Al-Shabaka in the Media

Palestinian dead end highlights the right of return

Randa Farah
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Ma'an News Agency republishes Al-Shabaka member Randa Farah's commentary on persistent failure of negotiations, for which the Palestinian people must hold the Palestinian leadership accountable. As she argues, the PLO/PA should not replace different forms of resistance to the occupation with unlimited negotiations while finding itself under pressure to actively work to halt other acts of resistance simply for these negotiations to continue – and should remember the centrality of the right of return.

Intra-Palestinian Reconciliation: Time for accountability

Alaa Tartir
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Al-Shabaka Program Director Alaa Tartir brings to light the authoritarian transformation of the Palestinian security forces, both in the West Bank and Gaza, and their cooperation agreements with Israel, which have dogged all previous Fatah-Hamas unity efforts.

The Bottom Line for Palestinians

Sam Bahour
Tony Klug
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"We need to break free of the divisive and increasingly stifling one-state-versus-two-states straightjacket that tends to polarize debate and in practice ends up perpetuating the status quo."

If Kerry fails, what then?

Sam Bahour
Tony Klug
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"We need to break free of the divisive and increasingly stifling one-state-versus-two-states straightjacket that tends to polarize debate and in practice ends up perpetuating the status quo."

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."