Ramallah – A symposium on “Knowledge, Scientific Research and Policy Making in Israel”, organized by The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies MADAR, yesterday, affirmed the structural involvement in scientific research in Israel in the State’s priorities and exclusionist policy and expansionist project, despite the Israeli research achievements and its advancement, globally, particularly in applied sciences.
Ramallah: Attorney Sawsan Zahr, Head of Political, Social and Cultural Rights Department at Adalah Center said the new discourse of the Israeli High Court is hijacking the discourse of human rights to justify its right-wing orders and whitewash its adoption of settler positions and policies of occupation authorities.
Ramallah: Two specialists in Israeli affairs confirmed the vagueness of the elections scene in Israel, despite the reflected indicators that show the advancement of the rightwing bloc in the upcoming parliamentary elections, that is due to the accelerated movement seen in the political arena and the fluctuation of politicians between blocs and parties. Both have revealed the marginalization of ideological factors, to a certain extent, compared to personal and partisan benefits, such that Tzipi Livni showed in joining the Labor bloc, and potentially followed by Shaul Mofaz.
Ramallah: Editor of The Israeli Affairs Quarterly Journal, Dr. Ra’ef Zreiq, considered the history of land laws in Palestine/Israel an intense manifestation of the overall history of the conflict. It is not possible to understand the Israeli State politics and its logic without tracing back this chapter of history. Zreiq clarified that the British mandate period was detrimental in the track of control over lands through land settlement in concession to Zionism’s pressures, besides “stopping the Palestinian time” through which the mandate authorities stopped accounting for the time in which Palestinian peasants made use of certain lands, from the moment it declared those lands were under the procedures of settlement.
Ramallah: Two researchers in planning and economics said that the existence of settlements on territories occupied in 1967 is causing catastrophic losses on all levels; a major obstacle facing all opportunities to realize any sustainable development and utilization of the available geographical space to absorb the population growth and to meet the basic life necessities.