While all eyes are on Gaza, Israel is escalating its oppressive measures against Palestinians in the West Bank at unprecedented levels. The Israeli army has launched large-scale military operations, leading to the deaths of dozens of Palestinians, and given free rein to violent settlers communities, who have displaced an estimated 1,000 people in the past six months.
The accelerating adoption of academic boycotts of Israel is just one manifestation of growing support for Palestinians and intensifying efforts to hold Israel accountable for colonization, occupation, and apartheid. However, academic boycotts remain one of the most controversial pillars of the wider boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement. According to a recent study, while 91% of Middle East scholars support at least some boycott of Israel, more than a third are hesitant to get behind a boycott of Israel’s academic institutions.
Throughout history, labor strikes have been used as a potent tool in expressing dissent, voicing grievances, and demanding change. In Palestine, they have emerged as a powerful mode of resistance and a critical source of leverage for workers. These strikes have encompassed diverse sectors, including labor, education, healthcare, and more, showcasing the unity and determination of the Palestinian people in their struggle for liberation.
As the Israeli regime escalates its apartheid and settler colonial practices in Palestine, calls for sanctions against it have likewise increased. Still, sanctions remain controversial - both in terms of their ethics and efficacy. Indeed, many have argued that sanctions have rarely achieved their intended goals.
The Israeli regime subjects Palestinians across colonized Palestine to an intricate system of demographic control.
In recent years, Palestine solidarity activists have pressured corporations to end their complicity in the Israeli regime’s violations of Palestinians’ rights.
The governments of France, Spain, and Germany have ramped up efforts to repress Palestine solidarity activism.
Al-Shabaka Nadim Bawalsa
Al-Shabaka Abir Kopty
Nadim Bawalsa,Abir Kopty· Dec 12, 2022
What does the future of Palestine look like and how will some political scenarios affect different sectors of Palestinian society? If the status quo continues or if the Palestinian Authority collapses, and even if the Palestine Liberation Organization is revived, there are countless possible repercussions and consequences on the general Palestinian political situation, and on security, governance, the education sector, and other important sectors.
· Nov 23, 2022
Palestinian leadership is in crisis. As speculation mounts about Mahmoud Abbas’s rule coming to an end, Hussein al-Sheikh continues to assume many of his responsibilities.
Since the 2021 Unity Intifada, Palestinians have garnered increasing support across the US. As a result, pro-Israel lobbies have ramped up their efforts to criminalize Palestine advocacy and quash Palestine solidarity on Capitol Hill.

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Tariq Kenney-Shawa speaks to AJE on the Columbia University sit-in, where students are protesting in support of Palestine.
Al-Shabaka Tariq Kenney-Shawa
Tariq Kenney-Shawa· Apr 19, 2024
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