2003 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Dr Hanan Ashrawi spoke to a group of Cornell University students last week on the possible ways to bring peace to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
In the lecture titled “Peace in the Middle East: Who Needs It Now?”, Ashrawi repeated the two solutions that have been oft mentioned: an end to the “occupation” by Israel and a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders.
Reponding to a question lifting the occupation will endanger civilian life in Israel, Ashrawi said: “You know I always get this question … I don’t know, how do we give psychotherapy to the collective Israeli mind? … it’s pretty racist to say, ‘you cannot trust Palestinians … how do you know?”
Ashrawi’s talk is part of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies’ Foreign Policy Distinguished Speaker Series.