Forum Sets Peace Plan
By Christal Stone
international leaders discussed the possiblity of Mideast peace
talks Thursday, scholars gathered on campus to discuss an alternative
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Alternative Palestinian Agenda, a peace plan written by UW graduate
Nasser Abufarha, proposes creating a binational state instead
of the more commonly discussed plan to create two separate states.
realities dictate Israel and Palestine are not separate, nor
separable," Abufarha said.
Alternative Palestinian Agenda suggest the creation of territories
based on current demographics and population density, with joint
control of Jerusalem.
territories would have their own legal, parliament and judicial
federal union would demographically represent the population
of the new nation.
propose two sovereign states [within one country]," Abufarha
would allow for normalization between Palestinians and Israelis
which would make room for policalization between Palestinians
scholars debated the Alternative Palestinian Agenda and the
realities of the conflict between Palestine and Israel.
Saposnik, an expert in Jewish nationalism, voiced his fears
that a bi-national state would put Jews in the minority.
Jews would eventurally become a minority in this state, consequently
losing the ethnicity strived for,""Saposnik said.
said the proposal was "a recipe for further conflict,"
and a two-state plan would be better.
Doughlah, UW life science communication professor, addressed
the conflcit between the desires of the Israeli and Palestinian
peoples and their leaders.
"I sincerely believe we are at a juncture of the Palestine
and Israeli conflict where we can accurately describe both societies
as victims of oppression," Doughlah said.
oppressors are their own leaders and other leaders who have
appointed themselves so called guardians of one side or the
also said these leaders have pushed agendas through violence
and deception that are not in the best interest of either Israel
said he believes there is hope he two groups could come to a
resolution and in fact, want to. No simple solution can be obtained
without an overarching historical perspective, though, Doughlah
rhetoric we constantly hear about Palestine and Israel hating
each other, not trusting each other is nothing more in my judgment
but a simplistic and twisted reasoning which fails to differentiate
symptoms of a problem and the root cause of that problem,"