Criminalizing Resistance: The Cases of Balata and Jenin Refugee Camps

Abstract: The Palestinian Authority (PA) adopted donor-driven security sector reform (SSR) as the linchpin to its post-2007 state-building project. As SSR proceeded, the occupied West Bank became a securitized space and the theater for PA security campaigns whose ostensible purpose … Continue reading Criminalizing Resistance: The Cases of Balata and Jenin Refugee Camps

نحو رؤية تنموية فلسطينية

تناقش هذه المقالة أثر المساعدات الدولية في التنمية الفلسطينية، وتؤطر تأثيرها في أربع مجموعات ومدارس فكرية، وتطرح مجموعة من الأفكار بشأن ضرورة فهم العملية التنموية كأداة للمقاومة والتحرر، وتعرض بعض المؤشرات الواجب توافرها لعملية تنموية بديلة. كما تحاجج، وبشكل مقتضب، … Continue reading نحو رؤية تنموية فلسطينية

Palestine‒Israel: Decolonization Now, Peace Later

This people-focused contribution questions fundamental assumptions about the persistence of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and discusses prerequisites for alternative strategies. It argues that without addressing people’s perceptions and beliefs, peace will remain elusive. It also argues that moving beyond the cycles … Continue reading Palestine‒Israel: Decolonization Now, Peace Later

Securitised development and Palestinian authoritarianism under Fayyadism

This article analyses perceptions of the Palestinian Authority’s post-2007 state-building project—popularly known as ‘Fayyadism’—by assessing academic and practitioner literatures on the topic, and by drawing on the findings of ethnographic fieldwork conducted at two sites in the West Bank: Balata … Continue reading Securitised development and Palestinian authoritarianism under Fayyadism

Unwilling to Change, Determined to Fail: Donor Aid in Occupied Palestine in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings

Since 1993 the international community has invested more than $24 billion in ‘peace and development’ in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). That aid was meant originally to support the Oslo Peace Process through economic development. However, neither peace nor development … Continue reading Unwilling to Change, Determined to Fail: Donor Aid in Occupied Palestine in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings

Criminalising Resistance, Entrenching Neoliberalism: The Fayyadist Paradigm in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank

This paper-based thesis consists of five interlinked chapters/articles that explore dimensions of both the style of governance and the state-building endeavour in the West Bank in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, primarily between 2007 and 2013. This governance and state-building project … Continue reading Criminalising Resistance, Entrenching Neoliberalism: The Fayyadist Paradigm in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank

Book Review – Arab Development Denied: Dynamics of Accumulation by Wars of Encroachment

The book’s informative and highly analytical nature provides the reader with in-depth knowledge of the root causes of de-development in the Arab World. Engaging with the book on multiple occasions rewards readers with additional insights, reflecting the book’s depth of … Continue reading Book Review – Arab Development Denied: Dynamics of Accumulation by Wars of Encroachment

Book Review – The Two-State Solution: The UN Partition Resolution of Mandatory Palestine- Analysis and Sources

Israel as an idea, as any other idea, can be marketed and commodified. This is what is happening through many of the Zionist academic establishments, because the idea must be packaged as a narrative, and it requires scholarly consolidation, to … Continue reading Book Review – The Two-State Solution: The UN Partition Resolution of Mandatory Palestine- Analysis and Sources

Unwilling to Change, Determined to Fail: Donor Aid in Occupied Palestine in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings

Since 1993 the international community has invested more than $24 billion in ‘peace and development’ in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). That aid was meant originally to support the Oslo Peace Process through economic development. However, neither peace nor development … Continue reading Unwilling to Change, Determined to Fail: Donor Aid in Occupied Palestine in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings

Book Review – The European Union and Occupied Palestinian Territories: State-Building without a State

Dimitris Bouris’ The European Union and Occupied Palestinian Territories: State-Building without a State aims to tackle one central question: How effective has the EU been in its state-building policies towards the oPt? The effectiveness of the EU as a state-builder … Continue reading Book Review – The European Union and Occupied Palestinian Territories: State-Building without a State

Book Review – Routledge Handbook on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The handbook is another scholarly production that attempts to understand, contextualize and theorize the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It aims to provide solutions and bridge the polarized discussion and the sort of dialogue of the deaf. While the handbook provides a certain … Continue reading Book Review – Routledge Handbook on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

التنمية كأداة للمقاومة والتحرر

هناك حاجة لحوار سياسي اقتصادي تنموي اجتماعي، يبدأ من الصفر السياسي؛ أي أنه يبحث في القضايا الأساسية كقضايا التمثيل، وحل الدولتين، والعلاقات السياسية مع إسرائيل. ومن ثم تبني قرارات اقتصادية شجاعة تتوافق مع فكر مقاوم غير مساوم أو مهادن. تحتاج … Continue reading التنمية كأداة للمقاومة والتحرر

Book Review – The Politics of the Palestinian Authority: From Oslo to Al-Aqsa

This book adds a significant and distinctive contribution to the scholarly work on Palestine and indeed it is a must-read not only for all of those interested in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but also for scholars researching conflict-affected areas, processes of … Continue reading Book Review – The Politics of the Palestinian Authority: From Oslo to Al-Aqsa

Book Review – Palestinian Politics and the Middle East Peace Process: Consensus and Competition in the Palestinian Negotiating Team

Ghassan Khatib was a part of the Palestinian leadership and was present during peace negotiations on the Israeli-Palestinian issue in Madrid and Washington DC. His book gives original insight and accounts from the 1990s peace process including those of the Washington … Continue reading Book Review – Palestinian Politics and the Middle East Peace Process: Consensus and Competition in the Palestinian Negotiating Team

Book review – Why Is Aid Not Effective in the Palestinian Case And How This Can be Changed?

Despite for many years receiving one of the highest per capita aid worldwide, the economies of the West Bank and Gaza Strip have failed to achieve any lasting developmental outcomes and suffer from major weaknesses which undermine their very survival. This book … Continue reading Book review – Why Is Aid Not Effective in the Palestinian Case And How This Can be Changed?