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.
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.
By defunding UNRWA and attempting to define Palestinian refugees out of existence, the Trump administration is only shooting the messenger. UNRWA is a product, not the source, of the Palestinian refugee problem.
The US administration is waging an assault against Palestinian refugees. Al-Shabaka US Policy Fellow Zena Agha analyzes US cuts to UNRWA and Congressional bills that aim to reconstitute the state of Palestinian refugees to squelch Palestinian claims to sovereignty and repatriation, and suggests strategies that pro-Palestinian constituents and civil society can use to counter these acts.
The rules that apply to the rest of the world have long applied differently to Palestine-Israel, and this even extends to satellite imagery. Al-Shabaka US Policy Fellow Zena Agha examines how a US law limits such imagery’s quality, circumscribing research as well as the documentation of Israeli human rights violations, and recommends ways to correct this wrong.