This article was first published June 8, 2021, by GroundUp, a news agency based in Cape Town, South Africa. World-Outlook is reproducing it by permission. The authors, Ilan Baruch and Alon Liel, are both former Israeli ambassadors to South Africa.
This interview with Hanan Ashrawi was given to Argiris Malapanis by telephone on April 9, 1991. Ashrawi was in Ramallah, West Bank, and Malapanis in East Jerusalem at the time.
While first published 30 years ago, many of the issues Ashrawi addresses in this interview remain central to the Palestinian struggle for national self-determination that has erupted now again. It is a timely reminder of the political context in which the most recent events have developed.
May 21, 2021—For the first time in 16 years, the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and for an end to Israeli occupation and oppression has exploded again into the center of world politics.
These are major excerpts of a May 14, 2021, interview with Palestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. The news broadcast also included a second panelist, Rasheed Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University, New York.