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One year of failed unity in Palestine

Alaa Tartir

Alaa Tartir, program director at Al-Shabaka says "Western and Gulf aid helped in entrenching, sustaining and subsidising the divide between Hamas and Fatah, which is harmful for the Palestinian people and their struggle for self-determination. It also created a cheap Palestinian internal divide,

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Media Mention via Middle East Eye

UK student union pro-BDS vote causes major stir in Israel

Alaa Tartir

Alaa Tartir, programme director at Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, said what might appear to be a sudden Israeli push back is, in fact, a strategy that started with the first intifada when Palestinians called for Israeli boycotts. The country has dedicated budgets and teams to combatting BDS for years because officials believe it poses a serious threat, Tartir said.

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Media Mention via Aljazeera

Tensions soar in West Bank refugee camp

Alaa Tartir

The role of the Palestinian security forces is rooted in the Oslo Accords of 1993, and a strengthened security apparatus has continually emerged in peace negotiations as a key component for future Palestinian self-determination, Alaa Tartir, an analyst with al-Shabaka - The Palestinian Policy Network, told Al Jazeera.

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Media Mention via Middle East Eye

Wither the Palestinian Authority?

According to Alaa Tartir, program director for Palestinian policy network Al-Shabaka, the question of dissolving the PA is irrelevant. The focus should be more about reconstructing the framework and obligations of the authority to its constituents, a step beyond reformation.

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Media Mention via Vice

It’s Increasingly Unsafe to Farm or Fish in Gaza

Alaa Tartir

According to Alaa Tartir of Al-Shabaka, an independent Palestinian research group, Israel’s seizure of agricultural lands via the buffer zone as well as its armed forces’ attacks on farmers and fishermen are not simple matters of border-making or random acts of violence. Rather, he told The Electronic Intifada, such measures are part of a campaign of economic warfare.

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Media Mention via Electronic Intifada

Teachers forced to equip schools at own expense as austerity bites West Bank

Alaa Tartir

Alaa Tartir explains that the 1993 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization “created an inherently dependent and fragile Palestinian ‘authority.’” After years of building up its public sector, the PA today has around 150,000 public servants, Tartir told The Electronic Intifada. “When Israel decides to withhold Palestinian taxes or when the PA passes through a financial crisis — which is recurrent — those monthly salaries get majorly delayed or paid in installments over months,” he said. “When Israel withholds taxes it does indeed commit another form of ‘collective punishment’ because it does not only punish the civil servants but also their families [and] we are talking about hundreds of thousands of people that are affected,” Tartir continued. Yet, the PA’s neoliberal economic policies have only worsened the situation. A Western-backed agenda “entrenched the structural deficiencies in the Palestinian economy and created further distortion,” said Tartir. “It increased inequalities, poverty and unemployment. It created a status of individual wealth for some but national poverty for all.”

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Media Mention via New York Times

Palestinians Set to Seek Redress in a World Court

Nadia Hijab

Nadia Hijab on the PLO/Palestine joining the International Criminal Court: “They have to take some meaningful steps to recover anything of their really shredded credibility ... That fig leaf of action is growing steadily more tattered. They keep saying it’s a new paradigm and they want to use international tools, but now they have actually been put on the spot.”

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