Dr. Ashrawi delivers the closing keynote speech at the 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora Conference

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi delivered the closing keynote address entitled, “Framing Current Issues in Palestine,” at the 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora Conference yesterday which was sponsored by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) and the Know Thy Heritage (KTH) program; the Conference was held on July 12 and 13 at the Grand Park Hotel in Ramallah.

In her speech, Dr. Ashrawi, who serves on the KTH Advisory Board, congratulated both the HCEF and the KTH program for their “outstanding work” and commended them for “creating a space for the collective Palestinian experience which is important to all Palestinians and for contributing to the revitalization of the Palestinian collective as a whole.”

Dr. Ashrawi provided a thorough analysis of the current bleak situation, including the cruelties of the occupation and the encroachment of the Israeli military, and global, regional and local developments.

She stressed that peacemaking and nation-building are not mutually exclusive: “A state cannot be built under occupation.”

Read the article on the Australian Embassy of the State of Palestine website.