Policy Analysis

Policy Analysis

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.


70 high ranking participants have attended the opening of the Paris Conference on Peace in the Middle East, initiated by French president Francois Hollande. It aims to restart the peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians based on the two-state solution. Israel has declined to participate in the meeting. The Palestinians, who were expected to be present, have postponed their participation to a later stage.

What are the Palestinian expectations from the conference in Paris?

Sami Abdel-Shafi, who writes from the besieged and marginalized Gaza strip, gives his opinion.

Nur Arafeh from our partner Al Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network, has prepared a policy brief on the collapse of the economy in East Jerusalem. Her study’s focus is on the tourism sector and the markets in the old city of Jerusalem. Starting with a chronological and comparative analysis of the decline in these two sectors Nur Arafeh continues to offer a comprehensive account of already existing civil society strategies to encourage Palestinians to remain resilient against the growing restrictions. Furthermore, she stresses the need to develop a common approach on envisioning the kind of Jerusalem Palestinians would want to promote and live in. 

Muwatin is holding its 22nd Annual Conference on Friday 30/9/2016 and Saturday 1/10/2016 at Birzeit University, titled 'The Complex Challenges Facing Palestinian Universities: Is there a Way Out?', and funded by hbs.
Discussion group at Böll Debates at hbs Ramallah

Which Jerusalem? – This question was raised in a Böll Debate on July 12 2016 in the Meeting Room of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Ramallah. The discussion was based on a policy brief presentend by the excellent young expert Ms. Nur Arafeh, Policy fellow of Al Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. In her paper she had researched “Israel’s Little Known Master Plans for Jerusalem”, which aim to develop the city exclusively for the Jewish people and to further marginalize the Palestinian population.

Two years after the last devastating war on Gaza, the situation in the impoverished strip remains grim and hopeless. Gaza’s population of almost 2 million predominantly young people is still suffering the ramifications of this war. Moreover ten years of blockade have left them in destitution. Lack of clean drinking water, recurring and daily electricity cuts, delays in reconstruction and a decade-long isolation from the world has brought the population to the brink of despair.

The Association of International Development Agencies in Jerusalem is therefore calling on world leaders to press for an immediate lifting of the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Hbs Palestine and Jordan is part of the AIDA network. Please find below a short video on the plight of Gazans, the AIDA press release and the link to a petition, calling for the end of the siege on Gaza.

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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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