Muslim Press: What’s the significance of International Quds Day rallies? How are these rallies met across the world?
Chris Galloway: The significance of the international rallies is simply to remind public opinion around the world that Jerusalem remains a divided city even though notionally it is one. Hopefully the rallies also stimulate active but peaceful responses to the present intolerable situation where an occupying power has institutionalized discrimination.
MP: How do you feel and think about the future of Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Is there any path towards peace?
Chris Galloway: In some ways I think there will not be such a chance until God intervenes directly at the end of the age. This is not to dodge the question but simply to say that one is dealing with a kind of spiritual contest here as well as a physical one. The more steps are taken to constrain options by unilateral building and land seizures, the harder it is to see any viable peace that does not involve a near complete surrender to the occupiers.
MP: What role dose the UN play in the conflict?
Chris Galloway: The role of the UN is what it has always been: to coordinate provision of relief and to advocate the needs of the disadvantaged and dispossessed. One side does not accept the involvement of the UN so it is hard to see a broader mandate being given to the UN.
MP: Some governments in the Middle East are expanding their ties with Israel. Are they betraying the Palestinian cause?
Chris Galloway: Palestinians might see this as a betrayal; I think it is simply political pragmatism, however one views it.