While speculation about the fate of the movement and its role in Palestinian politics has reached unprecedented levels, it remains unclear how exactly will Hamas address the brewing crises at its doorstep. Whether the goal is to retain its political power or a return to its insulated resistance mode, the nature of the road ahead depends on how Hamas defines itself in light of largely different geopolitical realities from those that defined its inception in the late 1980s.
The Journal of Palestine Studies, the oldest English-language academic journal devoted exclusively to Palestinian affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict, is a mix of peer-reviewed scholarly articles, reports, essays, and interviews, and includes documentary and other current materials useful to researchers. Published quarterly by the University of California Press at Berkeley, JPS is edited at the Washington, D.C. affiliate of the Beirut-based Institute for Palestine Studies, which also maintains an office in Ramallah. Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, is the journal’s editor.
Unlike others who have also known and been transformed by tragedy, the Palestinian people remain consigned to their tragic fate. Notwithstanding their struggles, Palestinians continue to stand out for their remarkable professional achievements and as examples of steadfast resistance. Honoring their legacy serves to preserve collective Palestinian memory and history.
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On May 29, 1996, Likud opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, opponent of the Oslo accords, was elected Israeli Prime Minister. Netanyahu's first electoral victory held portents for his subsequent return to the office in 2009. As Benny Morris wrote at the time, the “peace process would grind to a halt” and “ultranationalism [and] . . . fundamentalist religious currents that have taken hold of the minds and souls of growing numbers of Israelis since the 1967 war” would be further galvanized.
Institute for Palestine Studies Senior Fellow Mouin Rabbani spoke to Palestine Square on developments on the ground in Palestine after his recent trip to the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Senior Fellow Ahmad Samih Khalidi:
IPS Senior Fellow Rashid Khalidi:
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Zionism’s material and cultural conquest is a manifestation of the axiom long voiced by its partisans: the Arabs may have rights on the land but only Jews have rights to the land. Every movement needs its propaganda and Zionism has been the colonial master of marketing.