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Originally a PhD dissertation, this book focuses on the political and social structure of the Palestinian political elite, identifying its main characteristics and forms of establishment, as a means of identifying the Palestinian political system in its various stages. The book also attempts at analyzing the consequences of the transformation of the Palestinian political system from a national struggle movement to a semi-state on the above-mentioned elite.

Publication Info

Title: Simat al-Nukhba al-Siyasiyyah al-Filastiniyyah Qabl wa Ba’ad Qiyam al-Sulta al-Wataniyyah al-Filastinyyah (The Characteristics of the Palestinian Political Elite before and after the Establishment of the Palestinian National Authority)
Author: Samar Jawdat al-Barghouthi
Published in: 2009 (1st Edition)
Physical details: 366 pages, 17*24 cm, paperback
Price: 10$

 The continued Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people, whether in Operation Hot Winter at the beginning of 2008 or Operation Cast Lead at the end of the year, and the Israeli siege on Gaza Strip and its repercussions are also documented. The book tackles the return of the PLO to negotiations with Israel parallel to the settlement building and Judaization projects in the West Bank, especially in Jerusalem, in addition to the continued security coordination between the PLO apparatuses and Israel. On another hand, the book sheds light on the weakness of the Arab and Muslim worlds, while the US leads international action regarding the Palestinian issue and grants its usual support for Israel. 

The study is presented in two themes: Historical and Subject-based. The historical theme covers the period between the Central Committee meeting in 1991 until the Palestinian Legislative Council elections in 2006; while the subject-based theme considers the structure of the elite in the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

This book is also distinguished with its rich information, as it provides an information database on the members of the Palestinian political elite in the respective periods studied, noting that most of the source-documents used in this book are the archives of the PLO and personal interviews or data request forms.