Editor’s Note: Elections, elections, elections! … and Resistance!

InvestPalestine took a brief mini-break this month to consider new directions for this website, given the declining outlook for the Palestinian economy since this blog was first set up in June, 2011, as well as the recent turmoil on the ground in Palestine. Here’s a few thought-provoking articles we came across that we’d like to share with you about the current situation.

Samer Abdelnour, writing for the Palestinian policy think tank, Al Shabaka, along with Alaa Tartir and Rami Zuraykh, outlines a new approach for the country’s vital agricultural sector that combines investment and development with fostering resistance to the occupation. It’s worth reading, even if just the “Overview” and “The Culture of the Land,” if your time is short.

http://al-shabaka.org/policy-brief/economic-issues/farming-palestine-freedom?page=show

Palestine's produce is renowned, but its farmers are overwhelmed by Israeli imports.  Photo:  The Gaza Kitchen,  by Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt.

Palestine’s produce is renowned, but its farmers are overwhelmed by Israeli imports. Photo: The Gaza Kitchen, by Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt.

Asmaa Al-Ghoul, writing in Al Monitor.com, outlines the movement for a “third party” in the forthcoming elections that would challenge both Fatah and Hamas. It’s the kind of thing that has happened in many parts of the Arab world recently, not to mention places like Italy, Greece and Spain. It’s premise: more democracy, that goes beyond the usual partisan politics, is needed.
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/02/third-party-palestine.html

A Palestinian Updates his Voter Registration in Gaza, 11 February, 2013. Photo: Reuters  (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa).

Palestinians registering to vote in Gaza, 11 February, 2013. Photo: Reuters (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa).


And finally, here’s an authoritative poll that shows what many Palestinians really want: elections!
http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=304086

In other words, no economy exists in a vacuum. It’s also about politics, i.e. political economy. And, in the case of Palestine, that means empowering the Palestinian people, wherever they are.

As always, thanks for reading!

Pam

P.S. Please cut and paste the URLs into your browser. Next time we hope to be able to create direct links … apologies for the hassle!

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