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Walid Khalidi

One Century after World War I and the Balfour Declaration: Palestine and Palestine Studies

[Following the disturbances in Tel Aviv in November 1945, a Palestinian constable acts as an interpreter for the officer in charge of a British Army patrol on the streets and warns people against remaining in the area. Image by No 1 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Meek F (Sgt)]

We meet today to celebrate the second anniversary of the establishment of the SOAS Centre for Palestine Studies. I am honoured to have been asked to deliver this first Annual Lecture. It is deeply gratifying to be addressing you on this occasion in the name of a sister institution—Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS)—which has just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary as an independent, private, non-partisan, non-profit, public service research institute. We at IPS look ...

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Walid Khalidi

 

Born in Jerusalem, Palestine, in 1925, Professor Walid Khalidi has taught at Oxford, the American University of Beirut, and Harvard. A co-founder General Secretary since 1963 of the Beirut-based Institute of Palestine Studies, he is currently chairman of its affiliate IPS (US), based in Washington DC. A profuse author in English and Arabic on the Arabic–Israeli conflict, he is considered a leading authority on the subject. Professor Khalidi is Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.