United Nations

Activating Palestine’s UNESCO Membership

Al-Shabaka Policy Brief
Valentina Azarov,
Nidal Sliman

Palestinian leaders have not activated Palestine’s UNESCO membership despite the costly battle to join and even though it could help rebalance the skewed Israeli-Palestinian power dynamic. Al-Shabaka Guest Author Valentina Azarov and Policy Member Nidal Sliman review the assaults on Palestinian cultural heritage and set out the significant practical advantages of UNESCO membership, including reasserting sovereignty over Palestinian land and sea and obliging third states to hold Israel accountable.

Will the New Palestinians End Security Coordination?

Most Palestinians saw Hamas’ steadfastness and ability to hit back during Israel’s November attack as a victory. But will they put it to good use, asks Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Haidar Eid, by ending Palestinian security cooperation with Israel – an opportunity missed after Israel’s 2008-09 operation? He argues that no real reconciliation amongst Palestinian factions is possible in the shadow of such collaboration.

La ONU vota, Israel bombardea

Thalif Deen
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Las potencias occidentales no han tenido problemas con la CPI porque la hasta el momento solo busca a criminales de guerra africanos, dijo Rabbani, también asesor político de la Red Política Palestina (Al- Shabaka). "Están mortificados por la posibilidad de que esto cambie. No solo deben afrontar esa disyuntiva, sino que además se ven forzados a hacerlo públicamente. Necesitamos un tribunal real, y la prueba decisiva es que tenga voluntad para juzgar a criminales de guerra israelíes", afirmó.

The fine print of Palestinian statehood

Nadia Hijab
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Congratulations are raining as friends of the Palestinians respond with delight to the United Nations' resounding "Yes!" to Palestine's non-member observer state status as of November 29, 2012. But before giving free rein to their excitement, the Palestinian people - and their allies - should read the actual text of the resolution.

Palestinians Imposing Agenda on Abbas

Al-Shabaka Policy Brief
Leila Farsakh

As Mahmoud Abbas heads to the United Nations to secure non-member state status for Palestine, he faces a strong and growing movement among Palestinian civil society activists within and outside the occupied Palestinian territory to reframe the Palestinian struggle as fighting against an apartheid Israeli regime and for inalienable Palestinian rights – and not for a state per se. Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Leila Farsakh discusses Abbas’ attempts to placate this movement while retaining control of his political program.

Uneasy but Necessary: The UNRWA-Palestinian Relationship

Al-Shabaka Policy Brief
Randa Farah

In this policy brief, Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Randa Farah examines the relationship between UNRWA and Palestinian refugees in Jordan and compares it to the situation of Sahrawi refugees in Algeria.

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