Al-Shabaka in the Media

Gaza plan 'relieves Israel of responsibility'

Gregg Carlstrom
Dalia Hatuqa
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"Complicated mechanisms are being created to maneuver around the problem, not address it," said Al-Shabaka Program Manager Alaa Tartir about the UN-PA partnership to reconstruct the Gaza Strip. "This means more money is wasted and Palestinians' dependency status is entrenched … They are trying to maneuver around Hamas, even though, like it or not, it's the governing body in Gaza."

Recognition’s Diplomatic Leverage Could Strengthen Palestinian Rights

Nadia Hijab
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"Britain’s House of Commons and the prime minister of Sweden recognized a Palestinian state in order to support Palestinian rights … European recognition of a Palestinian state could well pressure Israel to behave in accordance with international law. But whatever the ultimate outcome, one state or two, you can’t go wrong with rights."

EU aid to Palestinian territories: Waves of change?

Manola De Vos
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Fundamentally, only strong political will can lead to a change in aid impact. But the EU’s current aid approach is essentially flawed in that it has become a fig leaf for the absence of a viable political track. As pointed out by Alaa Tartir, Al-Shabaka Program Director, the EU — and the international donor community at large — must start realizing that “aid will never buy peace.” Al-Shabaka guest author also argues that “to restructure its aid dollars … the EU would have to act with unanimity that may be impossible given a [Conservative-led] U.K. government and Germany's past history.”

Cycle of Death, Destruction and Rebuilding Continues in Gaza

Thalif Deen
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Nadia Hijab told Inter Press Service that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is right that reconstruction followed by destruction is an exercise in futility, but he appears to feel no responsibility in making sure the destruction doesn’t happen.

“The United Nations was set up to avoid the gross violation of rights that Israel has repeatedly visited upon Gaza – and upon the Palestinian people over nearly seven decades,” Hijab said.

Ban, in particular, is well-placed to hold Israel accountable under many legal instruments, she pointed out.

Hijab also said the reconstruction conference in

Reconstructing Gaza Means Reinventing Aid

Alaa Tartir
Jeremy Wildeman
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"Had donors been serious about supporting a meaningful political process, they would not have excluded Hamas, the real political power in Gaza, from participation at the Cairo Conference … Donors' politicized "de-politicization" of the conflict by excluding major actors increases the potential for further factional fragmentation."

Authoritarianism in Palestine

Phil Leech
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Phil Leech reviews Al-Shabaka's policy brief on the PA security sector with some indicators of rising authoritarianism: "There is now one security person for every 52 Palestinian residents compared to one educator for every 75 residents... there are already 52 new prisons and eight new security compounds – as well as riot control gear."

Analysis: After Gaza, what price the Palestinian security sector?

Sabrien Amrov
Alaa Tartir
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Ma'an News republishes our policy brief by Sabrien Amrov and Alaa Tartir. The Palestinian Authority’s security sector has grown faster than any other part of the government, potentially putting Palestine on track to a police state.

Why must Gaza wait in the dark?

Sam Bahour
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"An entire generation of Palestinian children in Gaza who were born in the early 1990s … has never known a time that didn’t require candles to be able to study after dark."

After Gaza, What Price Palestine’s Security Sector?

Sabrien Amrov
Alaa Tartir
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Marsad, the Palestinian Security Sector Observatory, republishes our policy brief by Sabrien Amrov and Alaa Tartir. The Palestinian Authority’s security sector has grown faster than any other part of the government, potentially putting Palestine on track to a police state.

Palestinians between statehood and liberation

Tariq Dana
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Tariq Dana shows how strange is Palestine in contrast to other liberation movements, which typically first gain independence, and then begin building a state. In the case of Palestine, he says, "state-building began before decolonization, and some political factions identified as ‘liberation movements’ have virtually become state parties operating within a colonial reality." Dana looks for an end to the Oslo process, which "smoked-screened the very concept of liberation."