Over the last four years, the Trump administration has pursued a relentlessly anti-Palestinian agenda in the Middle East. Indeed, while Trump’s impact on domestic US policy may turn out to be fleeting, the impact of his administration’s Middle East policies will be felt by the people of Israel/Palestine for many years to come. President-elect Joe Biden will likely not reverse the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem, US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Trump’s executive order designating anti-Zionism as antisemitism, or the normalization deals between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco. And in addition to enabling unfettered Israeli settlement construction, the Trump administration gave a greenlight to Israeli annexation of large parts of the occupied West Bank. As Trump prepares to leave office, the existence of a one-state reality in Israel/Palestine is undeniable. But what that means for the movement for Palestinian freedom is more unclear than ever before.
Jewish Currents reached out to a group of leading Palestinian intellectuals, analysts, and activists to discuss the future of the movement for Palestinian liberation during the current moment of political transition. All in their 30s, Dana El-Kurd, Inès Abdel Razek, Salem Barahmeh, and Fadi Quran represent a new generation of Palestinian thinkers. They are among the sharpest critics of the political impasse the Palestinian cause faces, both within historical Palestine and in the diaspora, and they are consistently unafraid to raise big, fundamental questions—for instance, about the limits of the nation-state. That boldness and incisiveness is on display in this roundtable discussion, conducted in early December.