What Palestinians Need - Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, joins Hala and Will.
Dr. Mustafa Barghouti is a physician and political activist focused on the development of Palestinian civil society and grassroots democracy. He is the international spokesman for the Palestinian NGO sector, and organizer of international solidarity presence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). Dr. Barghouti writes extensively for local and international audiences on civil society, democracy issues and the political situation in alestine, and on health development policy for Palestinians living under occupation.
In addition, Dr. Barghouti is President of the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, an NGO that provides health and community services to more than 1 million people annually in the Occupied Territories. He also serves as Director of the Health Development Information and Policy Institute, an independent Ramallah-based think-tank specializing in policy research and planning for the Palestinian health care system in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Dr. Barghouti was a candidate for president of the Palestinian National Authority in 2005, garnering 19% of the vote.
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