Resistance at 70: the Future of the Palestinian National Movement

May 18 2018


1319 18th St, NW, 2nd floor,
Washington, DC 20036


Seventy years after the Nakba, the Palestinian dispossession and exile that accompanied the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Palestinians today remain stateless. Their prospects for securing collective or individual rights are bleaker than they have been for decades. Alongside the international and regional developments that are undermining their quest for self-determination, Palestinians are also on the cusp of a leadership change that could have far reaching implications for their collective future. 

News emerging from the Gaza Strip today offers a glimpse that Palestinians are entering a new phase in their struggle. Drawing on his newly-released book, Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian ResistanceTareq Baconi will reflect on the wider trajectory of Palestinian nationalism through the prism of Hamas and the extraordinary challenges faced by Palestinians in Gaza.

He will be joined in this discussion by:

Khaled Elgindy, who will address the history of American policy towards the Palestinians and the peace process and its impact on the Palestinian leadership more broadly.

Noura Erekat, who will focus on the role of international law in shaping the current Palestinian predicament and assess Palestinian officialdom’s legal strategy since 2000 to indicate possible horizons.  

The discussion will be moderated by Lara Friedman.


Tareq Baconi is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and author of the book, Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance (Stanford University Press). He is also a Visiting Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and a Policy Member of al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network.

Khaled Elgindy is a fellow with the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. He previously served as an advisor to the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah on permanent status negotiations with Israel, and was a key participant in the Annapolis negotiations held throughout 2008. Khaled is the author of the forthcoming book, Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians from Balfour to Obama (Brookings Press).

Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. Her research interests include humanitarian law, refugee law, national security law, and critical race theory. Noura is a co-Founding editor of Jadaliyya and an Editorial Committee member of the Journal of Palestine Studies. She is the author of Justice for Some: Law as Politics in the Question of Palestine (Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2019).

This event is cosponsored by the Middle East Institute.