"There is a big difference between the resistance during the first intifada and the resistance we see today," Hanan Ashrawi told Ny Tid. "The first intifada was a non-violent struggle against an Israeli military presence that affected all aspects of our lives. Since then, Israel has changed its occupation. They do not control our lives directly, but do everything in their power to keep us in control anyway. Gaza is under a cruel siege, while the West Bank is completely divided. Now they are also working to completely change the demographics of Jerusalem, "said Ashrawi.
The Palestinian diplomat, academic and politician became internationally known as a spokesperson for and prominent member of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid peace talks in 1991-1993, after being a leading figure under it. . .