Thursday, February 2, 2012

Policy Brief Explores Palestinian Leadership Strategies

Noura Erakat, a former US Campaign National Organizer and Legal Advocate, published today an important policy brief--"Beyond Sterile Negotiations: Looking for a Leadership with a Strategy"--examining alternatives for both rights-based and political program-based strategies for achieving Palestinian human rights and national liberation.

Although the US Campaign, as a broad-based U.S. organization, takes no positions on intra-Palestinian political questions, Noura's important policy brief, published by Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, makes for stimulating and thought-provoking reading for anyone concerned with the attainment of Palestinians' long-denied rights.

From the synopsis:

"Given the abject failure of the Palestine Liberation Organization to secure Palestinian rights over the decades since it was established, it is long past time to explore how a national liberation strategy can be elaborated and by whom. In this policy brief, Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Noura Erakat examines the political leadership vacuum left by the Oslo Accords and then discusses the role of the Palestinian diaspora in the creation of numerous transnational networks that have attempted to fill the void of authoritative leadership. She then discusses the role of the Boycott National Committee and the strategy of using boycott, divestment, and sanctions as a human rights-based approach without a political program. Erakat also draws on lessons from the South African experience and addresses the dangers of achieving reconciliation without revolutionary solutions."

Read all of Noura's policy brief here.