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POLICY STUDY: YOUTH ACTIVISM IN THE SOUTH AND EAST MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES SINCE THE ARAB UPRISINGS: CHALLENGES AND POLICY OPTIONS

Silvia Colombo, Senior Fellow, International Affairs Institute (IAI), Rome Nadine Abdalla, Research Associate, Arab Forum for Alternatives (AFA), and EUME Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center of Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Free University of Berlin Omar Shaban, Director, Pal-Think, Gaza Isabel Schäfer, Senior Researcher, German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn Download Study: http://palthink.org/en/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/PolicyStudy_Youth_EuroMeSCo_IAI.pdf Read More »

Back to Gaza: A New Approach to Reconstruction

By: Sultan Barakat and Omar Shaban The initial drive to rebuild the Gaza Strip following last summer’s destructive war between Israel and Hamas has gradually stalled. Only a tiny percentage of funds pledged at an October donor’s conference have reached Gaza, and thousands remain homeless. What factors have caused these failures in the reconstruction of Gaza? How can the Palestinian ... Read More »

Case Study: “Renewable Energy in the Gaza Strip: Short, Mid, and Long Term concepts”

This case study presents obstacles, challenges and recommendations provided by key participants of the six workshops and round table discussions organized by PalThink for Strategic Studies and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung for the project: “Renewable Energy as a Sustainable Solution to the Electricity Crisis in Gaza Strip”. Recommendations and approaches have been organized as short, medium and long-term concepts for their appropriate adoption ... Read More »

Policy Paper: The Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip: Lessons from the Past and Challenges of the Future

Introduction: This paper is a reflection of a workshop organized by Pal-Think for Strategic Studies on the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, which was held on September 4, 2014. In addition to using the outcomes of the workshop as a main source of this paper, the paper uses other primary resources on the same topic. One of which is a ... Read More »

Policy Paper: “National Reconciliation and Peace with Israel Are Complementary Not Contradictory”

Background: In January 2006, Palestinian territories held its second parliamentary elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). Fatah, still at the helm of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), was keen to continue its governance using the Palestinian Authority (PA). The Islamic Resistance or Hamas that had boycotted the elections of the PLC in 1996 entered electoral politics for the first ... Read More »

Policy Paper: “Palestinian Basic Law: Are Public Freedoms Protected?”

Introduction: The protection of public freedoms and fundamental human rights is one of the most important safeguards guaranteed by international law, Constitutions of all nations around the world adopt these safeguards and legislate on them in their domestic legal systems, because they demonstrate the road map to pursue and ensure citizen’s rights. The Palestinian Basic Law, which was passed by ... Read More »

Policy Paper: The Exacerbating Electricity Crisis in Gaza and Urgency of Finding Strategic Solutions

Background and Rationale: For many years now, Gaza Strip has been suffering from a chronic crisis in the electricity sector. This crisis is connected with a variety of crises which its intensity varies according to the changing circumstances and contexts that affect them. There are multiple sources of electric energy that provide Gaza with electricity. The need of the Gaza ... Read More »

Policy Paper: The Crisis of Gaza Strip Crossings: some Possible Solutions?

I. Introduction: While the Israeli government ‘unilaterally’ disengaged from the Gaza Strip and dismantled the settlements in 2005, it continued to control key points of exit/entry and access into this Palestinian territory. Additionally, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel signing the Agreement on Movement and Access (AMA) would allow the PA to control the crossing, with the EU as a monitor ... Read More »

Policy Paper: ” Youth of Palestine: Charting A Path Out of Extremism”

1. Introduction: It has often been asserted that the youth are depositories and key stakeholders of a society’s future. This rings all the more true for the Palestinian Territories, where it is often the youth among a largely emaciated population that have the ability to spur sociopolitical and economic welfare. The Palestinian youth are all the more critical when one considers ... Read More »

Policy Paper: One for all, All for One: Diversity and Pluralism In The Palestinian Society

1. Introduction American author and poet, Maya Angelou once said, “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength”. While uttered in an American context the importance of diversity and pluralism rings just as seminal in the Palestinian Territories as well. While often informed by the on-going conflict with ... Read More »