Confronting Energy Poverty in Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza are suffering from a worsening energy crisis due to the Israeli regime’s ongoing siege. As a result, they have adopted different coping strategies, including solar energy technology to offset electricity shortages. Al-Shabaka policy analyst and 2022 Visiting Gaza Fellow 24379 examines this reality, and offers recommendations for Palestinian leadership and stakeholders to promote Palestinian economic self-determination in Gaza.

Shrinking the Conflict: Debunking Israel’s New Strategy

مقال - تقليص الصراع: فضح استراتيجية إسرائيل الجديدة

Since 2021, Israeli leaders have proposed a new series of economic policies under the approach of “shrinking the conflict.” This strategy aims to afford Palestinians more economic opportunities and so-called freedoms as a way to sustain the Israeli occupation. In this policy brief, Al-Shabaka policy analyst 24583 debunks the framework and explains why Palestinians will not be pacified with economic incentives.

The PA’s Revenue Structure and Israel’s Containment Strategy

Article - The PA's Revenue Structure and Israel’s Containment Strategy

The Palestinian Authority’s budget disproportionately relies on clearance revenues that the Israeli regime regularly withholds as political blackmail. Combined with a negligible domestic tax base and the absence of political sovereignty, it is therefore futile to speak of real fiscal reform within the PA. In this policy brief, Al-Shabaka policy analyst, Amal Ahmad, examines the foundational logic of this distorted arrangement.

Cryptocurrencies and Palestinian Resistance: An Al-Shabaka Debate

مقال - العملات المشفرة والمقاومة الفلسطينية: جدل الشبكة

The recent cryptocurrency crash raises doubts about its viability as an alternative to standard currencies. But are there aspects of the global phenomenon that are still useful for Palestinian economic and political resistance? Al-Shabaka policy analysts Tariq Dana and Ibrahim Shikaki debate the potential of digital and cryptocurrencies and outline technological opportunities for the Palestinian economy.

ICT in Palestine: Challenging Power Dynamics and Limitations

مقال - تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات في فلسطين: تحدي ديناميكيات القوة والقيود

For the past two decades, the Palestinian Authority has been collaborating with expatriate Palestinian capitalists, who operate in tandem with the Israeli state, to ramp up ICT development in Palestine. Yet the sector continues to suffer. Al-Shabaka’s guest contributor, 24399, examines these power dynamics and offers recommendations for what the PA should do to enhance Palestinians’ economic lives.

Palestinian State-Building through Privatized City Planning

المقال - بناء الدولة الفلسطينية من خلال خصخصة تخطيط المدن

Palestinian leadership in the West Bank has invested heavily in privatized city planning during the post-Fayyad years in order to promote economic growth and state-scale stability. How have private, neoliberal housing development projects entrenched the status quo of Palestine’s subordination to Israel? Al-Shabaka sat down with policy analyst, 24449, to investigate this question and more.

Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Workers’ Rights: COVID-19 and Systemic Abuse 

مقال - انتهاكات إسرائيل لحقوق العمال الفلسطينيين: كوفيد-19 والانتهاكات الممنهجة

The Israeli regime has been systematically violating the rights of Palestinian workers in Israel and its illegal settlements since 1967. How have these violations been exacerbated since the COVID-19 pandemic? Al-Shabaka’s guest contributor, 24430, examines Israel’s ongoing abuses of Palestinian workers’ labor and human rights. He offers recommendations for securing these rights and for holding Israel accountable.

The Politicization of Public Sector Employment and Salaries in the West Bank and Gaza

المقال - تسييس التوظيف والرواتب في القطاع العام في الضفة الغربية وقطاع غزة

The Palestinian Authority has withheld salary payments from thousands of Palestinian public sector employees. Al-Shabaka policy analyst, Tariq Dana, and 24456 examine the ways in which the PA has politicized and exploited public sector employment and salaries as a political tradeoff. They offer recommendations for how to remedy the situation, and bring about economic equality for Palestinians. 

The Demise of Palestinian Productive Sectors: Internal Trade as a Microcosm of the Impact of Occupation

Article - The Demise of Palestinian Productive Sectors: Internal Trade as a Microcosm of the Impact of Occupation

The Israeli occupation has crippled Palestinian productive sectors, leading to the dominance of internal trade in the Palestinian economy. Al-Shabaka policy analyst, Ibrahim Shikaki, examines how these structural distortions developed as a result of Israel’s oppressive economic policies since it occupied Palestine in 1967. He offers recommendations to the international community and aid agencies for how to support Palestinian economic self-determination.