The more than 100 years since the Balfour Declaration and 70 years of continuous Nakba have been filled with suffering for Palestinians, but also resilience and resistance. In a new downloadable booklet, Marking the Nakba: From Betrayals and Warnings to Future Visions, Al-Shabaka has drawn together a selection of pieces from its archives that offer reflections on these experiences of the past and present, as well as suggestions for ways forward.
Palestinians have perhaps never been more in need of a forward-looking vision to shape their struggle. On the Nakba’s 70th anniversary, Al-Shabaka analysts propose visions they contend would resonate with the greatest number of Palestinians – whether one-staters or two, refugees, exiles, citizens of Israel, or those under occupation – and map ways to get from here to there.
On May 15th, Palestinians commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Nakba (Arabic for catastrophe) that led to the expulsions from their homes and decades of exile and dispossession. We hear their stories and hopes for a resolution to the conflict, including those of Al-Shabaka co-founder Osamah Khalil, Assistant Professor at Syracuse University.
Progressive political analysts often critique Arab states for abandoning the Palestinian struggle for liberation. This roundtable, facilitated by Al-Shabaka Policy Analyst Nadine Naber and with contributions from Al-Shabaka Policy Analysts Ibrahim Fraihat, Loubna Qutami, and Sherene Seikaly, interrogates this critique, offering nuanced perspectives on whether and to what extent Arab states have abandoned or compromised the Palestinian cause.
Palestinian citizens of Israel have organized a campaign to boycott the April 9 Knesset elections, calling on Palestinians to refuse participation so as not to recognize the Knesset as a legitimate entity. In this roundtable debate, Al-Shabaka Analyst Nijmeh Ali and Al-Shabaka Palestine Policy Fellow Yara Hawari argue against and for the boycott, respectively.
In this over-arching piece, Jamjoum reviews the importance and use of “narrative” by liberation movements, assesses the impact of Oslo on the Palestinian narrative, and takes a hard look at the pros and cons of civil society’s rights-based approaches with special attention to the depoliticization of the Palestinian narrative.