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Hanan Ashrawi, PhD Biography

Elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and Founder and Secretary General of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH)
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“So far, the solution remains simple and attainable, having been repeatedly defined and having become part of a global consensus. The two-state solution is still possible, though becoming increasingly more difficult with the expansion of settlements, by-pass roads, and the apartheid wall throughout Palestinian territory. The bi-national state as a de facto solution will become the only option should Israel continue its expansion and its refusal to withdraw to the June 4, 1967 lines and remove the settlements of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Territoriality will give way to demography, and the issue then will become one of democracy, with Zionism forced to reexamine its most basic premises.

Jerusalem, both East and West, can become an open city and the shared capital of two states, thus encapsulating the essence of peace and regaining its stature as a city much greater than itself and not subject to exclusive possession or greed of acquisition. The Palestinian refugees must be granted historical, legal, moral, and human recognition and redress in accordance with international law and the requirements of justice. There is no need to reinvent the wheel, but there is a need for the will and courage to act against all adverse forces.”

“Peace in the Middle East: A Global Challenge and a Human Imperative,” MIFTAH website (accessed Nov. 5, 2003)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Elected member, Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Jerusalem District, 1996-present
  • Founder and Secretary General, Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, 1998-present
  • Palestinian Minister of Higher Education and Research, 1996-1998
  • Headed the Preparatory Committee of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens’ Rights in Jerusalem, 1993-1995
  • Offical Spokesperson, Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Process, 1991-1993
  • Member, Intifada Political Committee, serving as well on its Diplomatic Committee, 1988-1993
  • Founded the Birzeit University Legal Aid Committee/Human Rights Action Project, 1974
  • Faculty member, Birzeit University, West Bank, 1973-1995
  • Chair, Department of English, Birzeit University, West Bank, 1973-1978, 1981-1984, 1986-1990
  • Member, Independent International Commission on Kosovo
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, World Bank Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA)
  • Member, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
  • PhD, Medieval and Comparative Literature, University of Virginia
  • MA, Literature, American University of Beirut
  • BA, Literature, American University of Beirut
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