international aid

Analysis: What future for the Oslo Model?

Jeremy Wildeman
Alaa Tartir
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The second installment of a two-part policy brief from Al-Shabaka. The first part can be found here. The Oslo Accords not only left the Palestinian people much worse off politically; they also devastated the economy of those living under Israeli occupation despite the $23 billion-plus that donors have poured into the territory.

Analysis: Can Oslo's failed aid model be laid to rest?

Jeremy Wildeman
Alaa Tartir
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The first installment of a two-part policy brief from Al-Shabaka, first published in September 2013. The Oslo Accords not only left the Palestinian people much worse off politically; they also devastated the economy of those living under Israeli occupation despite the $23 billion-plus that donors have poured into the territory. What’s worse, Al-Shabaka Guest Author Jeremy Wildeman and Program Director Alaa Tartir found no signs of a change in donor policies in their recent study. The Oslo aid model may be here to stay unless Palestinians forcefully demand change.

Can Oslo’s Failed Aid Model Be Laid to Rest?

Al-Shabaka Policy Brief
Jeremy Wildeman,
Alaa Tartir

The Oslo Accords not only left the Palestinian people much worse off politically; they also devastated the economy of those living under Israeli occupation despite the $23 billion-plus that donors have poured into the territory. What’s worse, Al-Shabaka Guest Author Jeremy Wildeman and Program Director Alaa Tartir found no signs of a change in donor policies in their recent study. The Oslo aid model may be here to stay unless Palestinians forcefully demand change.

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.

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 ...

Trashing Four Generations of Palestinian Inheritance

Al-Shabaka Commentary
Dina Omar

As Palestinians commemorate the 46th anniversary of Israel’s occupation on June 5th, the villagers of Rammun are particularly incensed – but their wrath is targeted primarily at the Palestinian Authority. They suspect it of complicity with the Israeli occupation in confiscating their ancestral lands for a trash landfill, just one outcome of the many decades of rights violations Palestinians everywhere experience. Al-Shabaka Policy Member Dina Omar tackles the issues.

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...

Too much of a good thing? Palestinians realize downsides of foreign aid boom

Shira Rubin
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Shira Rubin quotes Al-Shabaka Program Director Alaa Tartir, who said that the combination of Israeli restrictions and donor neglect have triggered a Palestinian “resistance economy," which skirts external restrictions. Learn more about the "resistance economy" from Al-Shabaka.

PA Industrial Zones: Cementing Statehood or Occupation?

Al-Shabaka Commentary
Alaa Tartir

Industrial zones are criticized in the Arab region and beyond. The problem is much worse in the occupied Palestinian territory because the zones help Israel “normalize” its occupation, as Al-Shabaka Programme Director Alaa Tartir sets out in this trenchant commentary. He calls on the Palestinian youth movement and civil society to use the issue in a call for a completely different approach to development under occupation.

What Palestinians Need

Nadia Hijab
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"Palestinians don’t need more aid. They need American political clout to end the occupation as the first step to a just and lasting peace."

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