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.

How Sovereign a State?

Al-Shabaka Policy Brief
Camille Mansour

Will re-launched Israeli-Palestinian negotiations lead to a sovereign Palestinian state? In this brief, Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Camille Mansour analyzes Israeli and Palestinian positions relating to key issues of sovereignty (i.e. armaments, alliances, crossings, borders, Israeli military posts). His conclusions – and warnings – are essential reading.

Can the PA govern occupied Palestine?

Jillian Kestler-D'Amours
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"The Palestinian Authority has been undermined; it has [become] a nuisance… The only just solution that some Palestinian activists have started discussing is a secular, democratic state on the historic lands of the state of Palestine, which means the end of the Palestinian Authority and the end of the façade of the peace process doctrine."

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.

Mahmoud Abbas' real "accomplishment" was not the UN vote on Palestine

Ali Abunimah
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A day after the UN voted to admit "Palestine" as a non-member state, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly praised the Palestinian Authority (PA) led by Mahmoud Abbas for its collaboration with the Israeli occupation army.

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.

The Future of Jerusalem: Sacred Space or Open City?

Al-Shabaka Policy Brief
Salim Tamari

In this policy brief, Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Salim Tamari examines the different proposals for the future of Jerusalem. Rooted in the sacrilization of the city, Tamari argues that the proposals ignore the colonial subjugation of Jerusalem. He contends that this fact must be addressed in order to achieve an equitable resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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