"One high-ranking official from the Palestinian Authority’s Preventive Security Force told us: 'We get lists with names' from the Israelis. They 'need someone, and we are tasked to get that person for them.' These policies backfire. Palestinian forces lose the trust of local communities when they are seen as enforcing the illegal occupation and the losses of land and rights that go along with it."Read More
Ma'an News republishes our recent commentary by Executive Director Nadia Hijab and Policy Advisor Diana Buttu. The Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestine are constantly seeking new approaches to stop Israeli violations and secure Palestinian rights. But the tools already exist: They just aren’t being used to best effect, as Al-Shabaka Executive Director Nadia Hijab and Policy Advisor Diana Buttu point out. With Jerusalem burning, Gaza assaulted and under siege, and the West Bank remorselessly colonized, there is no more time to waste.Read More
A fascinating look at the aid industry in the occupied Palestinian territories that Al-Shabaka Program Director Alaa Adel Tartir and guest author Jeremy Wildeman published in the Journal of Mediterranean Politics. Tartir and Wildeman cite and draw upon their Al-Shabaka policy brief “Can Oslo’s Failed Aid Model Be Laid to Rest?”Read More
The first of two Ma'an installments of a policy brief from Al-Shabaka. The original can be found here. Palestinian leaders have not activated Palestine’s UNESCO membership despite the costly battle to join and even though it could help rebalance the skewed Israeli-Palestinian power dynamic.Read More
"Rather than continue security cooperation (a euphemism for being Israel’s security subcontractor), the current Palestinian leadership should turn its focus … away from closed-door negotiations to popular, nonviolent resistance that empowers Palestinians to achieve independence rather than perpetuating and deepening dependence on the goodwill of an ethnic cleanser," writes Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Diana Buttu, whose latest for Al-Shabaka, with Nadia Hijab, is "PLO/Palestine: Time to Stop Buying Time."Read More
What are the choices facing Palestinians regarding their state sovereignty, and how best should they be pursued? The International Court of Justice (ICJ) or the International Criminal Court (ICC)? Read this debate by Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Victor Kattan and University of Sussex lecturer Michael Kearney.Read More
In Victor Kattan's analysis, it's premature for Palestinians to approach the International Criminal Court (ICC), in order to end Israel's occupation. Instead, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) should be asked by the UN General Assembly for an advisory opinion on the legal responsibilities of states to do it. This would circumvent a United States veto as well as the U.S. Congress's retaliation.Read More
"Britain’s House of Commons and the prime minister of Sweden recognized a Palestinian state in order to support Palestinian rights … European recognition of a Palestinian state could well pressure Israel to behave in accordance with international law. But whatever the ultimate outcome, one state or two, you can’t go wrong with rights."Read More
Evidence of water warfare, and deliberate efforts to use water as a weapon against Palestinian civilian populations, is being documented at all levels.Read More
Al-Shabaka advisor Sam Bahour discusses excerpts from Al-Shabaka's policy brief, "Drying Palestine: Israel’s Systemic Water War," by Muna Dajani.
"Consecutive Israeli military assaults have caused huge damage to Gaza's water and sewage systems … One result is that almost all Gaza's water is unfit for human consumption. Another is the tide of raw Palestinian sewage lapping on the beaches of Tel Aviv. So who should we feel most sorry for?"