While cutting the PLO’s monthly stipend to the PFLP and DFLP is an attempt by Mahmoud Abbas to assert his authority and control over the PA, it does not end the crisis of legitimacy he faces. Quite the opposite: it confirms what his critics already think of him, and pushes Palestinian political unit...
Political solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are frozen. Contact between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is now limited to the controversial security coordination between the two, while Palestinian politics remain divided between Fatah-Hamas and the West Bank-Gaza Strip. A national Palestinian consensus on how to end the Israeli occupation and what peace will look like no longer exists. From September 2015, frustration with the Israeli occupation and Palestinian political stalemate was expressed by young Palestinians, who rose up, primarily in Jerusalem and Hebron. Some 150 Palestinians have been killed and thousands wounded by Israeli troops since September. This is one of the most important political developments in recent years, one which highlights both the lack of Palestinian political leadership and the inability of Israel to halt these attacks despite the Separation Wall and its advanced military and police forces.
Is this a Palestinian intifada? Why did it break out now and how does it compare to previous Palestinian uprisings? Who is participating and what directions will it take in the future? These questions and more will be answers in this evening essential for understanding Palestine today.
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Nassar Ibrahim is a Palestinian political commentator, journalist, author and co-director of the Alternative Information Center (AIC).
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The AIC is a joint Palestinian-Israeli activist organization engaged in dissemination of information, political advocacy and grassroots activism. The AICafè is a political and cultural café open on Tuesday and Saturday night from 7pm until 10pm. It is located in the Alternative Information Center in Beit Sahour, close to Suq Sha’ab (follow the sign to Jadal Center ). We have a small library with novels, political books and magazines. We also have a number of films in DVD copies and AIC publications which critically analyze both the Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as the conflict itself.