All posts by Al-Shabaka

07 Feb

Criminalizing Palestinian Resistance: The EU’s New Conditions on Aid to Palestine

by¬†Tariq Dana for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network The EU recently notified the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations (PNGO) network of¬†new conditions on its aid, namely that Palestinian civil society organizations are obligated not to deal with individuals or groups designated as ‚Äúterrorist‚ÄĚ by the EU. This includes staff, contractors, beneficiaries, and recipients […]

19 Jan

Maps, Technology, and Decolonial Spatial Practices in Palestine

by¬†Zena Agha for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Overview The practice of mapping in Palestine-Israel has long been an exercise in power, imperialism, and dispossession. From the British Mandate to the present day, Zionist (later Israeli) cartographers have used maps to obfuscate and eradicate physical, geographic, and social markers of Palestinians‚Äô […]

05 Jan

The Growing Gap between Jordan and Israel, After 25 Years of ‚ÄúPeace‚ÄĚ

by¬†Oraib Rantawi for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Several recent incidents underscore the cooling in Jordanian-Israeli relations 25 years after the two signed the Wadi ‚ÄėAraba peace agreement. Israel‚Äôs imprisonment without charge of two Jordanian nationals of Palestinian origin during the summer led to Jordan‚Äôs withdrawal of its ambassador ‚Äúfor consultations‚ÄĚ […]

06 Dec

The Systematic Torture of Palestinians in Israeli Detention

by¬†Yara Hawari,¬†for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Since the establishment of Israel in 1948, the Israeli Security Agency has been torturing Palestinians. Al-Shabaka Senior Palestine Policy Fellow Yara Hawari argues that the use of torture in Israeli detention is systematic and legitimized through domestic law, and outlines steps for the […]

26 Nov

A Question of UN Credibility: Releasing the Settlements Database

by¬†Nada Awad,¬†Maha Abdullah for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Hundreds of Palestinian, regional, and international organizations have¬†called¬†on the previous and current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to release the UN database of companies engaged in activities with Israel‚Äôs illegal settlements. Though the¬†2016 Human Rights Council resolution¬†called for the release […]

11 Nov

Restructuring the Palestinian Authority: It’s Now or Never

by¬†Dana El Kurd, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Overview The Palestinian Authority (PA) has perhaps never been so embattled, polarizing, or internally fragmented. In the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the PA has cut itself off from Gaza, and reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah continues to be elusive. Regionally, the […]

12 Oct

UNRWA in a Time of Crisis: Separating the Red Herrings from Legitimate Shortcomings

by¬†Ardi¬†Imseis for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees has faced much turmoil in the past few years. In August 2018, the US¬†announced¬†that it would no longer fund UNRWA, withdrawing the more than $300 million it had formerly supplied annually. Though others, such […]

23 Sep

Palestinian Opposition to Social Security: Revolution or Devolution?

September 23, 2019 12:06 PM Al-Shabaka Opinion/Analysis, Palestinian Politics, West Bank 0

by¬†Karam Omar¬†for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Overview Social security functions as a safety net to protect workers in cases of illness, injury, and disability, and as a source of income after retirement. Its¬†origins can be traced¬†to the end of the nineteenth century, when Germany introduced the first mandatory social […]

17 Aug

Dangerous Bill in Congress to Crush the PLO and PA

by¬†Zaha Hassan¬†for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network A bipartisan US bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee puts at stake the ability of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to engage diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations and to seek accountability through international mechanisms, as well […]

05 Aug

The Political Marginalization of Palestinian Women in the West Bank

August 5, 2019 10:17 PM Al-Shabaka News Report, Opinion/Analysis, Palestine 0

by¬†Yara Hawari¬†for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY While Palestinian women have always faced political marginalization, developments since the Oslo Accords have¬†caused them to endure perhaps even more formidable challenges when it comes to political participation. Al-Shabaka Palestine Policy Fellow Yara Hawari outlines these challenges and recommends ways for […]

22 Jul

The US Law Restricting Satellite Imagery of Palestine-Israel

by¬†Zena Agha¬†on¬†July 21, 2019 for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Bipartisan legislation passed by the US Congress in 1997 limits the quality and availability of aerial photography of Palestine-Israel. The Kyl-Bingaman Amendment (KBA) to the US National Defense Authorization Act was passed under the pretext of protecting Israel‚Äôs national security. […]

21 Jun

Donor Perceptions of Palestine: Limits to Aid Effectiveness

by¬†Jeremy Wildeman¬†for Al Shabaka Palesinian Policy Network Overview Funds from Western donors have comprised the majority of the more than¬†$36.2 billion¬†in development assistance spent on the¬†Palestinian economy¬†from 1993 to 2017. This spending, done in support of the Oslo peace process under US¬†political leadership¬†and World Bank¬†technical guidance, has largely been disbursed […]

27 May

The Rise in Hate Speech Targeting Palestinians in Israeli Social Media

Written by¬†Nadim Nashif,¬†for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Israel is a world leader in cybersecurity technologies and surveillance and, on platforms like Facebook and Twitter, uses predictive social media policing systems to increasingly limit Palestinians‚Äô freedom of expression. These systems locate users by matching traits like age, gender, and location […]

20 Apr

Who Lost the Arabs? Regional Relations with Palestine

by¬†Ibrahim Fraihat,¬†Nadine Naber,¬†Loubna Qutami,¬†Sherene Seikaly – on¬†April 18, 2019 Published From al-Shabaka – The Palestinian¬† Policy Network¬† Overview: Nadine Naber For decades, progressive political analysts have critiqued Arab states for abandoning the Palestinian struggle for liberation. According to this critique, while Arab governments often claim solidarity with Palestinians, their actions […]

16 Mar

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

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‚Äôs National Insurance Institute also revoked healthcare and other social security entitlements from Abu Jamal‚Äôs three children, two of whom suffer […]

17 Feb

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

Abbas and the Farce of Palestinian Democracy

by¬†Yara Hawari,¬†for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Since Mahmoud Abbas‚Äôs 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

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‚Äôs 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

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 ‚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-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

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

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

Israel’s Stranglehold on Area C: Development as Resistance

by¬†Ahmad El-Atrash¬†on¬†September 27, 2018, for¬†Al Shabaka 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 Shabaka 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 Shabaka 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 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 ‚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 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

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 ‚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 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,¬†In√®s Abdel Razek, Tareq Baconi, and Ali Abdel Wahab ‚Äď to read their contributions¬†see here. ¬† Instead of bringing […]

06 Jun

51st Anniversary of Naksa Commemorated

Palestinians marked, on Tuesday, June 5th, the 51st anniversary of the “Naksa,” or ‚Äúsetback,‚ÄĚ 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

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

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

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, for¬†Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. 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 […]

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, 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 ‚Äď the parameters for the economic relationship between […]

18 Feb

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

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

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

The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC), Adalah ‚Äď 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

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‚Äôs 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

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

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

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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúpeace process.‚ÄĚ According to the […]

19 Aug

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

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‚Äôs re-election with a reduced, precarious majority and the implications for the UK‚Äôs negotiations to leave the European Union have overshadowed Britain‚Äôs other foreign policy concerns. Among other repercussions, it casts doubt on the way in […]

03 Jun

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‚Äôs 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

The Palestinian Authority Security Forces: Whose Security?

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

26 Mar

Whose ‚ÄúEthnic Cleansing?‚ÄĚ: Israel‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúethnic cleansing‚ÄĚ against Israeli Jewish settlers. ¬†The […]

13 Mar

How Israel Uses Gas to Enforce Palestinian Dependency and Promote Normalization

Overview Israel‚Äôs 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

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 ‚Äúdoing something‚ÄĚ about its deteriorating socioeconomic conditions. Moreover, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is, […]

27 Oct

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‚Äôs 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 […]