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  Seyasat edition No. 43 on 70 years of the Nakba

  A new edition of Seyasat quarterly was published by the Institute  for  Public Policies (IPP) in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) with the issue titled “The Seventieth Anniversary of the ‘Nakba’”, which addresses issues that tackled dreams, realities and the aspirations of return of the Palestinian people, particularly refugees.  It raises questions about the transformation in the Palestinian society since the  Nakba in 1948, , until today. Of particular concern is the most recent initiative by the US-Administration that puts into question legal and moral concerns of many Palestinians, especially the right of return.

 Seyasat’s Chief Editor   Atef Abu Seif  begins with an article addressing the reality of  The Catastrophe (The Nakba)and the lessons learned from it, whilst contemplating the Palestinian situation  70 years after the devastating historic event. Further, Palestinian lawyer Mohannad Al-Akhras writes about   Palestinians in exile  through an in-depth analysis of the  living conditions and obstacles  for Palestinians living in Jordan .  He questions what he defines as the systematic policy of dispossession as a cause of the today’s Palestinian refugee problem.   Novelist Salim Al-Beik elaborates on the reality of Palestinians living in Europe, which he describes as “The exile of exile” in reference to a complex situation and new questions that  arose after several drastic events in Palestinian history.

 Media affairs Researcher Ashraf Abu Khuseiwan looks into “Media coverage of  the Nakba in Palestine” to reveal how The Catastrophe was covered in the past and present.  An article by PhD candidate   Mohammad Abu Seif presents a study entitled “Pre-Catastrophe Palestine: Jaffa as a model” in which he  analyzes various  aspects of life of Jaffa as a   Palestinian city prior to its occupation after 1948 . The study reveals the variety, wealth and welfare the city used to have.

 Seyasat’s edition concludes the studies section with an article addressing the future of the Palestinian reconciliation, its pillars, reform and the regional polarization, by Dr. Ramzi Odeh, head of policies department at the Palestine Institute for National Security Research.

 In the edition’s articles section, writer Mohannad Abdelhamid presents an article under the title “PLO between past, present and future”, while   Mohammad Hawash writes about “Holding the National Council and revivinthe PLO’s legitimacy ”.  Gaza based writer Mohammad Diab  shares his reflections  on the March of Return in the coastal enclave.

   Attempting to provide a larger picture of the Marches in Gaza, Seyasat organized a symposium in which panelists like Bassam Darwish (researcher and political activist),   Kamal Abuy Shaeesh (youth activist) and   Talal Abu Rukba (human rights defender) participated in an in depth dialogue facilitated by Media Affairs Researcher Ashraf Abu Khuseiwan.

   In the public policies section, researcher Zakaria Al-Sarhad worked on a rarely discussed subject called “Social capital contribution in promoting fair trade” .

   In the international affairs section, Dr. Amani Al-Kirn addressed the US President Donald Trump’s positions towards the Palestinian cause in the first one and a half years of his tenure.

   Seyasat also presents a book review  on “Gaza: Preparing for Dawn” by Brisith journalist Donald Macintyre  alongside a collection of other recently published books to conclude this issue..

  Excerpts from the preface:

“The Palestinian and regional contexts have seen transformations on more than one level, and as elaborated by the studies presented in Seyasat; the challenges faced by the Palestinians resemble an unprecedented threat to their fate. This is particularly more evident after the flagrant interventions by the Trump Administration in the Palestinian cause and its attempt to take the issue of Jerusalem and then the refugees off the table, trying to dismantle UNRWA. Additionally, the reconciliation efforts would put the Palestinian question in the face of fierce winds. These efforts may have an effect on humanitarian projects for Gaza in return for an expensive political price, which runs the risk of consolidating the division rather than contribute to regaining national unity.”