“You have something in this world, so stand for it,” the Palestinian writer and political activist Ghassan Kanafani, who was assassinated by Israel’s Mossad intelligence service, once said. The Palestinians in Gaza, Haifa, Jerusalem, and elsewhere are doing precisely this: standing … Continue reading Palestinians Have Been Abandoned by Their Leaders
This report consists of a mapping of donor aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) from 2012-14, and where possible, 2015. The information was compiled making use of multiple databases, reports and published studies, as well as direct letters of … Continue reading Mapping of Donor Funding to The Occupied Palestinian Territories 2012 – 2014/15
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 Prerequisites for Peace in Palestine/Israel
The panacea for a real change arises through engaging in contentious collective actions that aim to challenge the existing actors and institutions and their claims of political representation. Fundamentally, this necessitates creating new effective, legitimate and representative institutional bodies that … Continue reading What comes after Abbas and Netanyahu?
The EU and its mission are increasingly becoming complicit in the maintenance of the status quo. If the current authoritarian backslide of the PA continues, the EU and its mission will be increasingly criticized for financing, professionalizing, and legitimizing a highly politicized and democratically … Continue reading Policing Palestine
This brief on Palestine is part of a report series from the Evaluation Department – “Country Evaluation Briefs” (CEB) – collecting and summarising existing evaluation findings from selected Norwegian focus countries. The purpose is to make relevant, systematically collected and … Continue reading Country Evaluation Brief: Palestine
Empowering Palestinians means equipping them with the tools to resist Israeli settler colonial rule and enhancing their capacities for solidarity, resilience and steadfastness. International aid actors must recognize and accept that development under military occupation and colonization means first and … Continue reading Militarization of Palestinian Aid
As Israel’s military occupation reaches its 50th year, Al-Shabaka Program Director Alaa Tartir argues that the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces have not protected Palestinians, but have instead contributed to the criminalization of the Palestinian struggle for freedom. Tartir analyzes … Continue reading The Palestinian Authority Security Forces: Whose Security?
Alaa Tartir of the Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network explains that the Palestinian Economy is unable to grow or develop because the Israeli occupation controls all aspects of the economy. Continue reading Economic Dimensions Militarized Palestine
To really bring about peace would involve de-colonizsing and dismantling the Israeli apartheid regime and ending the illegal Israeli military occupation: That is the first step. But neither the US administration, nor Abbas or Netanyahu, are willing to travel this … Continue reading Trump-Abbas Meeting: A Celebration of Egos
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
The Palestinian Authority is paying more than $40m each month to keep its 33,550 security employees in Gaza on a leave of absence. Absentees in the security sector have added some $4.8bn to the PA’s wage bill over the past … Continue reading Infographic: The Palestinian Security Sector in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
وإذا ما استمرت حالة التغييب للشعب الفلسطيني في نظامه السياسي، وفي حال استمر قمع أدوات المحاسبة والمساءلة الشعبية، سيبقى الفلسطينيون يواجهون كابوس الانقسام. الطريق إلى الوحدة الفلسطينية واضحة المعالم، لكنها تتطلب إرادة سياسية وتضحيات، والسؤال الذي يبقى برسم الإجابة: متى … Continue reading مصالحة موسكو والتشرذم الفلسطيني
Ensuring a meaningful unity requires a serious engagement in restructuring and reinventing the Palestinian political system, structures, and institutions. It also means an agreement on the political programme, tools and objectives that are inclusive and participatory in nature. Unless there … Continue reading Palestinians Sceptical About Moscow Reconciliation Deal
La simple vérité est que l’occupation militaire et le pouvoir autoritaire ne pourront jamais amener de sécurité. De meilleures règles d’attribution de l’aide, parallèlement à un investissement dans une paix juste, sont le chemin vers une sécurité réelle et durable. … Continue reading L’aide américaine à l’Autorité palestinienne a pour but de renforcer l’occupation
US military aid to Israel is not the only way in which the US subsidises the Israeli occupation of Palestine. US aid to Palestinians, averaging $400m a year since 2008, split between budget support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and civilian project-based assistance, … Continue reading How US Security Aid to PA Sustains Israel’s Occupation
With the election of Donald Trump, Israel believes it is free to do what it likes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, making a difficult Palestinian leadership transition much harder. Al-Shabaka policy analysts examine different scenarios and propose alternatives ranging from … Continue reading Palestine After Abbas: Potential Scenarios and Coping Strategies
After a discussion of the historical background that led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority, this chapter describes the broader social and political transformations that took place in the oPt. The question of political economy is also very important … Continue reading Palestine
This talk tackles the consequences of the PA’s security campaigns in both camps from the people’s perspective through a bottom-up ethnographic methodological approach based on sixty in-depth interviews. This talk will conclude by arguing that conducting security reform within a context … Continue reading Securitised Peace: Criminalising Resistance and Entrenching Authoritarianism in Palestine
Médecins Sans Frontières est arrivée dans les territoires occupés à la fin des années 80. les équipes de font face à une série de dilemmes : comment atténuer les conséquences de l’occupation sur les Palestiniens sans avoir le sentiment de … Continue reading Débat Avec Médecins Sans Frontières – Les Humanitaires, Complices De L’occupation ?
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