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Bassem Eid v Ali Abunimah

The Palestinian Right of Return was considered 28 March 2007 at the Doha Debates, a public forum for dialogue and freedom of speech in Qatar. Yossi Beilin, a Knesset member and Chairman of the Meretz-Yachad party, and Bassem Eid, of the Palestine Human Rights Monitoring Group, argued for the motion that “the Palestinians should give up their full right of return.” Ali Abunimah, cofounder of The Electronic Intifada, and Israeli academic Ilan Pappe challenged the motion, which was rejected by almost 82 percent of the audience. The following is an email exchange between Bassem Eid and Ali Abunimah published on the Guardian’s Comment is free blog.