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Seyasat edition No.44 tackles the reality of development policy in Palestine

  A new edition of Seyasat quarterly was published by the Institute for Public Policies (IPP) in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and elaborates on the context of development policy in Palestine, which is argued to be largely bound to impediments by the Israeli occupation. Contributions discuss of the challenges of reaching a developmental vision that would be able to resist the status quo, question priorities and raise the ceiling of economic performance.

 The edition begins with a study by researcher Sanaa’ Qasrawi on “the role of civil society in the developmental process”, followed by Talal Abu Rukbeh, writing about “the role of the academic institution in the developmental process”. Moreover, economist Mesyef Mesyef presents a reading of the Palestinian development vision over the course of 24 years since the signing of Paris Economic Protocol, and researcher Abdelghani Salameh presents an alternative perspective on the city of Ramallah from a knowledge based developmental perspective titled: “Ramallah: “A bubble of a real promising city?!”.

Seyasat also includes three articles that touch on the current context of the Palestinian question and related and ongoing transformations. Lebanon based journalist Haytham Zua’iter writes about “the Palestinian resilience in the face of Israeli discrimination and American bias”, while journalist Ahmad Jalal writes about the “calm in Gaza and the division of territories”, warning about the dangers of discussing a truce that would isolate the Gaza Strip.

 In the final section, Seyasat periodical closes with an article by researcher Kamal Abu Shaweesh on the reality of “the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the light of the recent crisis” after several parties boycotted the last Palestinian Central Council and National Council sessions.

 This edition’s symposium was dedicated to discuss “The developmental reality in Gaza Strip”, in which academic Mohammad Diab addresses his questions to development expert, Tayseer Muheisen, head of Birzeit University’s Center of Development Studies in Gaza, Ghassan Abu Hatab and head of Haider Abdel Shafi Center for Culture and Development, Moshen Abu Ramadan. The result is an in-depth debate about development in the Gaza Strip.

In the public policies section of Seyasat, Mahmoud Abu Shanab presents to a study titled “Choosing reliability on renewable energy in development of Palestinian economy and the independence of energy sector: Study case – Jericho Municipality.”

 In the international policy section, researcher Ahmad Abu Dayyeh writes about the compatibility between the Palestinian developmental agenda and the UN plans in a study titled “UN development plan 2030 and the national policies agenda 2017-2022.”

The book reviewed in Seyasat’s latest edition by Qasam Al-Haj is titled “Transformations within the Palestinian society since 1948: dialectic of loss and survival” edited by Majdi Malki et al and published by the Institute of Palestine Studies. The book review is enclosed, in addition to a regular section of Seyasat that lists a number of recent publications on the Palestinian question and its Arab and international context.