Dr.Mustafa BarghoutiLessons from the Egyptian revolution2011-03-05 The rush and tumult of events makes it hard, sometimes, to draw the most important general conclusions from their significance. This said, the revolutionary tidal wave, which began in Tunisia and Algeria, reached its crest in Egypt and is currently sweeping other countries such as Libya and Bahrain, ... More
Call for the General Assembly to pass a resolution recognizing a Palestinian state and its borders and to impose sanctions on Israel Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi: U.S. veto confirms America’s favor in Israel2011-02-21 Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative confirms that the U.S. position in the Security Council through the use of the veto and the disruption of a draft resolution condemning the settlement confirms the American bias in favor of Israel. ... More
The Slow Death of Palestinian Democracy
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP
2010-07-25 Palestinian municipal elections were supposed to be held last week. Instead, they were canceled. A statement released by the Palestinian Authority claimed the cancellation was "in order to pave the way for a successful end to the siege on Gaza and for continued efforts at unity" between Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and the government in the West Bank.
Barghouthi dedicates protests to flotilla dead2010-06-04 Palestinian National Initiative Secretary-General Mustafa Barghouthi called the West Bank-wide dedication of protest rallies to the Mavi Marmara dead an indication of national unity when he addressed a protest Friday. ... More
Settler Violence Out Of Control: Extremists Torch a Mosque2010-05-04 “Yet another example of the nonchalance of Israeli authorities in the face of violence by settlers and extremists against Palestinians” was how Dr Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative commented Israel’s Civil Administration reaction after the incident. ... More
Braghouthi to OECD's members: don't approve Israel'membership!2010-04-19 These new military amendments adopted by Israel to an order that dates back to 1969, represent a very dangerous measure from the perspectives of both content and timing”.
With these words Dr Mustafa Barghouthi condemned the new military order issued by Israeli authorities, which demands that all residents of the West Bank including those who were born there obtain an Israeli issued permit.
Rajmohan Gandhi visiting the West bank.2010-04-02 The Palestinian National Initiative cordially invite you to participate to the visit of Mr Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of the notable Indian leader and peace activist Mahatma Gandhi. A public event will be held in Ramallah, on April 5, at 5.00 pm. ... More
Dr. Barghouthi Pledges Support To Beleaguered Jerusalemites2010-03-17 “I do not have any permission issued by the Israeli authorities to enter Jerusalem, and I do not recognise the fact that Israel has the power to issue permits to Palestinians to enter their city. We are here on the day in which Israel is establishing facts on the ground, to show that we will never give up Jerusalem.” ... More
Dr Barghouthi attends Beit Sahour protest2010-03-01 Mustafa Barghouti, the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, attended a demonstration in Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem, on Sunday in protest of the re-opening of a former military base. ... More
Hebron: Open Shuhada Street!2010-02-27 On Thursday morning over 250 Palestinian protesters, joined by dozens of Israeli and international activists, braved foul weather conditions to demonstrate in Hebron against the closure of Ash’Shuhada, the street which, since Baruch Goldstein’s massacre of 29 worshippers in the Ibrahimi Mosque in 1994 has been progressively “sterilised” by closing it off to all forms of Palestinian movement.
Bil'in, 5 years later2010-02-19 Around 2000 people gathered on Friday in Bil’in for the weekly protest against the Apartheid Wall, a massive demonstration attended by Palestinian official representatives, members of the Popular committees, Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists: all together to mark 5 years of the popular struggle in the West Bank village. Dr Mustafa Barghouthi joined the demonstration. ... More
Mustafa Barghouthi Nominated for 2010 Nobel Peace Prize2010-02-03 “I have pleasure in nominating Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. I am inspired by the life and work of Dr. Barghouthi whose commitment to nonviolence, in his personal and public life, is truly in the Ghandian spirit", stated in her letter to the Nobel Committe, Maired Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Co-founder of the Peace People (Northern Ireland). Mairead Maguire today announced her nomination of Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. ... More
Trees against occupation2010-02-02 Planting trees against occupation, settlement expansion and land expropriation – this is the symbolic action carried out by popular committees of resistance who joined a tree-planting action in Aboud, North-West of Ramallah, last Sunday. ... More
When Will It Be Our Time? by Mustafa Barghouthi2009-12-17 The article appeared on the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of The New York Times.
"I have lived my entire adult life under occupation, with Israelis holding ultimate control over my movement and daily life".
GUERNICA: A DIARY OF DESTRUCTION 2009-12-02 One year on from the tragedy of Gaza,Dr Mustafa Barghouthi launched the Palestine’s Guernica Book.
Palestine’s Guernica is a detailed account of the causes and consequences of Israel’s brutal assault. Using eyewitness testimonies, expert analysis and a collection of articles and photography from Palestine Monitor, Guernica provides a new level of insight and humanity to a massacre that shamed the world.
Worldfocus recently interviewed Mustafa Barghouti: watch the full interview 2009-11-23 During the interview, Barghouti talked about the difficulties facing the Middle East peace process labeling it as “clinically dead." Barghouti believes stalling talks over the last decades have allowed Israel to continue its policies of illegal settlement expansions rather than work towards creating a real and lasting solution. ... More
Palestinian people will not live as slaves under occupation2009-11-14 During a conference held at Wattan Media Center, MP Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, exposed the current political situation in the Palestinian territory. “What we see today” declared Dr Barghouti in the opening of his speech “is a deep and concerning political crisis whose origins reside in Israeli policies - international and humanitarian law violations and the ongoing occupation on Palestinian people and their land”. ... More
Dr Mustafa Barghouti on the Daily Show2009-10-31 Dr Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, appeared yesterday on the Daily Show, the American night television talk show, together with the Jewish American writer Anna Balzer. They discussed the situation in the occupied territories, advocating a non-violent approach.
Can Obama meet Netanyahu's challenge?2009-05-19 cannot recall a more important meeting between an American president and an Israeli prime minister than today's meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Will the Obama administration have the courage to challenge Netanyahu, or will all the talk of change dissolve in the face of a concerted one-two punch from Netanyahu and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee?
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America must find courage to stand up to Israel, injustice2009-03-14 During a recent visit to Washington, I met with several members of Congress to discuss the prospects for Palestinian and Israeli peace. This included a marvelous, unexpected introduction to Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the courageous civil rights advocate. The Palestinian National Initiative, which I head, works to emulate the nonviolent resistance to segregation that Lewis personified. For too long, however, our best efforts have been stymied by America’s lack of evenhandedness. Many people in Washington believe the main obstacle is AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby.
salon.comSalon Radio: Dr. Mustafa Barghouti on Israeli elections2009-02-11 Glenn Greenwald: My guest today on Salon Radio is Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, who was a former candidate for the presidency of the Palestinian Authority in 2005, finishing second to the ultimate winner, Mahmoud Abbas. He's also held various positions in the Palestinian Authority and is a physician as well. Dr. Barghouti, thanks so much for joining me today ... More
Dr. Mustafa BargouthiSteadfast Before Goliath 2009-02-07 When I am asked about Palestinian identity, one idea keeps coming to mind. I was told it would be translated into English as "steadfastness." I looked up what a steadfast person would be like and the dictionary says, "One marked by firm determination or resolution--not shakable--of firm convictions and strong resolve. A man of unbendable perseverance and unwavering loyalty." ... More
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP “…and he stood steadfast before Goliath.”
2009-01-31 When I was asked about Palestinian identity, one idea kept coming to mind. I wondered how this idea would translate into English, and I was told that it would be steadfastness.” I looked up "steadfast" in the dictionary: “Marked by firm determination or resolution - not shakeable - of firm convictions and strong resolve; of unbendable perseverance and unwavering loyalty.” ... More
CBS / 60 minutes Time running out for a two-state Solution?
2009-01-27 Growing Number Of Israelis, Palestinians Say Two-State Solution Is No Longer Possible. Getting a peace deal in the Middle East is such a priority to President Obama that his first foreign calls on his first day in office were to Arab and Israeli leaders. And on day two, the president made former Senator George
Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa BarghouthiCall for Action2009-01-24 Only a few days after both Israel and Hamas declared unilateral ceasefires, the people of Gaza have awoken to the level of destruction visited upon their homes and lives. 1335 Gazans were killed; most of them civilians including 400 innocent children, and a further 5000 have been seriously injured. ... More
Parliamentary Lists’ Representatives and PLC MembersStatement issued by:
Parliamentary Lists’ Representatives and PLC Members
2009-01-10 We, the PLC members and Parliamentary Lists’ representatives, affirm the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to express themselves including protesting and demonstrating in solidarity with our people in Gaza Strip in confrontation with the aggression, respecting freedoms and rights and not to violate them for any reason ... More
The Guardian, By Peter Beaumont, Foreign Affairs EditorTo be in Gaza is to be trapped2009-01-07 Gaza. Always the suffering of Gaza, most potent symbol of the tragedy of Palestine. In 1948, during the Nakba – or "The Catastrophe" as Palestinians describe the war that gave birth to the state of Israel – 200,000 refugees poured into Gaza, swelling its population by more than two-thirds. Then Gaza fell under Egyptian control.
Palestinian National Initiative Media should be allowed to shed the light on Gaza2009-01-07 Ramallah, 06-01-09: Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP, the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative strongly condemned this morning the Israelis refusal to allow foreign journalists to enter Gaza and report on the events. “This is a harsh violation of the Freedom of the Press”, he said. ... More
CNNDuring an Interview with Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, with the CNN2009-01-01 SANCHEZ: And he said that most news organizations have ignored the possibility that the people who actually broke the ceasefire was not the Palestinians, not Hamas in Gaza. What he said -- in fact, let -- I think we've got it. Dan, play this, and then we'll give you some more information on it. Let's go ahead and go to that.
Palestinian National InitiativeBeware the Israeli attacks2008-12-23 Even before the official end to the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Israel began initiating a public relations campaign, aimed at both their own people and the international community, which would ‘prepare us all’ for the eventual military assault on the tiny, besieged Strip.
UNITED NATIONSGaza: Silence is not an option2008-12-12 The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights on Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk, issued the following statement: ... More
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Telling it as it is2008-12-05 Unless the Palestinians can speak effectively with one voice, the world won't listen, though Palestine is the core problem ... More
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A Day of Victory for all Palestinians2008-10-29 The boat carrying supplies and a collection of Palestinian (including several who have lived abroad, one whom has not seen the shores of Gaza for forty years), Israelis, and international peace activists (among them a Nobel Prize winner and several European parliamentarians) has once more broken the siege on the Gaza Strip after speculation and hints from the Israeli authorities that they would not allow a repeat performance of the last successful voyage. ... More
Palestinian National Initiative Mustafa Barghouthi defies Israeli threats and sails to Gaza2008-10-28 Today, the ’Hope’, the new Free Gaza Boat will set sail again for its journey from Cyprus to Gaza, regardless of Israeli threats to forcibly stop the boat before it reaches Gaza. Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP, the General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative, will once more participate as a crew member of the Boat that envisages to challenge the Israeli blockade on the Strip, to strengthen Palestinian unity and to present a geste of solidarity to the Palestinians living in Gaza. ... More
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Demonstrators remove eight barriers around in Al Mazra'a village 2008-10-16 Hundreds of demonstrators accompanied by a group of foreigners and led by Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, and Walid Assaf MP, and Deputy Muhib Awad removed the eight roadblocks which have been in place for seven years preventing farmers from the Al Mazra'a village from reaching their lands and olive trees. ... More
Palestinian National Initiative Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP on board of the "SS Hope" ship2008-09-23 Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP, the General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative, will participate as a crew member of the ’SS Hope’, the new Free Gaza Boat that will sail to Gaza on Wednesday the 24th of September to challenge the Israeli blockade on the Strip.
Dr. Mustafa BarghoutiOlmert curbs Palestinian rights2008-08-30 Oslo has entered its final, tragic-comic stage. The onus now is to ensure Olmert's planned dénouement does not become a reality. ... More
Palestinian National InitiativeResults of an Opinion Poll2008-08-20 The latest opinion polls, published in the Al Quds newspaper today, show that the latest developments in Gaza led to shifts in public opinion towards both Hamas and Fateh at the same time, confirming the fact that both factions are losing support in Gaza, especially Hamas. ... More
Palestinian National InitiativeIsraeli army prevents weekly march against the apartheid Wall in Bethlehem2008-07-19 Bethlehem, 18-07-08 – On Friday the 18th of July, the peaceful weekly march against the apartheid Wall held in the town of El Masara, South of Bethlehem, was intercepted immediately after the participants reached the new section of the Wall, by a huge amount of Israeli occupation forces. The IOF prevented the peaceful demonstration and attacked the participants by using sound grenades and sticks. Clashes took place between the demonstrators and the soldiers.
Ni’lin: 65 actions of non-violent popular struggles in 80 days
Palestinian National InitiativeMustafa Barghouthi shows support for city of Nablus2008-07-15 Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP, the General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative visited Nablus for the second time on Monday afternoon to show support to the residents of the city after the recent Israeli raids on the city Mall and a number of mosques and charity organizations last week. ... More
Palestinian National InitiativeIsraeli army prevents medical team from entering
2008-07-12 Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP,Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, today condemned the detention of a joint medical team from the Palestinian Medical Relief Society and the Physicians for Human Rights at the entrances of the town of Ni'lin. ... More
Palestinian National InitiativeAttempting on popular non-violent resistance against the apartheid wall
2008-07-09 MP Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initivative held a press conference on the eve of the 4th anniversary of the International Court Advisory decision that determined that the Wall is illegal under the international law and is not a security necessity. ... More
Palestinian National InitiativeCollective Punishment Fails to Break Popular Non-Violent Struggle Against the Wall2008-07-05 "Collective punishment aimed at breaking the popular, non-violent struggle against the Wall," was how PNI Secretary General, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP, today described the ongoing closure by the Israeli military of Ni'lin village, where peaceful demonstrations against construction of the Wall have been taking place since May.
Palestinian National InitiativeIsrael Furthers Plans to Annex East Jerusalem through Ongoing Settlement Expansion
2008-06-14 The announcement by the Israeli government yesterday of plans to build a further 1,300 settlement units in the Ramat Shlomo settlement in occupied East Jerusalem, is "a further reflection of the Israeli government's strategy to de facto annex the city before a final status agreement can be reached," said PNI Secretary General Mustafa Barghouthi MP today. ... More
Palestinian National InitiativeIsrael Undermining Success of Any Ceasefire Agreement before it Begins2008-06-12 "How can the Israeli government claim a genuine commitment to ceasefire talks when its military continues to kill Gazans – including children – on a daily basis, and while Israeli leaders continue to make preparations for a wide scale attack on the Strip?" said PNI Secretary General Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi today. ... More
An interview with Dr. Mustafa Barghouti by Marian HoukGetting the Palestinian Legislative Council out of the freezer2008-06-10 "Executive authority, executive government cannot continue to function without control (checks and balances), cannot take on itself the responsibility of legislation, and substitute itself for the Legislative Council, and cannot continue to act without being accountable to the Legislative Council." ... More
Palestinian National InitiativeBarghouthi: Democracy is the Key to Restoring National Unity2008-06-10 PNI leader, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP, today welcomed steps towards restoring national unity currently being taken by President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leaders, and stressed that this new initiative cannot be missed. He underlined that the democratic process – free and fair elections, respect for the separation of powers and the rule of law, and the equality of all Palestinians before the law - was the key to restoring national unity. ... More
Palestinian National InitiativeAvoidable Tragedies: The Continuing Deaths of Gazan Patients2008-05-27 "The Israeli government is justifying what former US President Jimmy Carter recently described as 'one of the greatest human rights crimes on Earth' under the pretext of security," said Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP, leader of the Palestinian National Initiative. "But tell me who is safer now that Mohammad, Hashim, Fayza, Sijoud, and many others are dead?" Are the lives of these children, these chronically ill people, worth less than any other human being? The Israeli government and military's clear and fundamental lack of regard for the basic right of Palestinians to life is racist and criminal," the MP stressed. ... More
Palestinian National InitiativeSystematic Israeli Military Violence Attempt to Deter Solidarity with Palestinians2008-05-26 Scores of peaceful protestors – Palestinians, internationals and Israelis – have been injured in separate demonstrations in Bili’in, Hebron and Nil’in since Friday. Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP, Secretary General of the PNI, stated that "the daunting prospect of certain violence, no matter how non-violent the demonstration, is a carefully thought out policy to discourage solidarity on the ground and isolate the Palestinians, leaving them to face the Israeli military alone." ... More
Palestinian National InitiativeIsraeli Military Kills 16-Year-Old Palestinian Child at Checkpoint2008-05-20 Israeli soldiers shot 16-year-old Fihmeh Abd Al-Jawwad Ad-Dardouk at the notorious Huwwara checkpoint near Nablus at 20:30 on Monday night, and prevented ambulances and medical teams from reaching the boy as he lay bleeding to death on the ground. He died some 30 minutes later. The Israeli military held the boy's body for 2 hours after the killing, finally allowing Palestinian medical teams to access the site of the shooting at around 22:30. ... More
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MPWe remain2008-05-17 Beyond all that hypocrisy, distortion of truth and self-deception, Israel’s triple-laurel, made up of the fastest ethnic cleansing operation, the longest occupation and the worst apartheid, has not only inflicted an unpardonable injustice on the Palestinian people, it has also inflicted an unforgivable offence against Jews themselves and against the memory of their suffering and persecution at the hands of the Nazis and in earlier chapters of history. ... More
Palestinian National Initiative 1948-2008: From Palestinian Nakba to Israeli Apartheid2008-05-15 60 years ago, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their land. Thousands were killed while refusing to leave their villages behind or attempting to return. Refugees were dispersed all around the world, and the Palestinian Nakba began. ... More
Palestine Solidarity Campaign15,000 demonstrate in London on 10 May2008-05-10 Dr Mustafa Barghouti, elected Palestinian Legislative Council member, told the rally of the situation of Apartheid existing in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: "Israeli citizens make 30 times what Palestinians do, settlers take 48 times the water of Palestinians, Palestinians are denied entry to Jerusalem..." He said that the 'peace process' of Annapolis was an illusion: "Since then Israeli attacks have tripled and even more checkpoints have been set up." He stressed the importance of re-establishing Palestinian unity and accused western governments of hypocrisy, in undermining democracy in Palestine, but supporting an Apartheid state. ... More
Palestinian National Initiative"Who is safer now that Khadra Abu Moatiq and her 4 young children are dead?”2008-04-28 "A sickening tragedy" was how Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP, Secretary General of the PNI described the killing of a mother and her 4 children in an Israeli military attack on the Gaza Strip this morning. The deaths have brought the number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli military since Annapolis to 418, including 59 children. ... More
Palestinian National InitiativeIsraeli Government Seeking Destruction of Palestinian Society in Gaza says Barghouthi2008-04-24 "Thousands of lives are at stake in Gaza. Israel's siege is pushing a whole society towards collapse." This was how Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, today described the situation in the Gaza Strip, which has reached dramatic levels following the latest Israeli fuel cuts. Food assistance for 650,000 Palestinians is about to stop, 50,000 vaccines for babies are at risk of being spoiled, and sanitation services for half a million inhabitants have been halted. ... More
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Palestinian National InitiativeThe choice of non-violence: Our strategy for Palestine2008-04-22 Sixty years after the Naqba, the catastrophe, Palestinians are still without a state. They are living under occupation, many are in refugee camps, others are scattered around the world, and a part of the Palestinian people are no more than second class citizens in Israel itself. ... More |