Oslo: Replacing Liberation with Economic Neo-Colonialism

Al-Shabaka Commentary
Khalil Nakhleh

An Illegitimate Leadership Can Sign Away Rights

Al-Shabaka Commentary
Zachariah Sammour

What Role for Law in the Palestinian Struggle for Liberation?

Al-Shabaka Policy Brief
Noura Erakat

NGOs vs. Grassroots Movements: A False Dichotomy

Al-Shabaka Commentary
Fateh Azzam

Activating Palestine’s UNESCO Membership

Al-Shabaka Policy Brief
Valentina Azarov,
Nidal Sliman

Palestinian leaders have not activated Palestine’s UNESCO membership despite the costly battle to join and even though it could help rebalance the skewed Israeli-Palestinian power dynamic. Al-Shabaka Guest Author Valentina Azarov and Policy Member Nidal Sliman review the assaults on Palestinian cultural heritage and set out the significant practical advantages of UNESCO membership, including reasserting sovereignty over Palestinian land and sea and obliging third states to hold Israel accountable.

Can Oslo’s Failed Aid Model Be Laid to Rest?

Al-Shabaka Policy Brief
Jeremy Wildeman,
Alaa Tartir

The Oslo Accords not only left the Palestinian people much worse off politically; they also devastated the economy of those living under Israeli occupation despite the $23 billion-plus that donors have poured into the territory. What’s worse, Al-Shabaka Guest Author Jeremy Wildeman and Program Director Alaa Tartir found no signs of a change in donor policies in their recent study. The Oslo aid model may be here to stay unless Palestinians forcefully demand change.

Oslo's Roots: Kissinger, the PLO, and the Peace Process

Al-Shabaka Policy Brief
Osamah Khalil

According to conventional wisdom, the PLO signed the Oslo Accords twenty years ago because it was almost bankrupt and feared an alternate leadership would emerge. Drawing on declassified U.S. documents, Al-Shabaka policy advisor Osamah Khalil debunks this view. He demonstrates that PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat sought to establish relations with the U.S. after the October 1973 War and offered significant concessions before ever reaching the negotiating table or obtaining recognition by Washington. These concessions occurred when the PLO’s international stature was growing and were in sharp contrast to its revolutionary rhetoric.

Why is the Egyptian Regime Demonizing Palestinians?

Al-Shabaka Commentary
Haidar Eid

As millions celebrated the end of the month of fasting, the Palestinians of Gaza remained under lockdown, the borders almost completely sealed and the tunnel economy destroyed. Al-Shabaka’s Gaza-based Policy Advisor Haidar Eid examines the way in which successive Egyptian regimes, including the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Morsi government, have used Gaza as a tool to achieve their ends and contributed to its plight.

How Sovereign a State?

Al-Shabaka Policy Brief
Camille Mansour

Will re-launched Israeli-Palestinian negotiations lead to a sovereign Palestinian state? In this brief, Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Camille Mansour analyzes Israeli and Palestinian positions relating to key issues of sovereignty (i.e. armaments, alliances, crossings, borders, Israeli military posts). His conclusions – and warnings – are essential reading.

How to Make International Law Work for Palestinians

Al-Shabaka Commentary
Ingrid Jaradat Gassner

For many Palestinians, international law has a bad name. It has been ignored or subverted to prolong Palestinian oppression and fragmentation since 1948. But, as Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Ingrid Jaradat argues, drawing on the findings of a major international conference at Birzeit University, the Palestinian people should not turn their back on international law: If used appropriately it is an effective tool for the oppressed.

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