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Abbas, Fayyad, Barghouti among 'top 100 thinkers'

Nov. 29, 2011 7:06 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 29, 2011 7:06 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas, PA premier Salam Fayyad and lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti are among Foreign Policy Magazine's 100 top thinkers for 2011.

The list "presents a unique portrait of 2011's global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them," according to the magazine, and features a strong showing of Arab leaders and revolutionaries.

Abbas and Fayyad take joint 28th place: "If Palestine ever becomes a state, it will owe much to these two men and their steadfast rejection of violence," FP maintains.

The president's drive for UN membership is credited for galvanizing world attention "in a way that dozens of suicide bombers never could," while Fayyad's state-building efforts are lauded for raising the standards of Palestinian institutions and slashing the economy's dependence on foreign aid.

Meanwhile, Palestinian National Initiative co-founder and popular struggle activist Mustafa Barghouti is listed 84th "for believing in a different politics for Palestine."

"More than anyone else, politician and human rights activist Mustafa Barghouti has pioneered an alternative path that emphasizes nonviolent tactics to delegitimize the Israeli occupation and demands that the Palestinian national movement live up to its ideals," the magazine says.

Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan is the only Israeli official on the list, taking 63rd place "for being the last man in Israel to stand up to Benjamin Netanyahu."

The spymaster's "extraordinary media blitz" challenged the Israeli prime minister's efforts to go to war with Iran and his reluctance to pursue peace with Palestine, the magazine noted.

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