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What solution for a “just peace”?

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What steps are practical and just?

Another issue which seems to polarize activists seeking a “just peace” to the Israel/Palestine conflict is what will a “just peace” look like? This often focuses on a discussion about one or two states, with advocates on both sides making claims about why their “solution” is more just. The honest answer is that no solution will make the history of suffering disappear, heal the scars or solve all the issues. Lars and Ian debate the issue of what is pragmatic given “facts on the ground” as well as considering the views of the international community, Palestinians and Israelis.

Listen to the podcast on This is not BBC Hebron/Al-Khalil.

Photo by Fillipo Minelli.

Written by Ian Chamberlain

10 February 2012 at 23:30

Posted in Podcast, Thought

Life in Hebron/Al-Khalil

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Shop welded closed on Shuhada Street, Hebron.

Hebron, called Al-Khalil by Palestinians, has a reputation for being one of the most difficult cities in the West Bank. It’s true to say it can be tense, but there’s much more to Hebron. In my latest podcast with colleague Lars, we discuss initial reactions and share our experience of living here over the last two months as international observers for the EAPPI.

Listen to the podcast on This is not BBC Hebron/Al-Khalil.

Written by Ian Chamberlain

1 February 2012 at 19:58

Posted in Experience, Podcast

The BDS movement

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Not BBC Hebron/Al-Khalil

There’s plenty of excitement amongst pro-Palestinian activists about the growing BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement. But are activists engaged in the campaign weighing up the pros and cons of using particular tactics or are they hiding behind the “led by Palestinian civil society” banner? Should we be campaigning for a more nuanced form of BDS campaign which takes account of our own countries’ responsibility for upholding the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank? Here I discuss the issue with a fellow EAPPI observer in Hebron as part of a new podcast This is not BBC Hebron/Al-Khalil.

Written by Ian Chamberlain

28 January 2012 at 20:10

Posted in Podcast, Thought