Webcast: Mahmoud Abbas in The Great Hall
September 22, 2014
Mahmoud Abbas, president of Palestine, spoke before a packed house in The Great Hall on Monday, in a speech advertised as his "vision for peace between Palestine and Israel." President Abbas, in town for the United Nations General Assembly, announced plans to present, "a new timetable for peace talks" that would work towards the two-state solution proposed under the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002. [See the full text of the speech here.]
Jamshed Bharucha, president of The Cooper Union, welcomed President Abbas, saying, "this hallowed Great Hall has been about freedom of speech … about giving the speaker the floor … I trust that today we will live up to that great tradition."
Ambassador William Clark, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace, who co-sponsored the event, introduced President Abbas. During his speech the president made many references to The Cooper Union, calling it "one of the world's most distinguished colleges," and repeatedly remarked on the historicity of The Great Hall. You can view the entire event below or here. President Bharucha begins his welcome at the 2:30 minute mark. Ambassador Clark introduces President Abbas at the 6:30 mark. President Abbas begins his speech at the 10:00 minute mark.
The international press attended the event. You can read some of the coverage:
- Associated Press (via The Miami Herald)
- Agence France Press
- Al Jazeera
- Times of Israel
- Jewish Daily Forward