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42nd edition of Seyasat revisits the First Intifada

 A new edition of Seyasat periodical was recently issued by the Ramallah based Institute of Public Policies (IPP), addressing the 1987 uprising (Intifada) on its 30th anniversary. It recalls the circumstances of the Intifada, as well as its specificity and effects on the political culture and reality in Palestine until today.

 In the opening testimony titled “Remembering the Intifada”, Seyasat editor in chief Atef Abu Seif  provides his perspective of the first day  of the Intifada, as he has experienced  it personally. Subsequently he discusses the Intifada as an overall phenomenon, which is described in greater detail in Abdelghani Salamah’s article on the topic “Retrospective reading of the first Intifada: characteristics, results and mistakes”. In the article “Why civil popular resistance succeeds! The case of Palestinian stones uprising” the journalist Abeer Basheer outlines a different side of the Intifada. . while former Intifada activist Kamal Abu Shaweesh tackles the issue of armed action during the Intifada in his study titled “Armed resistance during the stones intifada (1987-1994): A conceptual approach”.

 Activist Nabil Al-Katri analyzes the “Formation of leadership frameworks in the Intifada", whereas strategic affairs researcher Ahmad Issa, a former student activist during the Intifada, presents his view on “The role of the student movement in the stones intifada (1987)”. Nadia Al-Dalou writes about “The political and social role of Palestinian women during the Intifada.”

 Furthermore, Seyasat addresses the relevance of the economic reality that has served as fertile ground for the outbreak of the Intifada by researcher Mahmoud Abu Shanab’s study titled “The economic context of the outbreak of the Intifada”. Besides, the issue of Palestinians living in Israel (territories occupied by Israel in 1948) is discussed by Antoine Shalhat in “1987 Intifada: Palestinians of 1948 in the heart of the Palestinian cause”, whereas academic Muhannad Mustafa outlines in his research “The Israeli reception of 1987 Intifada”.

 In another article, journalist Mohammad Hawwash addresses the question: “The first Intifada…. Would it reoccur?”. Moreover, journalist Muhanad Abdelhamid brings all questions raised together through a symposium titled “30 years after the Intifada”, which he developed with prominent West Bank activists, including Abdelmajid Hamdan (Abu Wadidah), Dr. Samir Shihadeh, and Wisam Rafidi.

 The edition concludes with two testimonies from the heart of the Intifada compiled by journalist Hussam Ezzedine in “Prisoner 10037!”. In the first testimony he recalls his experience of incarceration at Negev prison, which is recounted as a main issue throughout the time of the First Intifada. The second testimony deals with “The first Intifada: the innocence of the brain vs. the deception of the ideology.”

 The  book review section for  recent publications presents the study “Palestinian economy: The siege of production factors” published by the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction (PECDAR) and edited by its own president Dr. Mohammad Ishtaye.