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Three generations hope for a Palestinian state

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Three generations hope for a Palestinian state


An ancient village which lay between Jerusalem and Ramallah was split by the Israelis when they built their high security wall to keep Palestinian attackers at bay.

The village was sliced in two and part of it was annexed by Israel. The other became part of the camp known as Kalandia – one of the oldest refugee settlements in the territory.

Concrete houses have replaced the original tents. One has been home for three generations since 1948.

One grandfather said:“I became a refugee in 1948. I will never give up my rights. We want a state, but a free state, not one under occupation.”

The second generation were all about resistance and Intifada. But now many are tired. They hanker for peace and the work opportunities it might bring. They support the call for a Palestinian state.

A member of that generation, a refugee in his 40s, said: “We think a Palestinian state will be beneficial for the Palestinian people. We backed the Arab Spring because it offered a foothold for democracy.”

The third generation was born after the second Intifada. All they know of their history is what school and their families have told them.

A ten-year-old added his thoughts: “The United States should recognise the Palestinian state. It should be independent and not occupied.”

Euronews reporter Riad Mouasses said:“Three generations of people have lived in this camp, each with a different concept of what statehood means.

But one thing they all agree on, in the wake of the seismic events of the Arab Spring, is that it must be democratic.”

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