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Mid-East voices: Wafa Abdel Rahman

Israelis and Palestinians share their experiences and their thoughts on the possibility of peace.


I am angry but I want to be optimistic and I want to see an end to this conflict

Wafa Abdel Rahman
Age: 38
Occupation: NGO director
Location: Ramallah, West Bank

I feel my story mirrors my people's journey. My parents were forced to leave their villages in 1948 and ended up living in Gaza where I was born. I now live in the West Bank.

I have been made a refugee in my own country. We are treated like prisoners because of all the check points and the security wall.

This is how the Palestinians feel - that we have been kept prisoners in our own land. And this is why it is difficult for us to embark on peace with the Israelis.

My family and friends believe that ending the conflict is just a dream. People feel frustrated and hopeless.

Peace is possible and the formula is simple: we need to create a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

To achieve this we must go to the root of the conflict. Israel must end its occupation.

Palestinians don't have much to give up. All we can do is accept an Israeli state based on its 1967 borders, next to a new Palestinian entity.

I am angry but I want to be optimistic and I want to see an end to this conflict.

Every minute of every day I have to resist the impulse to give up all hope.

It took me two years of struggling with the Israeli authorities to get my parents - who are in their seventies - out of Gaza for decent medical treatment. I got them out but it nearly broke my heart.



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