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Perspectives #12 - 50 Year of Occupation, 50 Years of Resilience

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This year marks 50 years of occupation – a significant period, not only for Palestinians living inside historical Palestine, but indeed first and foremost for them. Meanwhile 50 years have passed. Generations have grown up in Palestine without knowing freedom, stability, democratic participation and economic prosperity.

In this issue of Perspectives we provide a glimpse on life under occupation during these 50 years through a collection of articles, pictures, infographics, maps and a graphic novel.


Lively discussion on “Digital Occupation”

On 24th of May hbs Palestine and Jordan, the Palestinian Policy Network Al Shabaka and 7amleh, the Arab Center for Social Media Advancement held a Boell debate on Israel’s “digital occupation” policies.

Three media and policy experts presented results of their research and experience on Israel’s control on social media in Palestine.

New Edition of JQ "We Are Still Watching You" by our partner the Institute of Jerusalem Studies

Hbs gladly announces the new edition “We Are Still Watching You” of our long-standing partner Institute for Jerusalem Studies (Institute for Palestine Studies), which is accessible online now.
The IJS is the oldest institute in the world researching and publicizing on Palestinian affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Established in 1963 in Beirut as an independent, non-profit Arab institute it is regarded as the major source of accurate information on Palestinian affairs throughout the Arab world. It provides comprehensive material of current regional affairs with an emphasis on peaceful conflict resolution.
The Jerusalem Quarterly is the only journal that focuses exclusively on the city of Jerusalem’s history, political status, and future. It addresses debates about the city and its predicament, as well as future scenarios for solving the problems of Jerusalem. Sponsored by the hbs, the new issue examines the intelligence and security regimes that have monitored Palestinian lives over the last century. It addresses the continuities and developments of information collection in the pursuit of political control. The historical approach ranges from the World War One Jewish spy network NILI to current roundtable discussions exploring new strategies of resistance to the occupation.

Anne Klein Women’s Award 2017: Congratulations from Ramallah

The Ramallah team of hbs extends its congratulations to South African activist Nomarussia Bonase on receiving the prestigious Anne Klein Women’s Award. In raising her voice for the victims of Apartheid and in fighting for equal rights she is an inspiration to us. Her dedication to women’s rights and social justice is commendable. Non-violent resistance to racism and injustice is a path equally shared by Human Rights Defenders in Palestine. We wish Nomarussia Bonase success in her struggle.

The hbs team Ramallah.

Threats and Opportunities - The Trump Administration and Palestine

The new American president Donald Trump has moved into the White House and immediately started implementing his program. For the Middle East his first announcements and acts don’t spell hope. Palestinians fear that the new administration will side with the Israeli extreme right and that they will be further marginalized.

We have asked the prominent Palestinian writer Nour Odeh to give us her view on the new president and what it means for Palestine.

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What we want

For the past several decades, the Arab-Israeli conflict has been a major topic in international debates. 20 years after the Oslo process a solution seems further away than ever. Ongoing Israeli military occupation, Palestinian internal division, and international disorientation dominate the political agenda. Shifting regional power relations, the transformations in the Arab world, and the rise of Islamism add new layers to the already complicated political conflicts and social struggles.

In cooperation with its Palestinian and Jordanian partners hbs organises conferences, studies, debates, and expert meetings on national and regional levels, in order to analyse the underlying causes of the conflicts, anticipate future challenges, and provide policy advice. Furthermore, hbs organises visiting programs to contribute to the political and cultural dialogue between Germany, Europe, and the Middle East. hbs provides well researched and analysed information about policy options for decision makers on the Palestinian, Middle Eastern, German, and European level.

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