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Nov 30, 2007
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Palestinian Researcher Dr. Sari Nusseibeh on the Return of Palestinian Refugees

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Source: Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar)

Following are excerpts from an interview with Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, Dean of Al-Quds University, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on November 30, 2007:

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh: We have rights – such as our right to live a free life, to establish a state, the right to build a future, and the Right of Return. The Right of Return is one of our rights, but unfortunately, we are living in a world that demands – if we want to make any progress – that we choose some of these rights, at the expense of the full implementation of the rest. The question that should be discussed by the Palestinians – and all the Arabs – is whether we really want a two-state solution or not.


What I am saying is that the implementation of the Right of Return should be carried out within the framework of the future Palestinian state.


The Israelis now living in the territories of the future Palestinian state should return to living within the borders of the state of Israel. No Jew in the world, now or in the future, as a result of this document, will have the right to return, to live, or to demand to live in Hebron, in East Jerusalem, or anywhere in the Palestinian state.


If this cause is the cause of the refugees – so be it, but then the Palestinian people should make a clear decision that it does not want a state. If that is the case – so be it, and all we should demand is the refugees' return and equal rights. I was the first who demanded that.


What's wrong with Taibeh, for example, being an integral part of an Arab Palestinian state?

Interviewer: Why not Jaffa, for example?

Sari Nusseibeh: Jaffa too...

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