The fine print of Palestinian statehood

The PLO/PA's apparent interest in reviving itself provides opportunities for Palestinian civil society and its allies to hold the leadership accountable for Palestinian rights [GALLO/GETTY]

What does the UN fine print - which promoted Palestine as a non-member observer state - really mean? Congratulations are raining as friends of the Palestinians respond with delight to the United Nations' resounding "Yes!" to Palestine's non-member observer state status as of November 29, 2012. But before giving free rein to their excitement, the Palestinian people - and … [Read more...]

Obama and Romney ignore plight of Palestinians

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As a Palestinian-American, I awaited the presidential debate on foreign policy with anticipation, given the massive U.S. military footprint in the region of my birth. I confess to being torn in my attitude to the candidates. From a Palestinian perspective, I know there is little difference: Neither would take effective steps to end Israel’s 45-year occupation, challenge its … [Read more...]

An irrelevant House?

By Nadia Hijab * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Some members of the United States House of Representatives may not know too much about international affairs, but they certainly know what they don't like: a Palestinian state that is not fully supported and endorsed by Israel in direct negotiations. Representative Howard Berman, chair of the House Foreign Relations … [Read more...]

Who Can Save Mahmoud Abbas?

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By Nadia Hijab* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz According to one cable in the latest WikiLeaks batch, the powerful Israeli security official Amos Gilad believes Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas won't survive politically beyond 2011. Abbas is certainly at a crossroads. Will he go down in history as the great liberator or a big loser? The United States appears … [Read more...]

The Settlement Freeze and the Peace Process Freeze [video]

With Michele Dunne, Nadia Hijab and Daniel Levy. On or about Sept. 26 the Israeli government's declared settlement moratorium came to an end. This has been identified as a major obstacle in the nascent peace talks. The moratorium has been incomplete and settlement construction has continued in many areas despite the so-called "freeze." As settlers awaited the coming of this … [Read more...]