Lihi Ben Shitrit is an assistant professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens.
Lihi Ben Shitrit is an assistant professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens. In 2013-2014, she was also a visiting assistant professor and a research associate in the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, religion, and politics in the Middle East. Her most recent publications include her book Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right (Princeton University Press, 2015) and “Authenticating Representation: Women's Quotas and Islamist Parties in the Middle East” (in Politics & Gender, Vol. 13, 2016). Lihi has also worked extensively with civil society organizations, the U.S. Department of State, and USAID on conflict resolution and peacebuilding projects in the Israeli-Palestinian context. She holds a PhD, MPhil, and MA in Political Science from Yale University and a BA in Middle Eastern studies from Princeton University.
Far from being a unifying call for prisoners’ rights, the Palestinian hunger strike campaign is exposing intra-Palestinian divides, particularly within Fatah.
If Fatah’s upcoming internal congress excludes supporters of Mohammad Dahlan from leadership positions, it could tear the movement apart.
This year’s unprecedented Jerusalem pride parade was a political movement uniting diverse minority groups against violence rather than a celebration of selective freedoms.
Laws restricting political representation, civil society, and free speech are disproportionately affecting Israel’s Arab citizens.
The current wave of protests, as well as the random acts of violence, have been spontaneous and youth-based.
The decision to unite four Arab parties in the Knesset may usher in an era of increased cooperation in securing the interests of Palestinians.
Social and economic grievances among Palestinian residents and the contentious politics of the Israeli right underlie East Jerusalem’s turmoil.
Fundamental flaws in the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal, including disputes over security cooperation with Israel, may lead to the fall of the unity government.
The escalating dispute between Mahmoud Abbas and Mohammad Dahlan divides and weakens Fatah, and it complicates the issue of internal succession.
If current political and economic conditions in the West Bank continue, the Salafi-jihadi threat may grow to pose a real challenge.