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Former Israeli and Palestinian Combatants Oppose Israeli Government Panel Declaring West Bank Settlements Don't Violate International Law

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Posted July 18, 2012

Interview with Erez Krispin and Nour Shehada, Israeli Combatant for Peace Erez Krispin and Palestinian Nour Shehada Combatant for Peace, conducted by Melinda Tuhus. Photo by Chris Zurcher

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Combatants for Peace is an organization made up of former Israeli soldiers and former Palestinian fighters who have concluded that violence will not lead to a just and peaceful settlement in the Middle East. They condemn Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands and support a two-state solution based in part on Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank.

Combatants for Peace members often travel to speak in the U.S., always in pairs. On July 15, Israeli Erez Krispin and Palestinian Nour Shehada joined more than 200 local residents in New Haven, Conn.'s third annual I Wage Peace walk, organized by local billboard company owner, peace activist and filmmaker Bruce Barrett. The walk calls on all people of good will – especially Christians, Jews and Muslims – to work for peace in Israel/Palestine.

Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with Krispin and Shehada after the I Wage Peace walk. She began by asking their opinions on the recent report by an Israeli government-appointed panel, known as the Levy Committee that stated, contrary to international law, settlements in the West Bank are legal, affirming Israel's long-held position. The report also concluded that most unauthorized outposts – up to now considered illegal by the Israeli government – should also be officially recognized. Israeli Erez Krispin responded first.

EREZ KRISPIN: It's the Levy Committee that was appointed by the Israeli government, and decided what the current right-wing government of Israel wanted to hear and decide. But this was a political committee, not a judicial committee. And the settlements are illegal – any settlements are illegal, according to international law. It is the Number One obstacle for peace and for settlement with the Palestinians. The settlements are located in a way that you cannot create a contiguous Palestinian state. And that's our message – that the U.S. has to finally object to the industry of settlement and be active against this problem for peace.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Nour, as a Palestinian, what do you think of this development?

NOUR SHEHADA: For me, it's not a good decision. It's not serving peace, because all the people in the world agree since 1967 this is Palestinian land. How can we take a decision for legal building in this land? It's not Israeli land. This is a problem. I think it put a lot of big stones in the way of peace. I am not agree(ing) with this decision. I hope the Israeli government will take a decision to do peace, to make peace, to not make a decision to be war, to be a new intifada.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Do you think that that decision could lead to another intifada by Palestinians if they feel it's just dashing any hope of a settlement where Palestine could have a functioning country, a two-state solution?

NOUR SHEHADA: I can't tell you, but it's reason, because the settlements will eat all the Palestinian land from 1967. The settlement is very very big problem. It's the first problem now, to make peace to build a state on Palestinian land. Where is the state? Where is the Palestinian state?

BETWEEN THE LINES: I just read today that in accordance with the settlement from the hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners that they've started allowing some of the prisoners from Gaza to start having family visits. Do you see that as a positive development? Erez, as an Israeli, what do you think?

EREZ KRISPIN: There are certain international laws regarding how you can treat prisoners and detainees. And Israel apparently doesn't give all it needs to give in terms of rights for these prisoners. There is a good step forward in recent weeks, resulting probably due to negotiations between the Israeli government and Hamas. Of course tacit negotiations; I hope that it continues and they will give them the rights they deserve as detainees, as prisoners. I hope they will release most of them because most of them are in prison without trial without reasons that were revealed to the public. Some of them deserve to be in jail; most of them not.

BETWEEN THE LINES: There's been, you know, talk about getting Hamas together with Fatah (Palestinian Authority) in some kind of unity government that has not been the case since 2006 or '07. Do you think that would help lead to a two-state solution between Palestine and Israel if the Palestinian factors get together? Or do you think that that isn't where the Palestinians need to go, because I know many Palestinians don't like either faction.

NOUR SHEHADA: Sure. Hamas is one of the factions in Palestine. The people from Hamas are the Palestinian people. It's no different between people from Hamas and people from Fatah – all the people fighting for freedom. I think if Fatah and Hamas make an agreement, it gives a lot for the peace – big chance to do a peace. You know Hamas (unintelligible). It's very important. It's very [good] chance for peace. And maybe it will be close to Palestinian state. And Hamas is now speaking about two states. I think it's no problem. But we need to go to the non-violent struggle; this is the important thing for me.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Erez?

EREZ KRISPIN: I think there is a window of opportunity now. Hamas is on the fence from several reasons. We can attract them; we can give them all the reasons to support the two-state solutions, to support the existence of Israel, or we can distract them. We can give them all the reasons to return to the path of violence. I think it's not only Fatah; it's also up to the Israeli government to decide if they want negotiations with Hamas, because there will be negotiations – the same way that there weren't negotiations with Fatah and at some point the Israeli government decided, realized, it's better to attract these factions and to talk to them. I hope the same decision will be made regarding Hamas.

To learn more about Combatants for Peace, visit cfpeace.org/. For more information on the sponsor of the Connecticut event, visit iwagepeace.org.