3 Oct, SYDNEY: Paul McGeough presents “After the Flotilla – controlling the narrative in Israel and Palestine” August 14, 2010

WHEN: Sunday 3 October 2010 at 6.15pm (Please note daylight saving commences on Sunday 3 October)

WHERE: Opera Theatre Sydney Opera House

Not so long ago, idealistic young people in the west might have rounded off their travels with a stint in a kibbutz. Now, riding a protest flotilla to Gaza or spending a few months as a human shield, standing in front of Israeli bulldozers, is more attractive.

Public opinion in the West has always been decisive in this intractable conflict. With competing accounts of history, truth and justice in play on the world stage, the issue of who controls the narrative is critical.

Have recent events shifted control of the story? Will this mean a loss of Western support for Israel? Does it make the illusory ‘peace’ any more, or less likely?

Paul McGeough’s many domestic and international journalism awards attest to his position as Australia’s most prominent foreign correspondent. In May this year he reported from the Gaza-bound flotilla – and was detained by Israeli forces and subsequently deported from Israel.

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