All posts by Al-Shabaka

16 Mar
6:51

Climate Change and the Palestinian Authority

by Zena Agha, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Climate change is among the greatest threats currently facing human life. Its effects are global, wide-ranging, and unequally distributed. Despite Palestinians and Israelis inhabiting the same physical terrain, Palestinians under occupation will suffer the effects of climate change more severely. The single […]

22 Feb
7:49

The Escalation of Israeli Collective Punishment of Palestinians

by Nada Awad, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network The Israeli authorities forcibly transferred Palestinian Nadia Abu Jamal from Jerusalem in 2017, following the demolition of her family home in 2015. Israel’s National Insurance Institute also revoked healthcare and other social security entitlements from Abu Jamal’s three children, two of whom suffer […]

17 Feb
4:02

Palestine and the Israel-Saudi Arabia Alliance

by Ibrahim Fraihat, for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network The October 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi by agents of the Saudi government in Istanbul brought into sharp relief the deepening relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel: Israel had supplied Pegasus spyware to the Saudi government, which it used to surveille Khashoggi, and […]

30 Jan
5:09

Abbas and the Farce of Palestinian Democracy

by Yara Hawari, for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Since Mahmoud Abbas’s accession to the Palestinian Authority (PA) presidency in 2005, he has dominated the Palestinian political scene by consolidating his grip over various institutions while constraining opposition parties and figures. In addition to the split between Hamas and Fatah, which has been […]

19 Jan
7:17

What are the Elements of a Strategic Palestinian Narrative and Discourse?

by Amjad Iraqi, for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. This commentary is part of Al-Shabaka’s Narrative and Discourse Policy Circle, convened in 2018, in which a team of Al-Shabaka policy analysts worked together across borders to tackle the question of whether Palestinians should have a sole, legitimate narrative and, if so, what it […]

29 Dec
5:54

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

by Marwa Fatafta,  for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Overview Palestinians recently ranked corruption as the second largest problem they face after the economic crisis – 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
8:55

The EU and Jerusalem: The Potential for Pushback

by Yara Hawari , for Al-Shabaka 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
6:31

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

by Noura Mansour on October 28, 2018 for Al-Shabaka 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
8:40

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

Originally published by Al Shabaka 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
9:05

Israel’s Stranglehold on Area C: Development as Resistance

by Ahmad El-Atrash on September 27, 2018, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Israel’s 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
5:16

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

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

14 Sep
7:20

Reclaiming the Political Dimension of the Palestinian Narrative

Originally published by Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. by Hazem Jamjoum on September 12, 2018 Editor’s Note: This piece launches Al-Shabaka’s 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
8:59

Kushner’s Ongoing Assault on Palestinian Refugees

Originally published by Al Shabaka 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 – mainly engineered by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner – aim to take the Palestinian refugee question “off the […]

30 Aug
7:30

Satellite Imagery and the Palestine-Israel Exception

This article was originally published by Al Shabaka 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
1:53

Allying Against Iran: Repercussions for Palestine

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

24 Jul
11:25

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 – which began on March 30 […]

08 Jul
8:44

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
7:59

Palestine Sets Precedent with Legal Complaint

by Zaha Hassan on June 17, 2018 Attention has been focused on the state of Palestine’s recent submission of a “referral” 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
9:42

Upending the Palestinian Leadership: The Role of Youth

by Fadi Quran, Al Shabaka 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, Inès Abdel Razek, Tareq Baconi, and Ali Abdel Wahab – to read their contributions see here.   Instead of bringing […]

06 Jun
5:01

51st Anniversary of Naksa Commemorated

Palestinians marked, on Tuesday, June 5th, the 51st anniversary of the “Naksa,” or “setback,” when Israel invaded and occupied the West Bank, Gaza, Sinai, and the Golan Heights in 1967, during the Six-Day War, displacing some 300,000 Palestinians, as well as thousands of Syrians, from their homes. Palestinian officials and […]

01 Jun
6:03

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

by Valentina Azarova, for the Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. 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 […]

15 May
9:39

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

by Amal Ahmad, Irene Calis, Haidar Eid, Razi Nabulse, for the  Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. 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 […]

11 Apr
10:58

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
8:33

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’ale Adumim, Givat Zeev, Beitar Illit, and the Etzion bloc – a settlement cluster between Jerusalem and Hebron –and which was […]

18 Mar
8:18

Abbas’s Craven Response to the US UNRWA Cuts

by Randa Farah, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. In the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to freeze a significant portion of the US’s 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 […]

11 Mar
7:58

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’s 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’s political scene […]

03 Mar
7:29

Long Overdue: Alternatives to the Paris Protocol

by Nur Arafeh, for the Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. 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 – the parameters for the economic relationship between […]

18 Feb
6:29

Israel’s Latest Attempts to Alter Geopolitical Realities in Jerusalem

by Zena Agha on February 18, 2018, for the Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Since 1967, Israel has sought to limit Palestinian power, ownership, and habitation in the Jerusalem area on the one hand, and increase Jewish-Israeli presence and control on the other. While Jerusalem remains the only Palestinian territory illegally annexed by Israel […]

07 Jan
7:40

US Palestine Solidarity: Reviving Original Patterns of Political Engagement

by Loubna Qutami, for the Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Overview The past decade has seen major shifts in Palestinian and Palestine solidarity activism in the US. Many of these changes both inform and are caused by the explosion of awareness of the Palestinian struggle, which has long languished at the periphery […]

12 Nov
4:41

Report: Israeli Forced Displacement of Palestinians on Both Sides of the Green Line

The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC), Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, and partner organization CIDSE, an international family of Catholic social justice organizations based in Brussels, convened a meeting for 25 diplomats and representatives of international organizations in Jerusalem on 26 […]

01 Oct
9:12

Keeping Palestinian Women in Israel on the Economic Margins

October 1, 2017 9:12 PM Al-Shabaka Human rights, Opinion/Analysis, Palestine 0

by Suheir Abu Oksa Daoud, Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Overview Palestinian women citizens of Israel have one of the world’s lowest participation rates in the labor market, while their Jewish counterparts have one of the highest rates. Though Israeli government officials have publicly stated that the country needs to boost […]

16 Sep
7:55

UNCTAD Report: 50 Year Occupation Destroyed Palestinian Economy

A scathing report from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development describes how 50 years of Israeli occupation has prevented economic development in Palestine, and highlights the destructive impact of Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank. Dr. Alaa Tartir is the Program Director of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network and […]

28 Aug
7:08

Rethinking Our Definition of Apartheid: Not Just A Political Regime

Overview As Israel intensifies its settler-colonial project, apartheid has become an increasingly important framework for understanding and challenging Israeli rule in historic Palestine. Indeed, Nadia Hijab and Ingrid Jaradat Gassner make a convincing argument that apartheid is the most strategic framework of analysis. And in March 2017, the UN Economic and Social […]

25 Aug
8:17

The Policies Kushner Should Push For

August 25, 2017 8:17 PM Al-Shabaka International Politics, Palestine 0

by Zaha Hassan, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, as well as envoy Jason Greenblatt and deputy national security advisor for strategy Dina Powell, are in Israel and Palestine today in an attempt to restart the stalled Israeli-Palestinian “peace process.” According to the […]

19 Aug
5:42

Israel Withholds Secret List of BDS Supporters (VIDEO)

The Israeli government is compiling a list of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activists who are not allowed to travel to Israel. Asa Winstanly of the Electronic Intifada talks about the effort to expose this secret list. TRNN transcript: SHARMINI PERIES: It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries coming to […]

02 Jul
9:30

Don’t Historicize the Balfour Declaration: The Past is Still the Palestinians’ Present

by Yara Hawari  Overview The political turmoil in the United Kingdom following Prime Minister Theresa May’s re-election with a reduced, precarious majority and the implications for the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union have overshadowed Britain’s other foreign policy concerns. Among other repercussions, it casts doubt on the way in […]

03 Jun
7:14

Beyond the Binary: Two States, One State, Failed State, No State

by Amal Ahmad, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Though the international community has hailed the two-state solution since the early 1990s, it has become clear that Israel’s fragmentation of Palestinian people and territory over the past 50 years aims to make a sovereign Palestinian state impossible. While politicians explain this […]

24 May
11:46

The Palestinian Authority Security Forces: Whose Security?

by Alaa Tartir, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. “To speak of Israeli-Palestinian “cooperation”…is to use no less than a misnomer. This is not, however, simply because “the outcome of cooperation between an elephant and a fly is not hard to predict,” as Chomsky so pithily writes…but because under Oslo, […]

26 Mar
11:24

Whose “Ethnic Cleansing?”: Israel’s Appropriation of the Palestinian Narrative

by Dina Matar, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently claimed, in a video posted on his Facebook page, that the Palestinian demand to dismantle illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) constitutes an act of “ethnic cleansing” against Israeli Jewish settlers.  The […]

13 Mar
9:11

How Israel Uses Gas to Enforce Palestinian Dependency and Promote Normalization

Overview Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory does not only exist above ground. Since 1967, Israel has systematically colonized Palestinian natural resources and, in the field of hydrocarbons, has prevented Palestinians from accessing their own oil and gas reserves. Such restrictions have ensured the continued dependence of Palestinians on Israel for […]

01 Dec
2:03

Economic Collapse in East Jerusalem: Strategies for Recovery

Nur Arafeh , November 30, 2016, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network In an unusual move, and after years of neglect, American and European delegations and development agencies have recently been visiting East Jerusalem and showing an increased interest in “doing something” about its deteriorating socioeconomic conditions. Moreover, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is, […]

27 Oct
5:40

One Hundred Years and Counting: Britain, Balfour, and the Cultural Repression of Palestinians

Overview If Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour passes over the perimeter of her home’s driveway in her village of Reineh in the Galilee, an alarm will sound at the British multinational security firm G4S and the Israeli authorities will be alerted. Israeli police arrested Tatour in the early hours of October […]