Saturday, February 1, 2014

Kerry’s billions: US economic plans for Palestine place investment over freedom

Mahmoud Abbas, John Kerry and Shimon Peres shake hands at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa 2013, in Amman, Jordan. May 26, 2013. (Photo: FLASH90)
"Since May 2013, there has been intense debate about the Palestine Economic Initiative, John Kerry’s economic plan for the occupied Palestinian territories which aims to develop the economy of the occupied territories over the next three years as a prerequisite for a political settlement to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Alaa Tartir unpacks what we know of the plan and warns that the focus on economic development takes attention away from confronting the occupation. Tartir says Palestinians need to change not merely the rules of the game, but the game itself."

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