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Mustafa Al Barghouti: "Sanctions must be imposed on Israel"

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Mustafa Al Barghouti: "Sanctions must be imposed on Israel"


Mohammad Elhamy, euronews

You are in Jerusalem and you have spoken to people there. Do you think what is happening now could turn into a third Intifada?

Mustafa Al Barghouti, Palestinian National Initiative

No, because the Intifada has definitely already begun. And what you are seeing today is a peaceful, people’s Intifada of resistance that has been going on since Israel started building the racist separation wall, years ago. This Intifada has intensified to the point we can see today. The Palestinians can no longer put up with this injustice.

Access to Jerusalem has been forbidden to us for five years. Today, I came here without permission. It was like I had a mountain to climb. It took hours to reach the holy city.

What you are seeing today is just a normal reaction from a people who are determined to obtain their freedom and independence.

Mohammad Elhamy, euronews:

In recent days, relations have been tense between the United States and Israel. Do you think US policy towards Israel could change in the future?

Mustafa Al Barghouti, Palestinian National Initiative

I hope so, especially after Netanyahu’s government and Netanyahu himself insulted President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and, of course, the envoy George Mitchell. The more the US administration talks about new negotiations, the more annexation measures Israel declares.

The question now is whether the US administration can impose sanctions on Israel, especially when we see the United States punishing a lot of countries over less important issues.

Mohammad Elhamy, euronews

Catherine Ashton, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, is now visiting the Middle East. Do you think she can bring about a breakthrough in negotiations?

Mustafa Al Barghouti, Palestinian National Initiative

Not at all. There is no basis for negotiations while Israeli settlement activity continues.

Sanctions must be imposed on Israel. Catherine Ashton, representing its biggest trade partner, can tell Israel that as long as the occupation and segregation continue, the EU will take punitive measures.

The world must send a clear message if it wants real peace in the Middle East. Israel does not have the right to consider itself above international law and commit crimes against the Palestinians.

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