How will peace come to Israel and Palestine?

14 October 2008

Dr Sara Roy from Harvard University will speak at Sydney Ideas on Tuesday.
Dr Sara Roy from Harvard University will speak at Sydney Ideas on Tuesday.

In the public lecture titled "Beyond Occupation? Examining the new reality in Israel and Palestine", the US-born and raised academic and author will discuss the impact of these shifts and what part the international community has played.

According to Dr Roy, a senior research scholar at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, Palestinians "have suffered losses not seen since the beginning of Israeli occupation in 1967, and arguably since the losses of 1948".

Dr Roy said these losses can be summed up by "Israel's continued occupation of Palestinian lands, perhaps most vividly expressed in the widespread expansion of Israeli settlements and the isolation of the West Bank and Gaza."

She believes these economic and social shifts have undermined the possibility of achieving a "meaningful and politically and economically sustainable" resolution of the conflict.

Dr Roy, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, is a trained political economist and since 1985 has conducted research primarily on the economic, social and political development of the Gaza Strip and US foreign aid to the region. She is the author of more than 100 publications dealing with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict including 2007's Failing Peace, which drew on more than 2000 interviews and extensive first-hand experience to chronicle the impact of Israeli occupation over a generation.

Dr Roy is primarily in Australia to deliver the University of Adelaide's Edward Said Memorial Lecture. The late Said, one of the most well-known Palestinian intellectuals who died in 2003, has described Dr Roy as "humanely committed" to achieving peace in Israel, "in ways that are unmatched by any other non-Palestinian scholar."

In addition to Failing Peace, Dr Roy is the author of The Gaza Strip: The Political Economy of De-development (1995, 2001) and the editor of The Economics of Middle East Peace: A Reassessment (1999). She is currently working on her new book Between Extremism and Civism: Political Islam in Palestine. Dr Roy has served as a consultant to international and human rights organisations, the US Government, private voluntary organisations and business groups in the Middle East.

Event details:
What: "Beyond Occupation? Examining the New Reality in Israel and Palestine" - Dr Sara Roy at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international public lecture series.
When: 6.30pm on Tuesday, 14 October, 2008
Where: Seymour Theatre Centre, Cnr of City Road and Cleveland Street, University of Sydney. Free tickets are available for Sydney University students and staff at the Seymour Theatre box office. Please bring ID.
Cost: $20/$15 concession
Bookings: Phone (02) 9351 7940 or go to or the
Sydney Ideas website.

Contact: Mandy Sacher

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