Join the Debate: Invest in Palestinian Policy Perspectives

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Join the Debate: Invest in Palestinian Policy Perspectives

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What’s the Idea?

Al-Shabaka’s Palestine Policy Lab will be an online live-stream discursive space, where audiences can engage directly with expert analysts from our nearly 200 member-network as they craft policies and strategies related to Palestine. The labs will be free and open for public participation and live-streamed on Facebook, inviting viewers to join in on policy discussions.

Why is a Policy Lab Important?

Too often, critical discussions and decisions about the future of Palestine are taking place without input from Palestinians themselves. The Policy Lab is an innovative approach to challenge this pattern of Palestinian censorship and highlight the voices of Palestinian experts.

The Policy Lab invites the public behind the scenes to watch and join in on key policy discussions with Palestinian experts. With a free online platform, people around the world can breach the geo-political divide and engage first-hand with analysts. They can gain key insights about the issues straight from Palestinians themselves – and contribute ideas to strategies for the future.

Who’s Behind the Project?

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Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network is the only independent, transnational Palestinian think tank. Our mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law. We proudly host a network of nearly 200 experts on Palestine, located within Palestine and across the Diaspora. The organization is supported by a small, dedicated team of staff and is a 501(c)3 US registered non-profit.

How Can I Help?

Invest: This exciting project requires both people power and technical resources. Your (US tax-deductible) financial contributions will get us well on the way to securing all the components necessary to launch the pilot phase of Palestine Policy Lab and contribute to its continued success. From $1 to $1,000 – every dollar counts!

Spread the Word: Whether it’s asking friends and family to donate personally, or sharing our #PalestinePolicyLab campaign on your social media, everything helps! We need our base to grow as much as possible in these coming weeks and are counting on supporters like you to help our network expand exponentially.

Join Us!: The success of the Palestine Policy Lab depends on participation in the discussions and debates themselves. Join our email list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date for future lab sessions and how to participate.

Meet the team:

Nadia100dpi croppedNadia Hijab is co-founder and Executive Director of Al-Shabaka, as well as 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.

Alaa-Tartir1Alaa Tartir is Al-Shabaka’s Program Director and a research fellow at the Centre on Conflict, Development, and Peacebuilding (CCDP), The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva, Switzerland, and a post-doctoral fellow at The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).



Zena Agha

Zena Agha is the US Policy Fellow of Al-Shabaka. Her experience centers around policy, diplomacy and journalism. Zena was previously awarded the Kennedy Scholarship to study at Harvard University, completing her Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies. Her main research interests include modern Middle Eastern history, memory and narrative-production, and spatial practices.


Yara HawariYara Hawari is the Palestine Policy Fellow of Al-Shabaka. She is a British-Palestinian scholar-activist and a final year PhD Candidate at the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter. Her thesis focuses on oral history projects and initiatives in the Galilee, and more widely on oral history as an indigenous form of knowledge production.


mimi mugshotMimi Kirk is Al-Shabaka’s Commissioning Editor. She also serves as a contributing writer for CityLab, an online magazine focusing on urban issues. She has been an editor for magazines, think tanks, and universities, including the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and The Middle East Institute.



MeganMegan Driscoll is Al-Shabaka’s Outreach and Development Manager. She holds a master’s degree with distinction in Participation, Power, and Social Change from the University of Sussex’s Institute of Development Studies, where her research focused on the construction of Palestinian counter-discourses and decolonized research practices.


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