Al-Shabaka in the Media

US Taxpayers and Palestine's Forced Dependency on Israel

Jacqueline Sansour
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Energy production and distribution are a case-in-point of "increasing forced Palestinian dependence on Israel," explains Al-Shabaka's Commissioning Editor Jacqueline Sansour. "As a [U.S.] taxpayer, I want Americans' $600 million-a-year contribution to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to help end this occupation, not make it easier for Palestinians to endure it." Sansour's study is also a guide to several other Al-Shabaka-exclusive critiques on the Palestinians and their embargoed energy resources.

Analysis: An illegitimate leadership can sign away rights

Zachariah Sammour
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Ma'an News Agency republishes Al-Shabaka member Zachariah Sammour's commentary on the latest round of US-driven negotiations. As Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Mahmoud Abbas went to Washington in March to meet U.S. President Barack Obama, Palestinians have been fast approaching a critical juncture in the U.S.-driven negotiations with Israel.

As Abbas returns from US, critics say talks doomed to fail

Ma'an News Agency
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Ma'an report quotes Al-Shabaka Director Nadia Hijab: "As Mahmoud Abbas left his meeting with US president Barack Obama today, did he reflect on the lessons of seeking peace without power?" -- as well as Policy Advisor Sam Bahour: "There is not an iota of symmetry between a military

Obama, Abbas note challenges to 'elusive goal' of Mideast peace

Al Jazeera
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Al-Shabaka Director Nadia Hijab is quoted: "As Mahmoud Abbas left his meeting with U.S. president Barack Obama today, did he reflect on the lessons of seeking peace without power?"

What Role for Law in the Palestinian Struggle for Liberation?

Noura Erakat
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Palestinians are divided over whether law can serve a positive function in their quest for self-determination. Jadaliyya republished this Al-Shabaka policy brief by Policy Advisor Noura Erakat, who argues that law’s value is wholly contingent on the broader political framework that gives it meaning. She proposes that Palestinians adopt a complementary approach that includes using the law when justice can be served and political avenues when the law itself entrenches unjust outcomes.

Activating Palestine's UNESCO Membership

Nidal Sliman
Valentina Azarov
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Al-Shabaka Policy Member Nidal Sliman and Guest Author Valentina Azarov talk about the analysis behind their policy brief, "Activating Palestine's UNESCO Membership."

In ‘Goliath,’ the Past Is Always Present for Palestinians

Nadia Hijab
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Al-Shabaka Director Nadia Hijab reviews Max Blumenthal's new book, "Goliath," "an important touchstone," with its "fast-paced journalistic style," its "constantly juxtaposing past and present," its "moments of hope," its "keen sense of absurdity," and its twin threads: Israeli "extreme right-wing nationalists’ consolidation of power since the collapse of the peace process," and the "direct line between the Zionist ideology of the late 1800s and the racist state of today."

EU Aid to Palestinians: Help or Hindrance?

Andreas Hackl
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“Aid has not helped to fulfil Palestinians dreams, nor did it lead to sustainable development. Independence is today further away than 20 years ago,” Alaa Tartir, Al-Shabaka Program Director, told IRIN.

Aid will never buy peace

Andreas Hackl
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"…As someone who spent the last few years of his life in Europe pursuing postgraduate studies, I must say … the EU, its countries and institutions, deny their very own democratic principles and normative values … where they are not applied to Israel-Palestine.

Kerry, Quartet $4B Plan Will Fail Palestinians, Economists Warn

Lia Tarachansky
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