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Understanding Operation Protective Edge: The Gaza Strip in Context

"Thank goodness for the democratization of media" NOURA ERAKAT
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Noura Erakat

Assistant Professor, New Century College at George Mason University and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya

The most recent hostilities between Israeli and Palestinian resistance groups in the Gaza Strip have had a tremendous humanitarian toll, mostly borne by Palestinians. Significantly, the level of harm caused is not unprecedented as evidenced by Operation Cast Lead as well as Operation Pillar of Defense. Moreover, the ceasefire agreement that brought Operation Protective Edge to a close looked almost identical to the one established in November 2012, including a lack of implementation mechanisms. In effect, the parties are in a holding position until the next crisis is triggered. 


Join us as Erakat places the crisis of the Gaza Strip into historical, political, and legal context. It will examine the transformation of the Gaza Strip from 1948 until the present with a particular emphasis the years between Israel’s unilateral deployment in 2005 and today. In doing so, she will address fundamental questions related to the long-term security of Israelis and Palestinians as well as the potential for the U.S-brokered bilateral peace talks to achieve a durable solution to the conflict. 

 


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  • max neiman

    An interesting talk, appealing to preconceived ideas. Ms. Erakat is an advocate, appealing and attractive, but a propagandist nevertheless. Both sides of this issue have them, and she's a pretty good one for the Palestinian cause. Because she largely makes the Israeli/Palestinian conflict a purely one-sided dynamic, we are left with the claim that this conflict would be solved if only the Israelis acted better. There is no doubt that Israelis are militarily and economically more powerful, and they use those assets. There is no doubt that since 1948, both sides have acted badly from time to time. But this kind of narrative is not only one-sided and often, very often, false, it is not in the least helpful, even if the tone is less inflammatory and less strident.