Rami Khouri on Palestine

The Palestinian Struggle Persists and Evolves
Agence Global
May 16, 2012
Commentary by: Rami Khouri, senior fellow with the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut
Topic: Palestine

“BEIRUT — Tuesday of this week marked the 64th commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba of May 1948, when Israel was established and Palestinians experienced the combination of exile and occupation that still defines them today. The day was marked as usual by a variety of events around the world, from symbolic demonstrations by refugees along the borders of Israel to protests at Israeli embassies around the world. Such developments do not change the balance of power on the ground, but reflect the persistent will of Palestinians everywhere to continue doing the two things that have characterized them individually and collectively since 1948: to affirm their identity and rights as Palestinians, and to keep searching for means to achieve their rights and resolve the conflict with Zionism and Israel in a peaceful manner that is anchored in international law and legitimacy.”

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