Pitfalls of the Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation

By Khalil Shaheen on October 18, 2017  The Fatah-Hamas reconciliation announced on October 12 may sound like a breakthrough, but many questions remain. Of course any progress bridging the two sides is a welcome development for people in Gaza, who have suffered since 2007 from Israel’s cruel blockade and, more recently, from the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) draconian cuts to their electricity and salaries. However, the longer-term effects of a Hamas-Fatah rapprochement – if done in an incomplete way – may be more devastating than what Palestinians experience today. For instance, the establishment of a dual political system in the Gaza Strip, meaning partisan … Continue reading Pitfalls of the Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation

Hamas’ weapons risk could kill Palestinian reconciliation

Hamas militants hold weapons as they celebrate the release of Palestinian prisoner Mohammed al-Bashiti, Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, July 25, 2016. RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah took the first step toward assuming control of Gaza’s administration when he and all the ministers of the national consensus government arrived there from Ramallah on Oct. 2. The success of the government’s visit to the Gaza Strip “will pave the way for other steps toward reconciliation,” Azzam al-Ahmad, a Fatah official and member of Fatah’s Central Committee, said that day during a press conference that Al-Monitor attended. “Next week will be crucial for the effective … Continue reading Hamas’ weapons risk could kill Palestinian reconciliation

Was Abbas’ endorsement of one-state solution plea or ploy?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, Sept. 20, 2017. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ concluding sentence in his Sept. 20 UN speech has validated the desire of many young Palestinians to seek equal rights in a single binational state. The 82-year-old Palestinian leader, making what was perhaps his last speech to the UN General Assembly, surprised many by saying that if Israelis continue to put obstacles in the way of a two-state solution, other options do exist. “Freedom is coming and is inevitable, and that occupation shall come to an … Continue reading Was Abbas’ endorsement of one-state solution plea or ploy?

Gaza: Children Suffer From War Trauma Three Years On

Three years after the 2014 Israeli war on Gaza, children in the Strip continue to suffer psychologically By Gada al-Haddad As Gaza marks three years since the Israeli assault that devastated the Strip and left more than 2,200 Palestinians killed, the psychological effects of the violence linger on. Children were among the most affected groups; in the 51-day onslaught, the Israeli army killed 500 children. The bombing campaign, which started in July and ended in late August 2014, caused outrage and spurred international protests as images of dead children flooded social media. The United Nations estimates that, currently, more than 300,000 children are in need … Continue reading Gaza: Children Suffer From War Trauma Three Years On

Analysis: Keeping Palestinian women in Israel on the economic margins

By: Al-Shabaka Al-Shabaka is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law. This is an edited version of a policy brief written by Suheir Abu Oksa Daoud. The full report can be read here. Overview Palestinian women citizens of Israel have one of the world’s lowest participation rates in the labor market, while their Jewish counterparts have one of the highest rates. Though Israeli government officials have publicly stated that the country needs to boost the economy of Palestinians in Israel, particularly by promoting Palestinian women’s … Continue reading Analysis: Keeping Palestinian women in Israel on the economic margins

Al-Aqsa Intifada: The spirit of revolution 17 years on

  The Palestinians marked on Thursday 28/9/2017 the 17th anniversary of the outbreak of the Aqsa Intifada in 2000, which was a turning point in the Palestinian cause, and which changed many equations and established a new stage of liberation. The intifada was triggered by the provocative visit to the Aqsa Mosque by the then-Likud leader Sharon and six Knesset members loyal to him, in addition to dozens of settlers and nearly 2,000 soldiers. This visit provoked the feelings of Palestinians and Muslims, causing the outbreak of the uprising and making the screams of Palestinians at the Aqsa heard in … Continue reading Al-Aqsa Intifada: The spirit of revolution 17 years on

Will Israel do it again?

20th Anniversary of the Assassination Attempt of Mishaal The Israeli media highlighted the 20th anniversary of the failed assassination attempt of Khaled Mishaal, the former head of the Hamas’s political bureau, saying, “Twenty years passed since the failed assassination attempt of Mishaal and here he is today sitting at his home sipping a cup of coffee”. The failure to carry out the assassination by the Israeli foreign intelligence apparatus, the Mossad, was the focus of an article published by the military analysist and writer Yoav Limor in the Hebrew Israel Today newspaper. The article, titled “20 Years After the Assassination … Continue reading Will Israel do it again?