Palestine and COVID-19: Lessons for Leadership During Times of Crisis

Overview A Strong Initial Response You might also like: Beyond Failed Frameworks: A Re-Imagined Collective Future In Palestine, COVID-19 Meets the Israeli Occupation The Conditional Right to Health in Palestine Upending the Palestinian Leadership: The Role of Youth Leadership under crisis requires making decisions with speed and precision, and here the PA initially proved capable Click To Tweet Past Policies Left No Choice But Shutdown The real credit for leadership should go to Palestine’s varied and scattered local communities Click To Tweet Counting on Community Leadership COVID-19 has sharpened the need for more efficient and responsive leadership that is capable of transforming crises into an opportunity…to advance longstanding Palestinian objectives of liberation and justice Click To Tweet A Moment that Tests All Palestinians This piece is part of Al-Shabaka's Policy Circle on Palestinian Leadership and Accountability. An Al-Shabaka policy circle is a specific methodology to engage a group of analysts in longer-term study and reflection on an issue of key importance to the Palestinian people. ↩ To read this piece in French, please click here . Al-Shabaka is grateful for the efforts by human rights advocates to translate its pieces, but is not responsible for any change in meaning. ↩ Under the Oslo Accords that began to be signed in 1993 the OPT was divided into three areas with Area A under full PA control, Area B under joint Palestinian-Israeli control, and Area C under Israeli control. The arrangement was intended to last only until the Palestinian state was established in the OPT but Israeli settlement building, land confiscation and home demolitions continued throughout. ↩ Interview conducted by Tahani Mustafa, March 2020. ↩ Op. Cit., May 2020, May 2020. ↩ Bedford, J., Farrar, J., Ihekweazu, C. et al. A new twenty-first century science for effective epidemic response. Nature 575 , 130–136 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1717-y. ↩ Author interviews with practitioners and health officials, as well civil society organizations. ↩ This assessment is based on Tahani Mustafa’s research on social compliance during the Covid 19 pandemic, and the effects the lack of compliance was having on government policy and the increasing rates of infection being seen in Jordan. This was further confirmed in internal discussions with the WHO, the African Institute for Security Studies, and other relevant aid agencies. ↩

2020-09-09 | Politics | English |