Building a Successful Palestinian State

    • Title: Building a Successful Palestinian State
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): David & Carol, Richards (Author)
    • Publisher: Rand Publishing
    • Year: 2005
    • ISBN: 0833035320
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 452
    • Size / Format: 4,8 mb / pdf
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Description: The United States, the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations — along with Israel and the Palestinian Authority — all officially support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. This study focuses on a single analytical question: How can an independent Palestinian state, if created, be made successful? This book, a collaboration between two units of the RAND Corporation — RAND Health and the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy — examines what it will take to put the new state on the road to stability and economic, political, and social prosperity over the first decade of its independence. The authors examine options for strengthening the governance of the new state and the structures and processes that will ensure its public safety and security. They describe approaches for promoting the state’s economic development, access to safe and adequate supplies of water, health and health care, and education, identifying ways that leverage Palestine’s many strengths and address the many challenges a new state will face. Finally, the authors estimate the investment required over the first ten years of statehood to help ensure security, build infrastructure, and facilitate the success of the new state.

The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State

    • Title: The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Steven Simon (Author)
    • Publisher: Rand Publishing
    • Year: 2005
    • ISBN-13: 9780833051202
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 105
    • Size / Format: 16,3 mb / pdf
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Description: An exploration of options for strengthening the physical infrastructure for a new Palestinian state, this study builds on analyses that RAND conducted between 2002 and 2004 to identify the requirements for a successful Palestinian state. That work, Building a Successful Palestinian State, surveyed a broad array of political, economic, social, resource, and environmental challenges that a new Palestinian state would face. This study, The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State, examined a range of approaches to siting and constructing the backbone of infrastructure that all states need, in the context of a large and rapidly growing Palestinian population. The research team develop a detailed vision for a modern, high-speed transportation infrastructure, referred to as the Arc. This transportation backbone accommodates substantial population growth in Palestine by linking current urban centers to new neighborhoods via new linear transportation arteries that support both commercial and residential development. The Arc avoids the environmental costs and economic inefficiencies of unplanned, unregulated urban development that might otherwise accompany Palestine’s rapid population growth. Constructing the key elements of the Arc will require very substantial investment of economic resources. It will also employ substantial numbers of Palestinian construction workers. It seems plausible that key aspects of the Arc design can be pursued, with great benefit, even before an independent Palestinian state is established.

Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps

    • Title: Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Julie Peteet (Author)
    • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
    • Year: 2005
    • ISBN-10: 0812238931
    • ISBN-13: 978-0812238938
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 280
    • Size / Format: 45,8 mb / pdf
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Description: Nearly half of the world’s eight million Palestinians are registered refugees, having faced partition and exile. Landscape of Hope and Despair examines this refugee experience in Lebanon through the medium of spatial practices and identity, set against the backdrop of prolonged violence. Julie Peteet explores how Palestinians have dealt with their experience as refugees by focusing attention on how a distinctive Palestinian identity has emerged from and been informed by fifty years of refugee history. Concentrating ethnographic scrutiny on a site-specific experience allows the author to shed light on the mutually constitutive character of place and cultural identification.

Palestinian refugee camps are contradictory places: sites of grim despair but also of hope and creativity. Within these cramped spaces, refugees have crafted new worlds of meaning and visions of the possible in politics. In the process, their historical predicament was a point of departure for social action and thus became radically transformed. Beginning with the calamity of 1948, Landscape of Hope and Despair traces the dialectic of place and cultural identification through the initial despair of the 1950s and early 1960s to the tumultuous days of the resistance and the violence of the Lebanese civil war and its aftermath. Most significantly, this study invokes space, place, and identity to construct an alternative to the received national narratives of Palestinian society and history.

The moving stories told here form a larger picture of these refugees as a people struggling to recreate their sense of place and identity and add meaning to their surroundings through the use of culture and memory.

Galilee Flowers

    • Title: Galilee Flowers
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Israel Shamir (Author)
    • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
    • Year: 2005
    • ISBN-10: 1419613510
    • ISBN-13: 978-1419613517
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 293
    • Size / Format: 2,4 mb / pdf
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Description: The essays collected in the this book were written during the years 2001-2002, in the old Palestinian port-town of Jaffa, on the shore of the Eastern Mediterranean, during the Second Intifada, or Intifada al-Aqsa, but they are not limited to events in Palestine. The war in the Holy Land is presented as the centre-stage of the world-wide struggle of ideas, against a backdrop of such momentous modern developments as the growing influence of American Jewry (“the Rise of the Jews”), the decline of the Left, the ascent of Globalisation, the first steps of the anti Globalisation movement, and the outbreak of World War Three with America against the Third World. It is a daring attempt to tie together various political, theological, military and social threads, and to formulate fresh concepts that provide people with new tools for analysis and action. While seeking the Liberation of Palestine, the author pursues another, more broad goal as well: that of the Liberation of Public Discourse.

Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza

    • Title: Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Lisa Hajjar (Author)
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Year: 2005
    • ISBN-10: 0520241940
    • ISBN-13: 978-0520241947
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 335
    • Size / Format: 2,6 mb / pdf
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Description: Israel’s military court system, a centerpiece of Israel’s apparatus of control in the West Bank and Gaza since 1967, has prosecuted hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. This authoritative book provides a rare look at an institution that lies both figuratively and literally at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lisa Hajjar has conducted in-depth interviews with dozens of Israelis and Palestinians–including judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, defendants, and translators–about their experiences and practices to explain how this system functions, and how its functioning has affected the conflict. Her lucid, richly detailed, and theoretically sophisticated study highlights the array of problems and debates that characterize Israel’s military courts as it asks how the law is deployed to protect and further the interests of the Israeli state and how it has been used to articulate and defend the rights of Palestinians living under occupation.