Being a former grassroots activist and an avowed communist, Mustafa Barghouthi did not mince his words when criticizing the Israeli government and a whole host of its policies.

by Editor Nasional

On invitation from the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), The Jakarta Post's M. Taufiqurrahman visited Israel in May with journalists and members of prominent think tanks from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. He engaged in discussions with policy makers, experts and activists from both Israeli and Palestinian sides of the conflict and visited hot spots in the decades-long conflict. This report looks into challenges in finding permanent solutions to the long-standing problem. Being a former grassroots activist and an avowed communist, Mustafa Barghouthi did not mince his words when criticizing the Israeli government and a whole host of its policies. “This looks more and more like an apartheid system,” he said in an interview with a group of Southeast Asian journalists conducted at his office on the third floor of the Palestinian Medical...