Last updated on: 2/4/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Ibrahim Halawi, MSc Biography

Title:
Freelance Columnist for the Middle East Eye
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“With the symbolic recognition this week of the state of Palestine ‘alongside the state of Israel’ in the UK, the decades-long debate was fuelled again. The advocates of a two-state solution in the international community and the stubborn backers of the Oslo Accords are shining their shoes and vesting their suits.

In the meantime, a wise Palestinian-American theorist and intellectual is rolling in his grave. Edward Said said it long ago and it can’t be more accurate today: ‘The question, I believe, is not how to devise means for persisting in trying to separate them, but to see whether it is possible for them to live together as fairly and peacefully as possible’…

Said believed that the most important social feature for a successful one-state in Palestine is the practice of citizenship in a modern sense of the term. In other words, by sharing rights and responsibilities under a law that treats all as equal, citizenship prevails over ethnic and religious chauvinism. When the same privileges, resources, and opportunities are available to all, the legitimacy of nationalistic ideologies and exclusionary dogmas will be forever lost…

This humanistic alternative that Said and many other scholars from both sides argue for is the alternative to further outrageous colonial partition and/or continuous war.”

“In Memory of Edward Said: The One-State Solution,” Middle East Eye, Oct. 16, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Freelance Assistant Editor, al-Arab al-Jadeed, July 2015-present
  • Freelance Columnist, Middle East Eye, Sep. 2014-present
  • Political Columnist, al-Arab al-Jadeed, Apr. 2015-July 2015
  • Freelance Columnist, openDemocracy, Nov. 2014-Feb. 2015
  • Political Analyst, Islamist Gate Journal, June 2014-Sep. 2014
  • Freelance Writer, The Libyan Insider, Feb. 2014-July 2014
  • Editor-in-Chief, Mish Jareedi Newspaper, Feb. 2013-Oct. 2013
  • Chairperson, Alternative Student Movement, Lebanon, Nov. 2012-Aug. 2013
Education:
  • PhD candidate, Politics, Royal Holloway, University of London (UK) (expected graduation year 2017)
  • MSc, Contemporary Political Theory, Royal Holloway, University of London (UK), 2014
  • BSc, International Business and Political Science, Lebanese American University (Lebanon), 2013
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @ibrahimhalawi