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Policy Analysis

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.


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.

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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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.
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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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