March 5, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



After 20 weeks, Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip has resulted in nearly 30,000 dead, including 12,000 children, destroyed most of Gaza’s civilian infrastructure, and uprooted 80% of the territory’s 2.3 million inhabitants but has so far failed to achieve its stated goal of eliminating Hamas. Although Hamas is likely to survive the Gaza onslaught, its future, along with that of the rival Fatah faction and the Palestinian national movement as a whole, remains uncertain. While US, Arab, and even Israeli leaders debate what post-war Gaza will look like, it is Palestinians themselves who will shape the future of their politics and political institutions. Who or what should govern Gaza in the aftermath of the war? Will the current Palestinian leadership in Ramallah survive the Gaza onslaught? How are the devastation of Gaza and the population's collective trauma likely to reshape Palestinian politics going forward? 

To address these and other questions about the future of Palestinian politics, the Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to invite you to join a virtual panel discussion.


Leila Farsakh
Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science Department, University of

Omar Shaban
Founder and Director, PalThink for Strategic Studies

Obada Shtaya
Co-Founder and CEO, Institute for Social and Economic Progress

Khaled Elgindy (Moderator)
Senior Fellow and Director of Program on Palestine and Palestinian-Israeli Affairs, Middle East Institute

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