In an interview with Muslim Press, Chris Galloway, a professor from Massey University in New Zealand, expressed hopes that Quds Day rallies would “stimulate active but peaceful responses to the present intolerable situation where an occupying power has institutionalized discrimination.”
Here’s the full transcript of the interview:
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.
Dr. Chris Galloway is head of the public relations programme, including the master in professional public relations, at the Massey Business School. He joins many years of experience as a journalist and senior public relations specialist to his academic interests in issue, reputation risk and crisis communication. He has taught at universities in both Australia and New Zealand.