Samar Batrawi

Al-Shabaka Policy Member Samar Batrawi is a Dutch-Palestinian PhD candidate and teaching assistant in international relations theory at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She is interested in identity politics and social movements in the Middle East, specifically those that interact with the question of Palestine. Her doctoral research explores how the Salafi-jihadi movement has framed Palestinian grievances and the question of Palestine more generally. She has previously worked for the Clingendael Institute for International Relations in The Hague and the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling in Ramallah. Her work has appeared in Foreign Affairs and Strife Journal.

Policy Brief Refugees

Palestinians and the Syrian War: Between Neutrality and Dissent

The Palestinians of Syria are forced to maintain political neutrality or support the regime, given their vulnerable position. Al-Shabaka Policy Analyst Samar Batrawi unpacks the roots of this predicament, identifies avenues that suggest how to move beyond it, and recommends tactics for Palestinians in Syria and elsewhere to better advocate for human rights and self-determination.

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Commentary Politics

Understanding ISIS’s Palestine Propaganda

How do Salafi-jihadi groups like ISIS exploit the question of Palestine in their rhetoric? Al- Shabaka Policy Member Samar Batrawi addresses this issue based on an analysis of ISIS statements on Gaza, Jerusalem, and other recurring themes in 2015 and calls on Palestinians to act so as to prevent the appropriation of their narrative.

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