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BTL:Palestinians Charge Israeli Barrier Will Bring Neither Security Nor Peace

Interview with Mazin Qumsiyeh, co-founder of Al-Awda, Palestinian Right to Return, conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus
Palestinians Charge Israeli Barrier Will Bring Neither Security Nor Peace

Interview with Mazin Qumsiyeh, co-founder of Al-Awda, Palestinian Right to Return, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

The Israeli government has announced that it is altering its construction of what it calls a security barrier, to be closer to the recognized boundaries between Israel and the West Bank and to be less intrusive into Palestinian territory. The barrier is now planned to be 420 miles long, rather than the original 480 miles, and construction, which is one-fourth complete, continues.

The Palestinian authority, which opposes construction of the barrier, says adjustments to the Wall's route are unacceptable. The legitimacy of the Wall is now being challenged at both the International Court of Justice in the Hague, which can issue only an advisory ruling, and the Israeli Supreme Court, where the Association for Civil Rights in Israel contends the barrier infringes on Palestinian rights.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Mazin Qumsiyeh, co-founder of Al-Awda, or the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition. He talks about the wall and about his conviction that the only just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a one-state solution where Jews, Muslims and Christians can live together as equals.

For more information, visit the group's website at www.al-awda.org. Mazin Qumsiyeh is the author of "Sharing the Land of Canaan," soon to be published by Pluto Press.

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