On March 15, 2017, the United Nations’ Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) released a report entitled “Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid.” Only two days later, the Under-Secretary General of the agency, Rima Khalaf, resigned rather than withdraw the report as she had been ordered to do by the newly inaugurated UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. Indeed, the report, which concluded that “Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole,” triggered a campaign by Israel and its allies, especially the United States, to discredit the report.
It is evident, just three weeks in, that Mr. Trump’s presidency is one of dramatic fluctuations, not only where Israel and Palestine are concerned, but also in regard to his other campaign promises. This month’s Special Focus: Palestine, Congress, and the White House, features nine Journal of Palestine Studies (JPS) articles* and three recent JPS Congressional Monitor reports that, together, illuminate Palestine’s status amidst these fluctuations in an historical context. Focusing on the role of various U.S. administrations, five of these articles highlight the ways that the White House often deviously navigated the tumultuous road to peace in the Middle East. Four additional articles examine how the question of Palestine is addressed in Congress. The Congressional Monitor provides a snapshot of the 113th and 114th sessions of Congress, where 211 and 178 measures pertinent to Palestine were introduced, respectively.
This Special Focus highlights a series of articles from our Journal of Palestine Studies archive on the Palestinians in Israel whom are increasingly central to the Palestinian struggle for self-determination, unity, and national dignity.
Institute for Palestine Studies Senior Fellow George Bisharat
Harvard researcher Sara Roy held a round table on Gaza during last year's MESA conference in Washington, D.C. The Institute for Palestine Studies is pleased to publish the presentation papers here for the first time: “The Coming War Will Be a Nightmare,” Paul Gaston Aaron; “Gaza: The Unprotected Edge of Palestine,” Brian K.
The Institute for Palestine Studies and Mada al-Carmel - Arab Center for Applied Social Research cordially invite you to attend a conference about The ’48 Palestinians and the Palestinian National Project: Role and Status which will be held on the 7th and 8th of November 2015 at Birzeit University, Faculty of Law, hall no. 243 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm and on the 9th of November 2015 a round table will be held at the Golden Crown Hotel, Nazareth, at 5:00 pm.
Senior Fellow Nadia Hijab:
Buried among the roughly six thousand uncatalogued volumes located in the reading room of the Khalidiyya Library in the Old City of Jerusalem is a hand-written workbook of one of the first Palestinians to study the Hebrew language.
Senior Fellow Mouin Rabbani:
Video from our October 15, 2015 Palestine Studies event, "The Future of Bipartisanship on Israel."
The latest Journal of Palestine Studies (# 176) features as its free article, "The Two-State Model and Israeli Constitutionalism: Impact on the Palestinian Citizens of Israel" by Mazen Masri, a lecturer in law at the City Law School, City University London. Masri argues that the two-state solution would undermine the legal standing of Palestinian citizens of Israel (PCI) as it would reinforce the definition of Israel as a Jewish state.