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Call for Applications: Global Politics Summer School Jordan 2019

Call for Applications
The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Global Politics Summer School Jordan, which will take place in Amman from August 18th-29th, 2019 on the topic of "Jordan, Lebanon and the EU: What are their sources of stability in an unruly world?"

Two IPS scholars awarded prestigious accolades

Press release With joy and pride Heinrich Boell Foundation Palestine & Jordan congratulates the two scholars of the Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS) on receiving awards from the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) and the State of Palestine, respectively.

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.

With Scepticism and Hope – Palestinian expectations from the Paris Conference

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.

By Sami Abdel Shafi

Böll Debate: "the Economic Collapse of East Jerusalem"

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 22nd Annual Conference

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.

Böll Debate - “Which Jerusalem? Israel’s Little-­Known Master Plans”

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.

AIDA: #OpenGaza

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.

Civil Society Under Pressure – Shrinking – Closing – No space

NGOs are currently facing growing problems worldwide - and not only in non-democratic states. Governments increasingly target NGOs that work in the field of Human Rights, Justice, Democracy and Social and Environmental Rights. Barbara Unmuessig, president of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, explores in her landmark article the shrinking space for NGOS, which to some degree, threatens to affect our work in Palestine too.

By Barbara Unmüßig

Strangling the Palestinian Economy

Dead Sea cosmetics, Jordan valley dates and peppers from the northern Westbank – these Israeli products sell well in Europe. But as they are produced in illegal settlements in the occupied Westbank the EU has decided to put a label on them. Consumers can now decide whether they want to buy them or not. Critics suggest that this could impair Palestinian workers earning a living in Israeli settlements. Palestinian researcher Nur Arafeh, a partner of Heinrich-Boell-Foundation in Ramallah, disputes this thesis. Her article was first published on Le Monde Diplomatique.