Al-Shabaka in the Media

Four Rules for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Alaa Tartir
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Alaa Tartir, Al-Shabaka Program Director, discusses four rules for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, arguing that “for peace talks to succeed, negotiators must have a popular mandate. It is essential to build up a legitimate national body that represents all Palestinians ... Otherwise, peace will be another form of colonialism wrapped up in modernity.”

Post Oslo Accords (Forbi Oslo-avtalen)

Dag Herbjørnsrud
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Ny Tid ("New Time") is Norway's first and only weekly news magazine:

Israel-Palestine: real estate factor

Yekaterina Kudashkina
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Program Director Alaa Tartir discusses the current round of peace talks with Gershon Baskin, founder of the Israeli Palestinian Center of Research and Information, and Dr. George Giacaman, Co-Founder and General Director of The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy in Ramallah. Tartir argues that "real estate projects" are a product of the economic peace paradigm and an excellent example for the corrupted marriage between economy and politics.

Peace talks: The missing Palestinians

Samer Abedlnour
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There are many advocates of the renewed US-sponsored peace talks between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, despite widespread scepticism. One particularly active set of advocates is the group known as The Elders. Three of the Elders - former US President Jimmy Carter, former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari, and former Algerian Foreign Minister and freedom fighter Lakhdar Brahimi - recently spent time in Washington and London making the case for the peace talks.

The peace talks and Palestinian representation: in conversation with Osamah Khalil

Sarah Marusek
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After much political drama and media fanfare, US Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to rekindle "peace talks" between Israel and Palestine finally commenced this week with a meeting in Washington D.C. between the Israeli justice minister, Tzipi Livni, and Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat.

To find peace, Kerry must look under the rubble

Saleh Hijazi
Munir Nuseibah
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The U.S effort, led by Secretary of State John Kerry, to revive negotiations between the P.L.O. and Israel recently brought negotiators to Washington D.C. to revive the peace process and settle the 65-year-old conflict. Yet, at the same time that peace is being promoted, the Israeli government has crafted a plan to forcibly displace some 40,000 Palestinian Bedouins living in the Negev desert. The plan was approved by the Israeli parliament (the Knesset) in a first reading on June 24 2013.

Are Palestinian Industrial Parks Illusion or Real Development?

Jillian Kestler-D'Amours
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"'The whole economic peace idea … is to provide economic solutions to political problems,' said Alaa Tartir ...

The wandering Europeans

Sam Bahour
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Next to U.S. support for Israel, the main reason why the military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip continues is that the Europeans have reduced themselves to a subservient role in the Middle East Peace Process: one in which they underwrite the cost of Israel’s occupation by artificially propping up the Palestinian Authority, which created from the Oslo Peace Accords but has no sovereign authority whatever...

Searching for new Palestinian vision (Ψάχνοντας για νέο Παλαιστινιακό όραμα)

Hugh Lovatt
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Translated from Greek: "At a time when … negotiations can not seem to accomplish anything more than to perpetuate the status quo, Palestinians need to change the paradigm that has defined their conflict with Israel over the last two decades. This emerged recently during a roundtable at ECFR by Nadia Hijab, co-founder and director of Al-Shabaka."

What future for the Palestinian National Movement? (Audio)

European Council on Foreign Relations
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At a time when the two-state solution is experiencing what could be its last agonising convulsions and with negotiations seemingly unable to achieve anything other than perpetuating the status quo, Palestinians need to shift the current paradigm that has framed the conflict with Israel over the last two decades. This was recently highlighted during an ECFR roundtable with Nadia Hijab.