Will there ever be peace in the embattled Middle East?
As the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians swells from the recent rocket attacks against Israel and Israel's offensive in Gaza, many questions have been raised about the future of the Palestinians.
Where do they go from here? What actions are needed from the international community to help end this war? Amidst the violence and fleeing refugees, can a Palestinian state actually come to fruition?
Even though Hamas has suffered casualties, have they won sympathy?
A panel of Palestinian voices and experts share their outlooks for the region.
George Bisharat is a prominent Palestinian-American professor of law and frequent commentator on current events in the Middle East, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular.
Jamal Dajani is an award winning producer and Senior Director of Middle Eastern Programming at Link TV. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Dajani completed his early studies at College des Freres and attended Columbia University in New York City, where he received a B.A. degree in Political Science.
Since 2001 he has produced more than 1,600 installments of Mosaic: World News from the Middle East, winner of the prestigious Peabody Award. In 2006, Dajani launched The Mosaic Intelligence Report monthly newsletter and MIR weekly videos, adding more in-depth and below the radar Middle East news analysis to Mosaic.
Dajani has worked on several television productions, including Occupied Minds, a documentary shedding light on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and Who Speaks for Islam?, both of which aired on Link TV and PBS stations. Recently he was a consultant for PBS Frontline World War of Ideas and author of The Arab Media Revolution.
Dajani is a frequent guest on several national and international media broadcast networks and has published numerous articles on the Middle East in many print and electronic media outlets. He is the co-host of Arab Talk on KPOO radio, a contributor to the Listening Post on Al Jazeera English and serves on the board of New America Media, the largest collaboration of ethnic news organizations in the U.S.
Dajani served for two years (2003-2004) as President of the Arab Cultural & Community Center in San Francisco. In 2005, he was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom to the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission where he serves as Acting Chair.
Omar Dajani is a Palestinian-American professor and former member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Negotiations Support Unit.
In 1999, he left the United States to join the Palestine Liberation Organization's Negotiations Support Unit, where he worked as a senior legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team. In 2001, Dajani left his post at the PLO to take a position as a political advisor to United Nations Special Envoy Terje Rad-Larsen, which he held until 2003. Dajani is currently an Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.
Jess Ghannam is an accomplished Palestinian-American doctor and professor who is active in numerous non-governmental organizations and in carrying out humanitarian work, particularly in the Gaza Strip.
He is a clinical professor and the Chief of Medical Psychology at the University of California, San Francisco, and also practices at the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center.
George Bisharat, a Palestinian-American professor of law, argues the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no longer possible due to the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the Palestinian refugees living in Israel.
"I believe that the only fair solution for Palestine and Israelis alike is to live in a state in which both peoples enjoy equal rights," he says.
Jess Ghannam, a Palestinian-American doctor and professor, welcomes the recent Israeli election of Prime Minister-Delegate Benjamin Netanyahu for surprising reasons, but Jamal Dajani, senior director of Middle Eastern programming at Link TV, says Netanyahu is a setback for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
YOU CAN NOT BUILD A PALESTINIAN STATE ON HISTORICAL DISTORTIONS AND OUTRIGHT LIES:
THERE WAS NEVER A PALESTINIAN STATE-COUNTRY even REGION. THIS Palestinian idea is a recent invention by ARAFAT who was a EGYPTIAN! SINCE THERE WAS AND IS NEVER A PALESTINIAN country ALL PALESTINIANS came from JORDON LEBANON SYRIA. THE TURKS DROVE THE ARABS TO PALESTINE THAT WAS ALWAYS JEWISH: LIKE MOHAMMED FLEW ON A WINGED HORSE OVER THE TEMPLE MOUNT; AS LONG AS THEY PUSH THIS POOP AND THE MOSQUE,
ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT, SALADIN TO HUMILATE THE JEWS. MOHAMMED NEVER IN JERUSALEM; AND JERUSALEM NEVER IN THE KORAN. BEST SOLUTION IS FOR 27 ARAB STATES TO ABSORB THIS SO CALLED PALESTINE PEOPLES. LEAVE ISRAEL ALONE TO THEMSELVES:
THESE GUYS ARE STUCK ON STUPID WHY BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THE HISTORICAL LIES. STUCK ON STUPID!