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Mubarak Awad Biography

Founder of Nonviolence International
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“For the future of that area we should not have a Palestinian state. I could call the whole of Israel ‘Palestine’ and an Israeli could call the whole of Israel and Palestine ‘Israel,’ and we could live together, accepting each other. This is my dream. That will come after 50 or 60 years. Israel has to accept that it is part of the Middle East, and divorce itself from being European. They have to be accepted by the Arabs and Palestinians as a minority in the Middle East, much as the Christians are a minority in the Middle East. It is nice to be European but they are not…

The old city of Jerusalem should not be ruled either by Palestinians or Israelis. We should have a committee of Christians, Muslims, and Jews, with rotating leadership to take care of religious matters…For politicians to interfere inside the city of Jerusalem doesn’t work. I am not saying that it should be a capital of Israel or a capital of Palestine. But the old city of Jerusalem, I am against having it under international rule because the Palestinians don’t trust the UN and the Israelis never did trust the UN. So it would be good cooperation if we could have a committee of religious groups, just to be responsible for the religious aspect of it. Sewage, water, and security matters would be handled by Palestinians and Israelis.”

“A Talk with Mubarak Awad,” Interview with Meir Amor, Maaber Website

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder, Nonviolence International, 1989
  • Expelled from the West Bank by the Israeli Government and returned to the United States, 1988
  • Moved to Palestine and established the Palestinian Centre for the Study of Nonviolence, 1985
  • Immigrated to the United States, 1969
  • Born in Eastern Jordan
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