VIDEO: The direction of the movement for Palestinian rights 29Oct12 October 29, 2012

Diversity of views within any movement is healthy. Omar Baddar says that there has been unnecessary antagonism between advocates of Palestinian rights over various strategic disagreements, and he thinks it is important to have a constructive debate on these disagreements. That’s why he interviewed several leading activists and intellectuals who are active on the issue of Palestine and who hold divergent strategic perspectives on how to pursue Palestinian rights. More specifically, in this video, Baddar focuses on the one-state/two-state debate. Here is some of what Norman Finkelstein, Phyllis Bennis, Yousef Munayyer, Noura Erakat, Hussein Ibish, and Nadia Hijab had to say on the topic.

Omar Baddar
Omar Baddar is a political scientist, human rights activist, and New Media professional based in Washington, DC. He earned his M.A. in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Memphis, where he wrote his Master’s thesis on US policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also holds an undegraduate degree in Graphic Design (multimedia concentration). He is the former Executive Director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Massachusetts, and the former Director of the Palestine Cultural Center for Peace in Boston, MA. Omar travels to the Middle East on a biennial basis, and has participated in dozens of panels, lectures, and debates on college and university campuses throughout the US on conflicts in the Middle East and on US policy towards the region. He writes for the Huffington Post, and has made several media appearances, including BBC World Service, Al-Jazeera English, Russia Today, and several other TV and radio programs. He is also a free lance translator (English-to-Arabic and Arabic-to-English), and currently works as a New Media Coordinator at the Arab American Institute (AAI). You can follow Omar on Twitter at @omarbaddar and on YouTube at

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