Omar Shaban

Omar Shaban is the founder of Palthink for Strategic Studies, a Gaza-based think tank. He is an analyst on political and socioeconomic issues in the Middle East. Shaban occasionally participates in international conferences on regional issues and Euro-Med cooperation. He holds a Master’s in Entrepreneurship from the University of Stirling, Scotland.

Could Washington Dismantle UNRWA?

September 20, 2018

The Trump administration has a deeper and darker agenda than simply reviving peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. On August 31, the Trump administration announced that it was suspending all financial support for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). In 2016, the US provided $368...

Three Scenarios that Could Shape the Gaza Strip's Uncertain Future

July 03, 2018

While the world is paying more attention to Gaza, the intra-Palestinian divide is worsening the humanitarian crisis in the Strip. Two major developments that recently took place in the Gaza Strip are shaping the current situation and future of the coastal enclave. The first development was the attack on the...

Just for a Second, Imagine Living in Gaza

May 19, 2018

This is why Palestinians marched to the border of Gaza and Israel, says Omar Shaban in Gaza City. On March 30, tens of thousands of Palestinians headed toward the Gaza-Israel border in what became known as the Great Return March. The reason for this was not the decision to move...

Consequences of the Israeli Blockade of Gaza

July 25, 2014

Gazans bitterly harvest the consequences of Israel’s blockade and occupation of Palestinian territory. After 18 days of Israeli aggression on Gaza, over 848 Palestinians have been killed, with more than 5,200 injured — over 80% are civilians. Along with that, over 1,000 houses have been demolished, of which 3,500 are...

The Gaza Crisis: Timing a War

July 18, 2014

The Gaza crisis may provide opportunities for political players, but victims on both sides are paying the price. Israel has launched three wars in under six years. This is what the blockaded Gaza Strip has been subjected to since Hamas took over in June 2007. The stated objective of the...

Palestine and Israel: A Circle of Failure

February 06, 2013

Though peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians started nearly 20 years ago, a permanent and lasting peace has failed to materialize. This lack of progress has created an environment for violence, radicalism and disparity by both sides.