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In Hamas-Fatah struggle, Barghouti embraces “third way”

April 18, 2010

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti is a Palestinian physician, born in Jerusalem and living in the West Bank city of Ramallah. He came in second behind Mahmoud Abbas in the 2005 Palestinian presidential election.

Currently, Barghouti is the Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, a political party that was formed in 2002 with Edward Said, Dr. Haidar Abdel-Shafi and Ibrahim Dakkak. The Initiative (al-Mubadara in Arabic) calls for nonviolent resistance against the Israel occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Worldfocus producer Mohammad al-Kassim recently interviewed Barghouti in New York. The rising Palestinian politician talks openly about the difficulties facing the Middle East process, infighting among Palestinians and the Obama administration. Despite all the obstacles, Barghouti feels surprisingly positive about the future.

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