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Webinars & Other Useful Resources

June 3, 2024 – 

The current dangerous situation in Gaza, with Peter Larson, Chair Ottawa Forum on Israel Palestine. After 7 weeks of continuous bombardment and starvation, Palestinians are not giving up. Peter Larson describes how we got here, and the prospects for the future.

May 14, 2024

Living in the hell of Gaza. Interview with 3 young people from Gaza all of whom have lost friends and family members to Israeli bombs. They discuss how their friends are surviving:  Ahmad Alnaouq, Yousef Aljamal and Karama Faddel.

Thursday, March 7th, 2024

“Why is Israel afraid of UNRWA?” With Dr. Lex Takkenberg. The Ottawa Forum on Israel Palestine and the Association of Palestinan Arab Canadians invite you to join a discussion with Dr. Lex Takkenberg on why UNRWA is so important to the Palestinian liberation struggle and why it should be defended against Israeli attempts to “kill’ it.

Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

“The Future of Palestine” with Palestinian poet, author, scholar and activists Samah Sabawi. The events of October 7th caused a chain reaction which has shaken the middle east. As a result, the issue of Palestine is now back and a search for solutions is under way. While the situation looks grim as Isrel massacres Palestinians in Gaza, Samah Sabawi, whose family is from Gaza reflects on the bigger picture.

January 17th,  2024

Dangerous words – a conversation with Rabbi David Mivasair. Words like “antisemitism”, “Zionism”, “indigenous” and “settler colonialism’ are frequently heard and often misused in discussions around the Israel/Palestine issue. David Mivasair and OFIP Chair Peter Larson discuss and compare.. 

November 23rd, 2023

Life in Gaza before and during Israeli bombing campaign. An open interview with Ahmed

Alnaouq, a young Palestinian man from Gaza, currently living in the UK whose whole family

wiped out by an Israeli bomb a month earlier.

November 16th, 2023

Israel/Gaza/Hamas – understanding the events of October 7 th , 2023 and its aftermath. Based on

the statement by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterrez that “The Hamas attacks didn’t come in

a vacuum”, Peter Larson gave a baseline summary history of Gaza and the growth and role of


November 9 and 16

Open conversation about Hamas/Israel/Gaza

Based on the statement by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterrez that “The Hamas attacks of October 7th 2023 didn’t come in a vacuum”, OFIP Chair Peter Larson gave a baseline summary history of Gaza and the growth and role of Hamas. Following that there was a good discussion – we answered over 20 very good questions

September 12, 2023

One democratic state – impossible dream or inevitable outcome? - With Dr. Ghada Karmi

The idea of Israelis and Palestinians living together in one democratic state seems farfetched to many. Palestinian author Dr, Ghada Karmi disagrees. We will ask her to explain why she thinks that One State is the ONLY democratic future for Palestine-Israel

August 3 2023

Is Israel coming unstuck?

As months of unprecedented massive demonstrations roil Israel, OFIP Chair Peter Larson, and advisory council member Arthur Milner discuss the current situation in Israel with long time Jerusalem resident Jeff Halper. Both the right wing parties and the opposition are focussed on politics within Israel, while the Palestinian question is all but ignored.

June 13, 2023

First hand report from the front lines in the West Bank

OFIP chair discusses with Byron Rempel-Burkholder who has just returned from nearly two months in Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah and elsewhere. He shared his observations and experiences. His overall impression from the Palestinians was one of discouragement. Many felt let down by Western countries (including Canada). Few of the Palestinians (or Israelis) he spoke to had any confidence in the idea of a two state solution. They seemed to be pointing toward a fight for equal rights in whatever state they find themselves in.

Sunday April 16th, 2023 

Special 75th Nakba Anniversary event with Zochrot

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, Peter Larson and Michael Bueckert introduce the work of Zochrot, an NGO based in Jaffa which focuses on educating Jewish Israelis about the Nakba.


Sunday March 19th, 2023 

A Stranger in My Own Land

With Fida Jiryis, Palestinian author 

In this webinar, Fida, a Palestinian refugee, spoke about her return to “Palestine” at the age of twenty-two, only to find that her home country had been transformed into “Israel” and that her experience as a Palestinian would now be one of living as "a stranger in her own land". This evocative and thoughtful conversation covered such important questions as: Where is "home" for those Palestinian refugees displaced by the Nakba? What tensions and challenges do Palestinians refugees experience when returning to a land which is now under firm Israeli military and political control?


Friday February 24th, 2023
Is Israel really a “settler colonial” enterprise?

A discussion/debate with Professor Michaël Séguin and Arthur Milner, Canadian author and playwright

Wednesday January 18th , 2023
Why does Amnesty International say that Israel itself is an apartheid state?

With Sami Abu Shehada, Palestinian citizen of Israel, former member of the Israeli Knesset and current leader of the Balad party


Monday December 5th , 2022
What’s Changed In Israel/Palestine?

Report Of An Exploratory Trip By A Joint Delegation From CJPME, OFIP, And UNJPPI

Tuesday September 13th, 2022

The Challenges of Journalism under Israeli Occupation

Tuesday May 10th, 2022

Lubna Shomali on the Tragedy of the Palestinian Refugees

Thursday, April 21st, 2022

Jonathan Cook on "Is it fair to call Israel an Apartheid State?"

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

What about Hamas?

Monday, December 6, 2021,
"Is now the time for Canada to recognize the State of Palestine?" – Debate organized by Canadian International Council with David Matas and Peter Larson

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
"Why does the UN always criticize Israel with Michael Lynk", UN special rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Six-Part Lecture Series: Israel/Palestine April 2017

Jerusalem – Between a Rock and a Hard Place (1 & 2)

May 11 2023

Is there still hope for a two state solution?

OFIP Chair Peter Larson and former Canadian Ambassador to Israel Jon Allen go head to head on this question. Allen argues that there is still time for a two state solution. Larson argues that while there might be hope for a two state “deal” it leaves too many issues on the table and can’t possibly be durable. The idea of a 2 state solution is a fantasy.


NOTE: This event was organized by the Canadian International Council.

Click here to Watch the Recording (requires a passcode: 2VIbNx?3

December 6th, 2023

Tarek Loubani  on working as a medical doctor at al Shifa hospital in Gaza.  A discussion with Canadian Palestinian medical doctor Tarek Loubani. A graphic description of what it is like to work as a medical doctor in Gaza, and in particular at the now destroyed Shifa hospital. 

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