An Interview with Dr. Hanan Ashrawi.
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi is a distinguished Palestinian leader, legislator, activist, and scholar who served as a member of the Leadership Committee and as an official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process, beginning with the Madrid Peace Conference of 1991. Making history as the first woman to hold a seat in the highest executive body in Palestine, she was elected as member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 2009.
"People don’t feel a sense of responsibility, which is what has happened in different places in the world, particularly in Africa. That’s why it’s important. For a long time the Palestinians were excluded. They weren't given the proper consultation. They were the victims of a situation and they were blamed for it. Israel was given a free hand to act with impunity and the Palestinians were deprived of the protection of the law. While we think that attention should be paid, we believe it should be paid in the right way. We had international attention when Palestine was placed under the British Mandate. That was the wrong kind of attention. "