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Phyllis Bennis Biography

Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“I think for people in this country [the US], it’s not our call to decide what the political arrangements should be in a country that’s not ours. You and I and most of the people watching – not all – are not Palestinians and are not Israelis. It’s not our call. We don’t get to say one-state, two-state, red state, blue state. That’s not the point.

I think for us, because of the role the United States plays in maintaining the occupation and the apartheid system that exists in Israel today, we do have a special obligation. But that obligation, it seems to me, needs to be based on rights, on human rights, not on political solutions. So I could imagine a just, comprehensive solution based on a two-state option, and I could imagine it a one-state.”

Stated on “Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay,”, Dec. 13, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)
  • Fellow, Transnational Institute, Amsterdam
  • Writer, analyst and activist on Middle East and UN issues
  • Founded and currently co-chairs the “US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation,” 2001
  • Accompanied a group of congressional aides to Iraq to examine the impact of US-led economic sanctions on humanitarian conditions there, 1999
  • Works closely with the United for Peace and Justice
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