The Gaza Genocide in Western Media: Culprits of Complicity

This commentary is based on a presentation delivered by Al-Shabaka Co-Director Yara Hawari at the 2024 Annual Palestine Forum, hosted by the Institute for Palestine Studies and the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, Qatar, in February, 2024.  Introduction Since the beginning of the genocide in Gaza, Israeli regime bombardments and forces […]

The Continuation of Zionist Settler Colonialism

مقال - استمرار الاستعمار الاستيطاني الصهيوني

The Israeli regime is currently committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, aiming to eliminate the Indigenous community through slaughter, starvation, and mass expulsion. While devastating, it is imperative to recognize that this practice is not new. Rather, it is part of Israel’s decades-long Zionist colonial project. In this commentary, guest author 24440 outlines three defining features of Zionist settler colonialism: its structural nature, strategy of elimination, and use of fragmentation. It is through these tactics, Nabulsi argues, that the Zionist project seeks to ultimately extinguish Palestinian Indigenous sovereignty.

An Inevitable Rupture: Al-Aqsa Flood and the End of Partition

مقال - قطيعة حتمية: طوفان الأقصى ونهاية التقسيم

Hamas’s surprise offensive on October 7th, 2023, dealt the most lethal blow to the Israeli military and public since Israel’s establishment in 1948. In retaliation, Israel launched the most extensive military assault on Gaza in its history. The speed with which Israel mobilized and the scale of its assault underscore the Palestinian conviction that the settler colonial regime is executing long-held plans for mass expulsion. Against this backdrop, Al-Shabaka Board President Tareq Baconi anchors Israel’s latest assault on Gaza in its wider context. He unpacks Israel’s ghettoization of Palestinian land and pinpoints Hamas’s Al-Aqsa Flood operation as a moment of rupture for the partition framework, bringing the question of what comes after partition to the forefront.

Consensus-Building for Liberation: Reflections from Lebanon

Consensus-building can be a long and challenging process. In the case of Palestine, achieving consensus among the forcibly fragmented Palestinian people is both particularly difficult and of critical importance in order to create a united national movement. In our latest commentary, Al-Shabaka Policy Analyst Jaber Suleiman weighs in on the role of consensus-building in the context of a liberation struggle and draws on lessons from Palestinian organizing in Lebanon.

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.

Social Media, Self-Expression, and Self-Determination in Gaza

مقال - وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي والتعبير عن الذات وتقرير المصير في غزة

Youth in Gaza have engaged in the digital revolution, especially through social media platforms, to express themselves and critique their corrupt leadership. What are the implications of this turn to technology for Palestinians in Gaza? Can this form of expression affect change in leadership and foster self-determination? Al-Shabaka policy analyst, Ali Abdel Wahab, explores these questions in our latest commentary.

Arab Normalization and the Palestinian Struggle for Liberation

مقال - التطبيع العربي والنضال الفلسطيني من أجل التحرير

While normalization deals between the Israeli and Arab regimes continue to spread and deepen, they have historical precedent across the region. In our latest commentary, Al-Shabaka’s senior analyst, 24588, situates contemporary normalization maneuvers in historical and geopolitical contexts, and describes the implications of these worrying policies on Palestinian liberation and the future of the region.

Reconstituting the PLO: Any Place for Hamas and Islamic Jihad?

In light of the evolving roles of Hamas and Islamic Jihad within Palestinian resistance, we revisit our August 2020 piece about incorporating them into a restructured PLO. Al-Shabaka policy analyst, Belal Shobaki, analyzes the movements’ doctrinal and political characteristics since their establishment, and identifies how they can be included in a rebuilt liberation movement.

A Palestinian Response to Global and Regional Trends

Article - A Palestinian Response to Global and Regional Trends

From popular uprisings and repressive security regimes, to normalization agreements between Israel and Arab states, global and regional developments over the past decade have dramatically impacted the Middle East and North Africa. What are the implications of these trends on the Palestinian struggle for liberation? In this commentary, Al-Shabaka’s board president, Tareq Baconi, investigates this question and more.