The Gaza Catastrophe, Part 4: What Comes Next?


MEI/FMEP 2024 Congressional Briefing Series: The Gaza Catastrophe

Part 4: What Comes Next

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Recorded on May 10, 2024

Panelists: Abdelhadi Alijl (Social & Political Scientist), Nour Odeh (Political Activist), Mouin Rabbani (Jaddaliya)

What comes next? This session examined the prospects for reconstruction and governance in Gaza as well as implications of the ongoing crisis for internal Palestinian politics and the future of the Palestinian national movement.

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Participant Biographies

Abdalhadi Alijla is a Palestinian social and political scientist and science advocate. Abdalhadi is the author of the “ Trust in Divided Societies” by  Bloomsbury Academics and I.B.Tauris UK. , and co-editor of “Rebel Governance in the Middle East”. Abdalhadi is a Non-resident senior fellow at Arab Reform Initiative. He is the 2021 International Political Science Association Global South Award. He is a co-founder of Palestine Young Academy in 2020. He is an Associate Researcher and the Regional Manager of Varieties of Democracy Institute (Gothenburg University) for Gulf countries. He was a Post-doctoral fellow at the Orient Institute in Beirut (OIB). Since 2021, he is an associate fellow within SEPAD, sectarianism, proxies and de-sectorisation at Lancaster University. He was the Co-Leader of Global Migration and Human Rights at Global Young Academy. Abdalhadi has a PhD in political studies from the State University of Milan and an M.A. degree in Public Policy and Governance from Zeppelin University- Friedrichshafen, Germany.  He has been granted several awards and scholarships, including Gerda Henkel (2022), DAAD (2009), RLC Junior Scientist (2010), UNIMI (2012), ICCROM (2010), Saud AL-Babtin(2002) among others. He worked for many NGOs and INGOs in the Middle East and Europe such as Transparency International, GiZ, EU Maddad Fund for Syria Crisis, and UNV among others.  He is a member of the scientific and consultative committee of Center for Arab Unity Studies in Beirut. His main research interests are divided societies, Rebel Governance, Democracy, Social Capital, Middle East Studies,  and Comparative Politics.

Nour Odeh is an independent media professional and communications consultant with 20 years of experience as a distinguished journalist. In 2012, Ms. Odeh became Palestine’s first female government spokesperson and she served in various capacities as a senior communications and public diplomacy advisor to the Palestinian leadership. Ms. Odeh writes opinion and analysis in English and Arabic and is a regular guest in international news outlets.

Mouin Rabbani has published and commented widely on Palestinian affairs, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the contemporary Middle East. He was previously Senior Analyst Middle East and Special Advisor on Israel-Palestine with the International Crisis Group, and head of political affairs with the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria. He is Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine.


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From Abalhadi Alijla:

  • Report for the Arab Reform Initiative, “Beyond Politics: Rethinking Humanitarian Aid in Gaza Amidst Disproportion and Disparity,” December 15, 2023. [LINK]
  • Interview on “Podcast Palestine,” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, “From Gaza to Regional War? – with Abdalhadi Alijla,” January 6, 2024. [LINK]
  • 2020 Book: “Trust in Divided Societies” (see here)

From Nour Odeh:

  • Interview with Channel 4 News, “Diplomacy ‘only way’ to security for Israelis and Palestinians, says former Palestinian Authority spokesperson,” November 22, 2023. [LINK]
  • Quoted in i (UK), “What Gazans think of Hamas, according to recent polls,” November 30, 2023. [LINK]
  • Interview with ABC Radio National (Australia), “‘Almost apathy:’ Palestinians respond to PM’s resignation,” February 26, 2024. [LINK]

From Mouin Rabbani:

  • Article in Middle East Eye, “Israel-Palestine war: Israel’s slaughter of civilians in Gaza lays bare its genocidal intent,” October 15, 2023. [LINK]
  • Article in DAWN, “Gaza Has Punctured Biden’s Illusions About the Middle East,” October 25, 2023. [LINK]
  • Interview with the Arab Reform Initiative, “Arab Normalization with Israel and the War on Gaza: Interview with Mouin Rabbani,” November 8, 2023. [LINK]
  • Op-Ed in Al Jazeera, “Israeli failures, US charades and a negotiated truce,” November 22, 2023. [LINK]
  • Interview with WORT Radio, “Mouin Rabbani on ‘Transfer’ and What It Means in Gaza,” January 4, 2024. [LINK]
  • Quoted in the New York Times, “New Palestinian Prime Minister Offers Little Hope for Change,” March 15, 2024. [LINK]
  • Interview with Democracy NOW!, “Israel’s Ultimate Goal Is to Make Gaza Unfit for Human Habitation: Middle East Analyst Mouin Rabbani,” April 10, 2024. [LINK]
  • Mouin Rabbani, Report in DAWN, “The Real Obstacle to a Cease-Fire in Gaza,” May 7, 2024. [LINK]