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FAQ: Misperceptions about the Conflict in Gaza

Nadia Hijab
Diana Buttu
George Bisharat
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Two Al-Shabaka policy advisors and Professor George Bisharat offer insights to the following questions in FAQ format:
  • What caused this latest outburst of violence?
  • Is Israel acting in self-defense?
  • Is Israel attacking "Hamas targets"?
  • Why has Hamas declined to accept a ceasefire?
  • Does Hamas use Palestinians as human shields?
  • Does the Israeli military take all possible precautions to prevent civilian casualties?

Samah Sabawi on Israel's Gaza War 2014

ABC Radio Melbourne
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Debunking mainstream media assertions that smarter Palestinians could or should opt against Israeli bombardment in favor of continued seven-year blockade, Al-Shabaka advisor Samah Sabawi tells ABC interviewer: "You're saying let's stop killing them quickly, and continue with killing them slowly. These can't be the only two options that the Palestinians are given."

Israel's Gaza illusions

Osamah Khalil
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“Israel's attempts to undercut Palestinian unity and the peace process may work, but they will be self-defeating … Many Palestinians were already looking past [their] discredited organizations and leaders for a new movement to achieve their rights — that will only increase. And they will find greater support internationally.”

FAQ on Failed Effort to Arrange Ceasefire Between Israel and Hamas

Rashid Khalidi
Mouin Rabbani
Noura Erakat
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Three Al-Shabaka Policy Advisors offer insights to the following questions in FAQ format:
  • Why do you think Hamas didn't accept the terms of the ceasefire?
  • What will be required for a ceasefire to be accepted by both sides?
  • What do you think Israel's actual goals for bombing Gaza are?
  • How do you think the United States and international community should respond to the current situation?
  • How do you think Palestinian leaders should respond to the current situation?
 

Thoughts on the Third Intifada

Tariq Dana
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Tariq Dana outlines the conditions that are missing for a much-speculated Third Intifada. He also explains why a Third Intifada might possibly be hiding just around the corner.

Europeans warn Israel: How will Congress respond?

Nadia Hijab
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The U.S. Congress, known primarily in the Middle East for its knee-jerk support of Israel, seems unaware of the slow but steady moves by European countries to apply international law to the Israeli-occupied territories. The news from Europe is overshadowed by the escalating bloodshed in the West Bank and Gaza.

When will Palestine's leaders change their tactics?

Samah Sabawi
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Al-Shabaka advisor Samah Sabawi writes, "the chasm between the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people could not be wider … Palestinians are out in the streets calling for active resistance … They are rebelling against Israel’s 'economic peace' while demanding a peace that is based on freedom, justice and equality for all. They are calling for Boycotts Divestments and Sanctions. When will the Palestinian leadership change its dead end tactics and join them?"

PA-Israeli security coordination keeps Palestinian outrage in check

Tariq Dana
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On the problem of security collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian authorities, Al-Shabaka advisor Tariq Dana writes, "If there is to be an authentic national security sector, then its forces must be fully restructured in a manner that relates to the real needs and expectations of the people. Above all, the Dayton Doctrine must be completely replaced with values of dignity, self-determination and anti-colonial struggle.

Israeli-Palestinian security collaboration called into question

Tariq Dana
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The Palestinian security sector's "operations and flagrant coordination with the Israeli occupation run against Palestinian national interests," writes Al-Shabaka advisor Tariq Dana. "If there is to be a nationally authentic security sector, then these forces must be restructured in a manner that relates to the real needs and expectations of the population. Focus on internal policing known as the 'Dayton Doctrine' must end and a program that demands accountability and justice be put in place."

Campagne terroriste israélienne en Cisjordanie : causes et conséquences

Mouin Rabbani
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"Les défis sont énormes, mais pas insurmontables. Correctement mis en œuvre, une stratégie palestinienne dynamique peut transformer la poursuite des exactions d’Israël contre le peuple palestinien en une arme efficace contre ses dirigeants extrémistes, privant ces derniers des avantages structurels qu’ils cherchent à tirer de leur projet colonial et de leurs agressions dévastatrices comme celle à laquelle nous assistons depuis deux semaines."