On Tuesday, 9 January 2018, in a night-long marathon session, the Knesset approved a law, which authorises the Minister of Interior to either endorse or reject municipal regulations related to opening convenience stores on Saturdays. Although the government claims that it does not change the status quo at all, the law overrides powers of local municipalities.

Ramifications corresponding to the ambivalent resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, are still within the frame of raising multiple speculations pertaining to what the next few days and weeks might bring. This comes especially in light of the severe crisis created by this resignation within a whole influx of neighbouring countries in the entire region, as well as of whether

Saturday, September 25, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.