The Future of Catalonia: Opening Remarks Tel Aviv University

Shalom, bon dia, good morning everyone.

Professor Rein, Maayan Nahari, thank you for your kindness and warm welcome.

Dear speakers, I am looking forward to hearing your ideas, your thoughts on the issue we will discuss today: the future of Catalonia.

I am confident the future of our country will be decided freely by its citizens in a democratic and peaceful fashion. There is no other way in the 21st century Europe. We, Catalans, are 7.5 million of European citizens. And, I’m sure, it will be eventually us who will decide our own future. And that will happen in spite of the authoritarian opposition, the state repression and the brutal violence we have to endure, both ordinary citizens and our political leaders, from the most corrupt government in Western Europe as it is Rajoy’s Popular Party government.

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Debatem sobre “El futur de Catalunya” a la Universitat de Tel Aviv


Dimarts, 14 de novembre Sobirania i Justícia i el S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies de la Universitat de Tel Aviv organitzen la conferència internacional “The Future of Catalonia” que se celebrarà a la Universitat de Tel Aviv, des de 2/4 de 10 del matí fins a les 12 del migdia. Hi participaran un total de cinc ponents, entre els quals el catedràtic d’economia de la Universitat de Barcelona i ex-conseller del Govern de Catalunya, Antoni Castells, i el gurú israelià en l’àmbit de les relacions internacionals, Alfred Tovias, expert de reconegut prestigi vinculat a la Universitat Hebrea de Jerusalem.  Els co-organitzadors: Raanan Rein, vice-president de la Universitat de Tel Aviv i director de l’Abraham Center i Isabel-Helena Martí, presidenta de Sobirania i Justícia, encetaran l’esdeveniment amb sengles discursos de benvinguda.  L’accés és lliure.

La conferència serà retransmesa en directe via streaming. Aquest és l’enllaç per connectar-s’hi.

Més informació:

Confiscated vote? Escalation over banned Catalonia referendum

The Debate – France 24

Authorities in Madrid have taken their standoff with Barcelona to a whole new level, raiding government offices, arresting Catalan cabinet members, confiscating 10 million ballot papers, all to thwart a banned October 1st independence referendum. It’s hard to see at this point how the vote can happen. Has Madrid won the battle but lost the PR war? We’ll question the reasons for a second attempt. And if Catalans really want independence, why has the reaction been so much stronger this time?


Eduard SALSAS – International lawyer, Squire Patton Boggs
Jean Marc SANCHEZ – Lawyer, Paris Bar, Franco-Hispanic Commission
Isabel-Helena MARTI – Member of Catalan National Assembly
Carles BOIX – Politics professor, Princeton University