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EI discusses Palestine after Arafat on CBC Radio's "As It Happens"

EI’s Ali Abunimah and former US Middle East envoy Dennis Ross appeared on CBC Radio’s As It Happens program to discuss Arafat’s legacy and what may come next. Abunimah said that Yasir Arafat is the “undisputed symbol” of the Palestinian nation and added, “We have to stop using the real shortcomings of Arafat and the Palestinian Authority as an excuse not to confront the reality that what fuels the conflict is Israeli military occupation. So the day after Arafat leaves the scene the test of our seriousness about making peace is whether we want to focus on those realities or keep talking about personalities.”