All posts by Al-Shabaka

29 Dec

Neopatrimonialism, Corruption, and the Palestinian Authority: Pathways to Real Reform

by¬†Marwa Fatafta,¬† for Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. Overview Palestinians¬†recently ranked¬†corruption as the second largest problem they face after the economic crisis ‚Äď higher than the Israeli occupation, which ranked third. Indeed,¬†Palestinians generally¬†view¬†Palestinian Authority (PA)officials as a self-serving, elitist group disconnected from the Palestinian national struggle and the daily sufferings […]

27 Nov

The EU and Jerusalem: The Potential for Pushback

by¬†Yara Hawari¬†, for Al-Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. Overview The US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018 set¬†a dangerous precedent¬†that both encouraged Israel to continue its annexation and colonization of Palestinian land and invited third states to join in violating their obligations under international law. Although condemned […]

30 Oct

Australia and Palestine-Israel: The Threat of the Far Right

by¬†Noura Mansour¬†on¬†October 28, 2018 for Al-Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. The government of Australia, along with Israel and the US, recently¬†voted¬†against the UN resolution to elect Palestine as chair of the Group of 77, enabling it to act like a full member state during 2019. That same week, Australian Prime Minister […]

20 Oct

Dark Money: Palestine, Mega Donors, and the 2018 Midterm Elections

Originally published by Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. The 2018 mid-term elections are expected to be the most expensive in American history. Four years ago, the 2014 mid-term elections had fewer donors than in previous elections but spending still surpassed previous elections. To fill their campaign coffers, Democrats and Republicans […]

27 Sep

Israel’s Stranglehold on Area C: Development as Resistance

by¬†Ahmad El-Atrash¬†on¬†September 27, 2018, for¬†Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. Israel‚Äôs efforts to tighten its grip on the West Bank have been unprecedented since the current Israeli cabinet formed in 2015. Last year, for instance, witnessed the highest number of tenders for Israeli settlement construction, with¬†more than 3,100 government proposals¬†issued for […]

25 Sep

Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network: Advancing A Global Palestinian Policy Voice

Al-Shabaka is pleased to share with you¬†Al-Shabaka‚Äôs latest annual report, which covers our achievements in 2017 as well some of of our progress in 2018. This year‚Äôs annual report is dedicated to the memory of Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan, who was the first to support Al-Shabaka‚Äôs mission, and who passed away […]

14 Sep

Reclaiming the Political Dimension of the Palestinian Narrative

Originally published by Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. by¬†Hazem Jamjoum¬†on¬†September 12, 2018 Editor‚Äôs Note:¬†This piece launches Al-Shabaka‚Äôs Narrative and Discourse Policy Circle, in which a team of Al-Shabaka policy analysts¬†are working together across borders to tackle the question of whether Palestinians should have a sole, legitimate narrative and, if so, […]

04 Sep

Kushner’s Ongoing Assault on Palestinian Refugees

Originally published by Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. by¬†Zena Agha¬†on¬†September 4, 2018 The US administration is waging an assault against Palestinian refugees. Diplomatic, legal, and financial measures ‚Äď mainly engineered by President Donald Trump‚Äôs son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner ‚Äď aim to take the Palestinian refugee question ‚Äúoff the […]

30 Aug

Satellite Imagery and the Palestine-Israel Exception

This article was originally published by Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. by¬†Zena Agha Introduction In the United States and beyond, the rules that apply to the rest of the world have long applied differently to Palestine-Israel. In the US, this exceptionalism often manifests as censorship of Palestinian perspectives and operates […]

15 Aug

Allying Against Iran: Repercussions for Palestine

Article¬† originally published by Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. by¬†Diana Buttu,¬†Osamah Khalil,¬†Mouin Rabbani¬†on¬†August 14, 2018 When the Iran deal ‚Äď or¬†Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)¬†‚Äď was signed three years ago, Al-Shabaka analysts did not see significant changes in store for US-Palestinian relations, although¬†they predicted¬†that Palestinians‚Äô situation would worsen when […]

24 Jul

Back to the Future: The Great March of Return

This piece was originally published by Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network,¬†an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law.¬† by¬†Haidar Eid¬†on¬†July 24, 2018 The¬†Great March of Return¬†‚Äď which began on March 30 […]

08 Jul

The EU Must Fight the US Embassy Move to Jerusalem

This piece was originally published by Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law. By¬†Yara Hawari¬†on¬†July 8, 2018:¬† When the US moved its embassy from Tel […]

17 Jun

Palestine Sets Precedent with Legal Complaint

by¬†Zaha Hassan¬†on¬†June 17, 2018 Attention has been focused on the state of Palestine‚Äôs¬†recent submission¬†of a ‚Äúreferral‚ÄĚ to the International Criminal Court (ICC), alleging that Israeli officials committed war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Palestinian people. However, another complaint recently submitted by the state of Palestine has received much […]

09 Jun

Upending the Palestinian Leadership: The Role of Youth

by¬†Fadi Quran, Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network This analysis is part of the Al-Shabaka Policy Circle on Leadership and Accountability and is published alongside the contributions made by Dana El-Kurd, Marwa Fatafta,¬†In√®s Abdel Razek, Tareq Baconi, and Ali Abdel Wahab ‚Äď to read their contributions¬†see here. ¬† Instead of bringing […]

01 Jun

The UN Database on Business in Israeli Settlements: Pitfalls and Opportunities

by¬†Valentina Azarova As Israel¬†ramps up construction of settlements¬†in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) with added cover from the Trump administration, we should recall that not only does the establishment and maintenance of the settlements constitute violations of international law, but so do¬†all private transactions and business dealings in or related […]

15 May

70 Years of Nakba: Where Can Palestinians Go from Here?

by¬†Amal Ahmad,¬†Irene Calis,¬†Haidar Eid,¬†Razi Nabulse¬† May 15, 2018 The Palestinian people have perhaps never been more in need of a forward-looking vision to shape their struggle. In facing the 70thanniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe and the creation of Israel, on May 15, they also face a myriad of circumstances […]

11 Apr

Israel’s Relentless Land Grabs: How Palestinians Resist

by¬†Yara Hawari Overview It has been 42 years since the Israeli police shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel as they protested the expropriation of thousands of dunums of Palestinian land by the government. The protests were a result of mass collective action across the part of Mandate Palestine […]

30 Mar

Israel’s Annexation Crusade in Jerusalem: The Role of Ma’ale Adumim and the E1 Corridor

by¬†Zena Agha Overview In recent months, Israel has made a series of relentless attempts to annex settlements bordering Jerusalem. The most ambitious: The¬†Greater Jerusalem bill, which sought to annex Ma‚Äôale Adumim, Givat Zeev, Beitar Illit, and the Etzion bloc ‚Äď a settlement cluster between Jerusalem and Hebron ‚Äďand which was […]

18 Mar

Abbas’s Craven Response to the US UNRWA Cuts

by¬†Randa Farah In the wake of President Donald Trump‚Äôs decision to freeze a significant portion of the US‚Äôs contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency¬†for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), many leaders and public figures opposed to the move have not decried it for the humanitarian […]

11 Mar

When Left is Right: How Palestinians Can Burst Israel’s Political Bubble

by¬†Amjad Iraqi¬†on¬†March 11, 2018 Overview Although no indictments have been issued yet, Israelis are speculating whether the latest developments in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‚Äôs¬†corruption scandals¬†finally mark the beginning of his political demise. The second-longest serving prime minister after David Ben-Gurion, Netanyahu has had a profound impact on Israel‚Äôs political scene […]

03 Mar

Long Overdue: Alternatives to the Paris Protocol

by¬†Nur Arafeh¬† Overview If Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is serious about distancing himself from reliance on US mediation and from collaboration with Israel he should look seriously at alternatives to the Paris Economic Protocol ‚Äď the parameters for the economic relationship between Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory […]