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Palestinian Youth in Gaza Skeptical about PA’s UN Bid


According to Mohammed Rabah Suliman, Palestinian student and activist living in Gaza, a large segment of young Palestinians criticize the Palestinian Authority’s bid for international recognition at the UN. Weary of the PA’s symbolic acts and doubtful of UN credibility, they believe that a declaration of statehood will not effectively establish a sovereign Palestinian state or alter facts on the ground. Some question the functionality of a state in the besieged Gaza Strip and colonized West Bank, a state completely dependent on foreign aid. Increasingly, Palestinian youth believe the only path to equality lies in a one-state solution. Opposing the PA bid, they emphasize universal rights, real liberation and the right of refugees to return over “statehood at any price.”

By Mohammed Rabah Suliman

August 19, 2011

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