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.
Many are debating whether the re-emergence of a united Joint Arab List will result in increased Palestinian voter turnout in this month’s Knesset elections, but for those who advocate for an election boycott, the status of the Joint List is moot. In this roundtable debate, Al-Shabaka’s Nijmeh Ali and Yara Hawari argue against and for boycotting Israeli elections, respectively.
Indigeneity has re-emerged within the discourse on Palestine and is becoming a facet of political mobilization.But what does this mean in practice and how can indigeneity be harnessed to further Palestinian rights? Al-Shabaka’s Ahmad Amara and Yara Hawari examine indigeneity in the context of international law and suggest ways to employ it in the Palestinian quest for liberation.
While Palestinian women have always faced political marginalization, developments since the Oslo Accords have caused them to endure perhaps even more formidable challenges when it comes to political participation. Al-Shabaka Palestine Policy Fellow Yara Hawari outlines these challenges and recommends ways for Palestinian women and society to disrupt this process and revitalize the Palestinian liberation struggle through feminism.