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Mouin Rabbani

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مقابلة مع القيادي في حركة الجهاد الإسلامي خالد البطش

يرى القيادي البارز في حركة الجهاد الإسلامي خالد البطش، في حوار طويل مع "مجلة الدراسات الفلسطينية"، أن التحولات في العالم العربي ستكون في نهاية المطاف لمصلحة القضية الفلسطينية، لأن الكيان الصهيوني خسر في معظم البلاد العربية مَن كان مسانداً له وحامياً طوال 60 عاماً، ولأن المجتمعات العربية عندما تكون حرة وصاحبة سيادة فهذه مقدمات للتحول نحو فلسطين. وفي هذا السياق أبدى البطش تفاؤله بأن مصر ما بعد "ثورة يناير" 2011 أخذت تستعيد دورها العربي الفاعل، مستدركاً أنه ...

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Between Hamas and the PA: An Interview with Islamic Jihad’s Khalid al-Batsh

[Banner of Palestinian Islamic Jihad]

The following are excerpts from an interview conducted in Cairo on 11 July 2012 with Khalid al-Batsh, a senior official of Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Gaza chair of the “Freedom Committee,” established under the Fateh-Hamas reconciliation agreement of May 2011. The full interview covered a range of issues, including the impact of the “Arab Spring” on the Palestinians, the situations in Egypt and Syria, Islamic Jihad’s relations with Fateh and Hamas, and prospects for ...

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إشكاليّات الدّيمقراطيّة الانتخابيّة في فلسطين

[رجل فلسطيني يصوت في انتخابات 2012. مصدر الصورة مؤسسة هاينريش بول]

في مرحلة ما بعد الاستعمار، اعتبر الكفاح من أجل الديمقراطية أمراً مهماً لتحقيق الوعد بالتحرر الوطني. ومع نهاية الحرب الباردة تحديداً أصبحت الديمقراطية الانتخابية تعتبر الآلية الأكثر فاعلية لمواجهة الاستيلاء على الدول ومواردها، وحتى استقلالها على يد النخب الاستبدادية ذات الأفق الضيق التي نصّبت نفسها على هذه الدول.  في عالم تقوم فيه الدكتاتوريات، سواء الفردية أو الحزبية، بالتعامل مع الحكم باعتباره تحدياً تقوم من خلاله بإخضاع المؤسسات لإرادتها، واستثناء المواطن من أي دور ...

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The Pitfalls of Democratic Elections in Palestine

[Image of man voting in 2012 local Palestinian elections. Image by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.]

In the post-colonial era, struggles for democracy have increasingly been seen and presented as necessary to fulfill the aborted promises of national liberation. Particularly since the end of the Cold War, electoral democracy has come to be viewed as the most effective mechanism to confront the usurpation of states, resources, and indeed independence by autocrats and narrow, self-selected elites. In a world where dictatorships of both the individual and party variety have ...

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قطر والفلسطينيون

[أمير قطر الشيخ حامد بن خليفة ال ثاني ورئيس حكومة حماس إسماعيل هنية. غزة، اكتوبر 2012. تصوير علي علي المصدر ا.ب]

سواء من حيث التوقيت أو من حيث الجوهر، فإنه من الصعب تفسير زيارة أمير قطر الشيخ حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني إلى غزة في تشرين أول/أكتوبر 2012 بشكل مبسط. وكما هو الحال عادة عندما يتعلق الأمر بالسياسة في فلسطين، فقد تبلورت بشكل سريع العديد من التفسيرات والتأويلات. وبالتالي، فإما أن قطر كانت تسعى لضمان دعم قادة حماس لإعادة انتخاب خالد مشعل لقيادة المكتب السياسي للحركة الإسلامية، وذلك عن طريق استخدام نفوذها الكبير على الإخوان المسلمين للمساعدة في تحويل رفح إلى معبر حدودي اعتيادي ومنتظم ...

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Year Three

[Graffiti from Tahrir Square in 2011:

Two years after Muhammad Bouazzizi’s self-immolation sparked a wave of uprisings in the Arab world, the region remains in turmoil. In what has become a lengthy process of fundamental transformation, there is little indication of when, how or on what basis stability will again be achieved. Given the transitional nature of developments to date, the temptation to proclaim winners and losers needs to be resisted. If 2012 put paid to the initial notion that youth movements ...

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In Honor of Titans

[Student with his face covered parades a Palestinian flag as he goes past pictures of PLO leader Yasser Arafat, during a demonstration of some 300 Palestinian students of the Bir-Zeit University in the occupied West Bank, Jan. 5, 1988. (AP Photo/Anat Givon)]

In hindsight, the popular uprising that erupted in the occupied Palestinian territories on 9 December 1987 and continued for six grueling yet heroic years makes perfect sense. Scholars, analysts, and activists have demonstrated how a variety of factors came together to ripen conditions for the eruption of mass protest and its development into a sustained and organized rebellion.  These conditions included accelerated colonial expansion throughout the West Bank ...

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On the Insignificance of Stevie Wonder

[Stevie Wonder. image from Flickr/Burns]

The recent decision by American musician Stevie Wonder to withdraw from a 6 December 2012 concert to raise funds for the Israeli military has drawn widespread acclaim. One activist, Ali Abunimah, even characterized it as a “significant milestone”, contrasting it favorably with “empty gestures” at the United Nations and specifically the General Assembly’s recent 138-9 decision to grant Palestine non-member observer state status.  The facts suggest otherwise. Stevie ...

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Palestine at the United Nations?

[The UN General Assembly. Image by Ragnhild H. Simenstad via Flickr]

The significance of the United Nations General Assembly vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state has been exaggerated by opponents and proponents alike. It has no consequences for the status of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, nor does it undermine the rights of Palestinian refugees living in exile, the occupied territories, or indeed Israel as codified in international law and ...

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Qatar and the Palestinians

The Emir of Qatar Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Gaza's Hamas Prime minister Ismail Haniyeh in Bait Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Oct. 23, 2012. Image by Ali Ali, Pool/AP Photo.

Whether in terms of timing or substance, the October 2012 visit of Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to the Gaza Strip defies simple explanation. As so often where Palestinian politics is concerned, a cottage industry of explanations and interpretations rapidly materialized. Thus Qatar was either seeking to ensure the support of Hamas’s Gaza leaders for the re-election of Khalid Mashaal to the leadership of the Islamist movement’s Politbureau; using its ...

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More Quick Thoughts on Palestine at the United Nations

[President Barack Obama listens as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responds to a question during a joint meeting with the press in the Oval Office Thursday, May 28, 2009. Image by Pete Souza. From Wikimedia Commons.]

The outcome of a United Nations General Assembly vote on enhanced membership status for Palestine has never been in question. The Palestinians will win, probably handily, because the international community overwhelmingly supports the Palestinian right to self-determination and opposes Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory. Those openly opposing this vote can easily be counted on the fingers of an amputated hand: Israel; the United States, which is more pro-Israel ...

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Netanyahu's First War

[A Palestinian man picks up a binder from the debris after an Israeli air strike on the building of Hamas' Ministry of Interior in Gaza City, 16 November 2012. Image by Hatem Moussa/AP Photo.]

Despite his deserved reputation as an extremist and rejectionist of the first order, Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu has unlike most of his predecessors never initiated a war. He appears not to have planned one this time either.  The 1996 Tunnel Intifada, named after several days of clashes that followed Israel’s festive opening of a tunnel in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem, may well have been Bibi’s template for the current assault on the Gaza Strip. It after all ...

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Reflections on a Lifetime of Engagement with Zionism, the Palestine Question, and American Empire: An Interview with Noam Chomsky

[Noam Chomsky. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

In the following interview conducted for the Journal of Palestine Studies by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani, Noam Chomsky reflects on a lifetime of engagement with the Palestine Question. He reflects on his early engagement, and how it developed over the course of his lifetime. He also considers how things have –and have not—changed, and where the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could and should be heading. The interview was conducted in Lexington, MA in 2009 and 2010, ...

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Introduction to Roundtable on Iran Crisis

[Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

The cacophony of voices discussing and debating the merits of sanctions against, negotiations with, and war on Iran has been deafening.  For two years the expanding sanctions regime has been presented as an alternative to conflict, while it threatens to be a mere prelude to war. The only remaining question being who would attack Iran on account of its purported nuclear weapons program.  Largely absent from this debate has been analysis based on knowledge of Iranian ...

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United States Should Step Aside as Mideast Broker

[Left to right: Hillary Clinton, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mahmoud Abbas. Image from unknown archive.]

When it comes to Arab-Israeli diplomacy the American monopoly on mediation needs to be terminated. The reason is simple. Washington’s systematic failure over several decades has disqualified it from acting without adult supervision. Rather than the marriage counselor who must be balanced because both spouses are angry, the US is the arbitrator who sleeps with and solicits bribes from the more powerful disputant, and fixes outcomes accordingly. Given the US mantra that it ...

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Prisoner Exchange Levels Hamas, Fatah Playing Fields

[Image from 972mag.com]

News that Israel and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) had reached agreement on a prisoner exchange instantaneously displaced the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) bid for full United Nations membership from the headlines in mid-October. Arguably, Hamas and Israel had a common interest in this regard. More importantly, the Palestinian Islamists, no longer relegated to the margins of the Palestinian UN initiative by the rival leadership in Ramallah, can now resume ...

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Hate Speech Finds a Mainstream Platform

[Image from Washington Post]

It is not often that major international publications respond to crackpot opinion pieces in other newspapers. Yet Robert L. Bernstein’s latest tantrum against the Palestinians, which the Washington Post published instead of steering the author to an extremist website, was so far beyond the pale that The Economist felt compelled to issue a ...

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Abbas's Next Move

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Mahmoud Abbas’s address to the United Nations General Assembly on 23 September fell considerably short of Yasir Arafat’s electrifying 1974 speech from the same podium. Nor did it compare with Haidar Abdul Shafi’s dignified – and unanswerable – call for justice at the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference. Yet it may come to be seen as a historic turning point in the fortunes of the Palestinian people. Abbas’s agenda was transparent. He was sending the Americans a message: grow a ...

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A Long Season of Change Ahead for Every Arab Nation

[Map of Arab world using national flags. Image from unknown source.]

In the six months since Mohammed Bouazizi immolated himself and set an entire region alight, analysts and observers have swung from issuing death certificates for the established Arab order to concluding that it has managed to withstand the challenge of mass insurrection. Both judgements are premature, and neither is correct. The fundamental reality that is all too often overlooked is that the Arab Spring is a dynamic process, rather than a single season. It will continue ...

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The Year of the Citizen

[From Google Images.]

During the Spring of the so-called Arab Spring, the euphoria that characterized the Winter of 2010/2011 has increasingly given way to more somber attitudes associated with Winter. For those who were expecting a linear progression towards freedom, in which vain autocrats and sclerotic regimes would fall with growing ease and rapidity, despondency is an appropriate response to the increasing ferocity with which ruling elites seek to remain in power. Yet in the life of peoples, ...

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Bio

Mouin Rabbani

Mouin Rabbani is a Contributing Editor of Middle East Report and has published and commented widely on Palestinian affairs and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He was a Senior Analyst of the Middle East with the International Crisis Group. Previously he worked as Palestine Director of the Palestinian American Research Centre. He is Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine.

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