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Tariq Dana طارق دعنا

The Palestinian Resistance and Its Enemies

[Abd al-Qadir al-Husseini with aides and Palestinian irregulars, Jerusalem district, February 1948.]

Responding to Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and other resistance forces in the Gaza Strip’s rejection of the so-called “ceasefire proposal,” Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas lamented, “The Palestinian factions’ refusal to deal with the Egyptian proposal for ceasefire with Israel has disappointed all of us.” That ceasefire called for the end of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, but said nothing of the Israeli occupation, siege, ...

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The Beginning of the End of Palestinian Security Coordination with Israel?

[Two Palestinian police standing in front of the Church of the Nativity. Image by James Emery.]

While Mahmoud Abbas’s infamous speech at the conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has sparked widespread condemnation and outrage among Palestinians, it has also provoked renewed questioning of the increasingly suspicious role of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) security sector. In his speech, Abbas defended security coordination with Israel under any and all circumstances, claiming that such coordination is a “Palestinian national interest.” Meanwhile, he ...

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الرأسمالية الفلسطينية المتمادية

[رئيس الوزراء الفلسطيني سلام فياض. المصدر أب]

لمحة عامة تكافح غالبية الفلسطينيين الرازحين تحت الاحتلال الإسرائيلي من أجل البقاء على قيد الحياة، وفي الوقت نفسه تشهد فئةٌ متنفذةٌ من الرأسماليين الفلسطينيين ازدهارًا وتناميًا في نفوذها السياسي والاقتصادي والاجتماعي. وغالبًا ما يكون ثمن ذلك الازدهار مشاركتهم في مشاريع التطبيع الاقتصادي. أي أن هؤلاء الرأسماليين الفلسطينيين يتعاملون مع الإسرائيليين كما لو كانوا شريكًا تجاريًا "طبيعيًا" وليس قوةً محتلة ما انفكت تنتهك حقوق الشعب الفلسطيني بلا رحمة منذ ما يزيد على 65 ...

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The Palestinian Capitalists That Have Gone Too Far

[Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad speaks at a ceremony announcing the first Palestinian commercial financial bond, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)]

While most Palestinians living under Israeli occupation are struggling to survive, a powerful group of Palestinian capitalists is thriving and growing in political, economic and social influence. The cost, all too often, is their engagement in economic normalization projects. In other words, they deal with the Israelis as though they were a “normal” business partner rather than an occupying power that has ruthlessly violated Palestinian rights for over sixty-five ...

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Tariq Dana طارق دعنا

Tariq Dana is assistant professor of political science at Hebron University. He received his Ph.D. from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy, where his focus was on the transformation of Palestinian civil society from mass-based movements to neoliberal-oriented NGOs. During this period, he was PhD visiting fellow at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He has worked with many Palestinian and international NGOs and UN agencies in the occupied Palestinian territory, Africa and Europe. His research interests include civil society, NGOs and social movements, neoliberalism, and globalization and state-building with a particular focus on Palestine.