Israeli 'Peace Now' marks 30 years of activism

Israel's Peace Now movement, celebrating 30 years of activism, on Tuesday received assurances from Marwan Barghuti that Palestinians are ready for reconciliation.

Israeli 'Peace Now' marks 30 years of activism
"The vast majority of the Palestinian people, myself included, are ready for a historic reconciliation based on international resolutions that will result in the establishment of two states," Marwan Barghuti, currently jailed in Israel, told the group.

Peace Now was set to mark three decades of peace promotion and anti-settlement expansions later on Tuesday at a Tel Aviv square named after prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated after a peace rally there in 1995.

In 1982, Peace Now led a 400,000-strong protest at the same square.

The group's call for a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

In his letter, Barghuti called for reconciliation "that will grant our and your own children a life devoid of the threats of war and bloodshed."

A senior member of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party, Barghuti has been serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison since 2004.

Barghuti also called for the removal of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank - an issue that has been at the core of Peace Now's activism since its founding in 1978.

"We failed to prevent new construction but we managed to make the issue critical and make the public realise we must get rid of them," said Golan, a professor at the Lauder school of government in Herzliya near Tel Aviv.

Last Mod: 08 Nisan 2008, 15:41
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