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.
On a recent visit to the United States, Palestinian Legislative Assembly member, Dr Hanan Ashrawi gave a public lecture at the Palestine Centre, an independent think-tank. In her lecture, the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize recipient spoke of the challenges facing the pursuit of peace in Palestine.
In an Houston Chronicle, Dr Ashrawi also spoke candidly about the American policy in the Middle East and life under occupation.
“We do not choose to be political or activists. This is life to us. I would love to have the luxury of being an academic and continuing my academic pursuits and writing and so on. But reality intrudes, and you have to do what you can. I didn’t choose for my hometown to be under occupation. I didn’t choose for my life to be disrupted like this, for my daughters to be traumatized all their lives, for my students to be shot and killed. I didn’t choose to be arrested or detained or beaten up in Palestine. These things happen to you. If you are a human being with a minimal sense of conscience and responsibility and justice, you better do something about this. It seems to me this is what most Palestinians are doing.”
Read the full interview here.