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Aimee Shalan

Al-Shabaka Policy Member Aimee Shalan is Director of Fobzu (Friends of Birzeit University), a UK-based charity supporting the right to education for Palestinians. She is also Co-founder and Director of Pressure Cooker Arts, a not-for-profit arts and advocacy organisation. She was formerly Director of Advocacy at Medical Aid for Palestinians and Head of Education at the Council for Arab British Understanding. She has been a regular contributor to the Guardian and has written for a variety of media outlets. She taught at City University and Queen Mary, University of London, and has a doctorate in the Politics of Palestinian Literature.


Commentary Civil Society

One Hundred Years and Counting: Britain, Balfour, and the Cultural Repression of Palestinians

The government and corporations of the United Kingdom have recently intensified efforts to censor Palestinian creative expression. Al-Shabaka Policy Member Aimee Shalan traces the roots of these attacks on Palestinian history and culture to the 1917 Balfour Declaration and offers recommendations for how civil society can bring the UK to change its approach.

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Commentary Politics

Another Casualty of Israel’s Wars: Palestinians’ Right to Education

Palestinian children atop destroyed Gaza building

Palestinian educational institutions, faculty, and students have not been spared the violence of Israel’s military crackdown across the Occupied Palestinian Territory this summer. Campus raids, the confiscation of student property, and airstrike damage to schools are just some examples of Israel’s recent acts of aggression against education.

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