Against Israel’s Colonial Tide: Palestinian Initiatives to Shape Their Future


Nur Arafeh, Policy Fellow, Al-Shabaka 
Tareq G. Baconi, Policy Fellow, Al-Shabaka 
Nadia Hijab, Executive Director, Al-Shabaka


*A light lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Panel begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.


This panel examines the intersection of Israeli policies of occupation and containment which prevent Palestinian self-determination, with a focus on the experience for Palestinians of living under occupation in Jerusalem and Gaza and the ways Palestinians and their supporters are organizing politically, economically and culturally to protect their human rights and work towards a different future.

The panelists are all contributors to Al Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Policy Fellow Nur Arafeh will examine Israel’s plans for Jerusalem and its “vision” for the city by mid-century, as well as the ways in which Jerusalemites are organizing and the support they need. This will be followed by Policy Fellow Tareq Baconi, who will address Israel’s siege of Gaza, the predicament of Hamas, and the role of regional actors, and also suggest ways forward. Executive Director Nadia Hijab will then discuss Israel’s measures against the occupied territories and the Palestinian citizens of Israel, including its draconian attacks on human rights defenders, and examine counter-measures by the Palestinian and international actors.


Nur Arafeh, Al-Shabaka Policy Fellow,  has written widely on Jerusalem and economic fragmentation in the occupied Palestinian territories.  Her main research interests include the political economy of development in the Middle East, sociology and politics of development, and economic forms of resistance. Her analysis has appeared in Le Monde Diplo, The Hill, and The Huffington Post, among others.

Tareq G. Baconi, Al-Shabaka Policy Fellow, focuses on Islamist movements and his forthcoming book Hamas: The Politics of Resistance, Entrenchment in Gaza is being published by Stanford University Press. He also analyzes energy issues, including in the Mediterranean. His writings have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Sada: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Open Democracy.

Nadia Hijab is Executive Director of Al-Shabaka, which she co-founded in 2009. She is a frequent public speaker and media commentator and her analyses have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, and Le Monde Diplo, among other outlets. Her first book Womanpower: The Arab Debate on Women at Work was published by Cambridge University Press, and she co-authored Citizens Apart: A Portrait of the Palestinian Citizens of Israel (I.B. Tauris).


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