John Kerry has called his plan ‘a new model for development’. Tony Blair has claimed it is unique in history. However, I am afraid that the plan (and the whole development industry in the occupied territories) will remain like teenage … Continue reading Kerry’s Billions: US Economic Plans for Palestine Place Investment Over Freedom
In the post-Arafat era, dramatic changes took place in the Palestinian polity and systems of governance, and in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict dynamics. Alternative routes were pursued as a result of various multilevel interactions between inward and outward international, regional and … Continue reading Understanding The Fayyadism Paradigm: The ‘New’ West Bank After 2006
The agro-industrial park in Jericho and all the problems that surround it provide another opportunity for the major actors in the development process in occupied Palestine, including the donor community, the PA, the private sector and civil society to rethink … Continue reading Jericho Agro-Industrial Park: A Corridor for Peace or Perpetuation of Occupation?
The recent World Bank growth report frankly concludes that the Palestinian economy is fragile and dependent on foreign aid: No surprises there. Far more surprising – not to say shocking – are the Bank’s irrelevant and sometimes harmful recommendations, as … Continue reading Persistent Failure: World Bank Policies for the Occupied Palestinian Territories
The workshop focused on the following subjects: Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Why is it prolonged?; Enforcing human rights: human security through international law and the ICC?; Could peacekeepers provide human security? Can they avoid the mistakes of the past?; Economic … Continue reading New Approaches to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict