pour une Paix Juste.

Kuttab’s appearance on Vancouver Island is co-sponsored by Mid-Islanders for Justice & Peace in the Middle East, the Comox United Church Social Justice & Outreach Committee and Al Haq.  FMI:  250-331-9391.

Judy Goldschmidt

Mid-Islanders for Justice & Peace in the Middle East (MIJPME)