Seyasat edition No. 43 on 70 years of the Nakba
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
“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