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Haniyeh: Hamas willing to accept Palestinian state with 1967 borders

Posted in Activism, Palestine and the International Community, The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

The Hamas leader spoke at a meeting with 11 European parliamentarians who sailed from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip to protest Israel’s naval blockade of the territory. Haniyeh told his guests Israel rejected his initiative. Clare Short, who served in the cabinet of former British prime minister Tony Blair, asked Haniyeh to repeat his offer. He said the Hamas government had agreed to accept a Palestinian state that followed the 1967 borders and to offer Israel a long-term hudna, or truce, if Israel recognized the Palestinians’ national rights.

In response to a question about the international community’s impression that there are two Palestinian states, Haniyeh said: “We don’t have a state, neither in Gaza nor in the West Bank. Gaza is under siege and the West Bank is occupied. What we have in the Gaza Strip is not a state, but rather a regime of an elected government. A Palestinian state will not be created at this time except in the territories of 1967.”

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‘Jerusalem should be capital for the Palestinians and Israel’

In his talks with visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Jordan’s King Abdullah II has stressed on the urgent requirement for re-launching “serious negotiations” between the new Israeli government and the Palestinians aimed at ending their decades-long conflict, said a royal court statement on Thursday.

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Miliband expressed his country’s worries over plans by the new Israeli government to demolish scores of Palestinian homes in an East Jerusalem suburb and turn about 1,500 Palestinians homeless. “We view with real concern the proposed demolition in East Jerusalem,” the British foreign secretary said at a press conference he jointly addressed with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh. “Jerusalem should be the capital of the Palestinians and Israel,” Miliband added.

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Film review: A Zionist state where “The Land Speaks Arabic”

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 4, 2009

Maryse Gargour’s 61-minute film The Land Speaks Arabic documents the founding of the Zionist movement and the expulsion of Palestinians in the early part of the 20th century. The historical narrative is reconstructed by weaving archival materials such as photographs, films, news reels and official documents, with the testimonies of Palestinian survivors of the forced expulsion of 1947-48, referred to as the Nakba, and the findings of British-Palestinian historian Nur Masalha.

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