Al-Shabaka in the Media

Palestine and the International Criminal Court

Victor Kattan
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As Israel's war on Gaza reignites debates on the ICC's potential role, Al-Shabaka advisor Victor Kattan weighs all of Mahmoud Abbas's options for joining the ICC, noting what should be one of Abbas's top priorities: ensure that one permanent member of the UN Security Council would veto any resolution that defers ICC investigation and prosecution for war crimes...

"There are various options open to President Abbas with respect to joining the ICC.

Le mouvement islamique a fondamentalement changé

Alaa Tartir
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The English version of this article, "Time to 'Do Business' With Hamas," is available at The Huffington Post...

Who won the war on Gaza?

Samah Sabawi
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The Palestinian people, who have shown incredible patience, steadfastness and sacrifice in the pursuit of their freedom, won the war on Gaza.

Why are Palestinian voices excluded?

Samah Sabawi
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Palestinians may be encouraged to tell their 'human story' but they are seldom allowed to express their political views.

Palestinian unity is no substitute for a viable political system

Sam Bahour
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Palestinian “unity,” reconciling tensions between Hamas and Fatah, is being revered as the foundation that can extract Gaza from the misery wrought upon it by 

Palestinian farmers lose land for failed economic zones

Vivien Sansour
Alaa Tartir
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Al-Shabaka’s Program Director and a guest author show how industrial zones are stripping farmers of their food sovereignty and increasing Palestinian dependency on Israel.

Why Hamas will not accept demilitarization of Gaza

Nadia Hijab
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In over three weeks of asymmetrical warfare, Israeli aerial, land and sea bombardment has resulted in more than 1,400 Palestinians killed, 75 percent of them civilians, of whom at least 250 were children. Of the 64 dead in Israel by the end of July, 61 were soldiers, most killed in ground fighting; three civilians were killed by Hamas rocket and mortar fire.

FAQ: The Assault on Gaza: Israeli Aims & US Involvement

Diana Buttu
Osamah Khalil
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Two Al-Shabaka policy advisors, with Jerusalem Fund Director Yousef Munayyer, offer insights to the following questions in FAQ format:
  • What is the real aim of Israel's invasion of Gaza?
  • What is Netanyahu's endgame politically?
  • Is the Obama administration complicit in Israel's repeated assaults on Gaza, in which human rights organizations have documented evidence of serious war crimes and crimes against humanity?
  • How significant do you think the disputes are between Israel and the US, in terms of the long-term relationship bet

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."