Op-Eds & Articles

President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel and occupied Palestinian territory went as poorly as most people here in Gaza anticipated. As far as we can tell, he ignored us. I suppose we should be grateful for small mercies, but at some point the US and Israel would be well advised to devise a better policy than to squeeze the life out of us.

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Empowering Palestinians means equipping them with the tools to resist Israeli settler colonial rule and enhancing their capacities for solidarity, resilience and steadfastness. International aid actors must recognize and accept that development under military occupation and colonization means first and foremost a process of confrontation to realize rights, including the right to self-determination.

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As we mark the anniversaries of the Balfour Declaration, the Palestinian nakba, the Israeli occupation, the Oslo accords and the intra-Palestinian divide, the realities on the ground get worse, the ramifications of these tragic events become more entrenched, and justice and peace recede further and further into the distance. Given these political trajectories, and the new global, regional and local orders, a discussion of how to end the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 might appear odd to some.

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