Address by Dr Nadia Naser-Najjab at MEMO’s ‘Oslo at 25: A Legacy of Broken Promises’ conference held in London on September 29, 2018.
Dr Nadia Naser-Najjab is a Research Fellow at the European Centre for Palestine Studies- Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Professor at Birzeit University’s Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies and the MA program in Arab Contemporary Studies. In 2010 she was a visiting scholar at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. Naser-Najjab holds a PhD in Middle East Studies from the University of Exeter and her research is focused on Palestine and Palestinians based on first-hand experience and original data collection.
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.