Palestine in Political Limbo: What the loss of the two-state framework means for Palestinians

Apr 12 2018


New America
740 15th Street NW, Suite 900,
Washington, DC 20005


Palestine in Political LimboWhat the loss of the two-state framework means for Palestinians

Thursday, April 12, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
740 15th Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005

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The emerging consensus is that the two-state solution is all but dead, largely due to the continuing expansion of Israeli settlement colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory and President Trump’s proclamation recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. How will Israel’s efforts to legalize certain aspects of its occupation under its domestic law impact Palestinians in historic Palestine and in the diaspora? Will Israel’s warming relations with the Arab world complicate or facilitate a just solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict? What role might the international community play as Israel attempts to extend its sovereignty over Palestine? Might recent events have opened up new opportunities for Palestinians to re-imagine Palestine?

Al-Shabaka political analysts Zena Agha, Yara Hawari, and Nadia Hijab join New America Middle East Fellow Zaha Hassan to discuss all this and more.


Nadia Hijab is co-founder and Executive Director of Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network, and a writer, public speaker and media commentator. Her first book, Womanpower: The Arab debate on women at work was published by Cambridge University Press and she co-authored Citizens Apart: A Portrait of Palestinians in Israel (I. B. Tauris). She is a co-founder and former co-chair of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and now serves on its advisory board.

Zena Agha is the US Policy Fellow for Al-Shabaka; The Palestinian Policy Network. Her areas of expertise include Israeli settlement policy, related mapping efforts and the status of Jerusalem. She has previously worked at the Iraqi Embassy in Paris and the Palestinian delegation at UNESCO. Zena’s media credits include The Independent, The Nation, PRI’s the World, the BBC World Service and BBC Arabic. She was awarded a Kennedy Scholarship to study at Harvard University, where she completed her Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies.

Yara Hawari is the Palestine Policy Fellow of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Her areas of expertise include the Palestinian citizens of Israel and Jerusalem, and she focused on oral history projects, memory politics, and indigenous studies for her PhD in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter. Her articles have been published in the Independent, Al Jazeera English, and Middle East Eye. Her previous professional experience includes working at Kenyon Institute in East Jerusalem and the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.

Zaha Hassan is a Middle East Fellow at New America and human rights attorney. Formerly, she was the coordinator and senior legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team.