Address by Dr Alaa Tartir at MEMO’s ‘Oslo at 25: A Legacy of Broken Promises’ conference held in London on September 29, 2018.
Dr Alaa Tartir is a research associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development, and Peacebuilding, Tartir is a visiting fellow at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.He is also a policy and program advisor at Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, and a visiting professor at Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po. Tartir is the co-editor of Palestine and Rule of Power: Local Dissent vs. International Governance.
PANEL: Living with the Occupation
While the PLO envisaged the Oslo Accords as a vehicle to self-determination in the territories occupied in 1967, the Israelis viewed them as a means to transform their direct military rule into a system of indirect rule. This required the transformation of the PLO from a liberation movement to Israel’s security sub-contractor in the occupied territories. Its primary function was to quash any form of resistance to the occupation. The asymmetry in the relationship between the two sides allowed the stronger, Israel, to dictate the direction and speed of the process according to its wishes.