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FES-IPP Seysat edition No. 45: Revisiting “Oslo” 25 years later, legal revision of US measures towards Palestinians


The Institute for Public Policies (IPP) in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) recently issued a new edition of Seyasat quarterly with a focus on  revisions of the post-Oslo reality from multiple perspectives 25 years after it was signed,. They include in-depth analysis of the international and Israeli discourses, especially with regards to the Israeli Nation-State law, and the US-Administration, that has implemented policies in violationinternational law and norms.

 This new edition of Seyasat covers public policy issues that are relevant to the Palestinian society, discussing its economic potential in addition to intellectual and cultural insights that contribute to ongoing debates.

 The edition opens with a study of the political researcher Tayseer Muheisen titled ”25 years after Oslo: Ongoing debate on unity and division”, followed by an article written by Mohamad Hawash under the title ”Oslo Accords: the best option amidst bad conditions”, which highlights that in spite of the shortages in the agreements, the Oslo Accords  were  the best possible attainable option at the time.

 Head of Birzeit University’s Center for Development Studies, Ghassan Abu Hatab, contributes the article ”Quarter of a century of the wrong development track”, while the writer Dr. Muhannad Mustafa elaborates on the considerations behind Israel’s recently passed Nation-State law under the title  ”The Nation State law: the victory of the colonizer over the state”.

 In his overview  study “The Dead-Red channel: in between acceptance and rejection”, researcher Abdelghani Salameh discusses controversial ideas, contexts and assessments of stakeholders.

 The next article tackles the Trump Administration’s hostile policy towards the Palestinian people from a legal perspective, written by the International Law professor Dr. Abdallah Abu Eid under the title ”Trump Administration wages war against the Palestinian people: Collective violation of various international law principles”.

 Another article named ”Islamic-Secularim: From miraculous to inimitable incapacitation” by Birzeit University’s media professor Dr. Walid Shurafa sheds light on the references and tools of political Islam.

 Under the section of public policies, Dr. Mohammad Kamal Abu Amsha from the Palestine Technical University (Kadoorei) presents a study titled “Analysis of Palestine Stock Exchange and enhancing its investor encouragement role”, while another article presented by the political researcher Mansour Abu Karim analyzes the reality of educational policies and their success or failure in combating unemployment.

The relationship between the educational polices and unemployment amongst youth is worthwhile of more contemplation towards rectifying those policies and directing them towards increasing unemployment rates, he argues.

 Hussein Nayef Abu Tyoor writes in the international policy section about  the Trump administration’s steps to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in the light of international law and norms.

 This Seyasat edition concludes with areview of the book “Israel and Apartheid” presented by Talal Ibrahim , issued by The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) and edited by Dr. Honaida Ghanem and Azar Dakour.