Wadah Khanfar: Palestine Still A Central Issue For A Changing Arab World
The following is my latest piece for the Note about an event I got to attend last night. I also got to personally say hello to Mr. Khanfar, which was really cool.
Last night, I was privileged enough to attend another episode of the Atlantic Exchange series with former director of Al Jazeera, and now head of the new Sharq Forum, Wadah Khanfar hosted by Palestine Note co-publisher Steve Clemons. In addition to getting to sit in the same room as someone has been listed in the top one-hundred most powerful people in the world by Forbes Magazine, those of us in the audience also got to hear from the man himself about some pretty juicy topics. Mr. Khanfar responded thoughtfully and candidly to Steve questions about his reasons for leaving Al Jazeera, his views on the Qatari government, political Islam, and the importance of social media in the “Arab Spring”*. What I was really looking forward to, however, was hearing what Mr. Khanfar had to say about the role of Palestinian issues in the Arab movements. More on that after the jump.