Palestinian democracy activist Mustafa Barghouthi was a candidate for the presidency of the Palestinian National Authority in 2005, finishing second to Mahmoud Abbas, with 19% of the vote. A medical doctor trained in the former Soviet Union and Jerusalem, he also received a degree in management from Stanford University in the United States, as a Sloan Fellow. Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, Barghouthi is Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, a movement that campaigns for political reforms.
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With Jan. 10s Slate/Intelligence Squared debate approaching, former Palestinian presidential candidate Mustafa Barghouthi explains why Israel and the United States are on the wrong side of history.
People want freedom and an end to the longest occupation in modern history and one of the worst forms of apartheid ever. Twenty more years of negotiations will not appeal to them and they will not abide a lack of strategic vision from the Palestinian leadership.
Ask Palestinians why there is no Gandhi in their movement, and often the answer comes: but there are several, and Mustafa Barghouthi should be recognized more widely as one of them.
Most Western media depict a simplistic choice in the Palestinian political scene between caricatures of a moderate, pro-Western Fatah, and caricatures of a violent, extremist Hamas. In fact, Palestinian political discourse is nuanced, dynamic and engaged a fact illustrated by the emergence of sophisticated political alternatives despite the pressures of the occupation and international patronage.
The Ramallah doctor and activist, general secretary of the Al Mubadara coalition, on struggles against the Israeli Occupation, from the popular movement of the first Intifada to the tactical errors of the second.
The Palestinian National Initiative website.