Thanks to the generosity of the Atkin Foundation, ICSR offers young leaders from Israel and the Arab world the opportunity to come to London for a period of four months, producing a research paper as the result of their work. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide young leaders from Israel and the Arab world with an opportunity to develop their ideas on how to further peace and understanding in the Middle East through research, debate and constructive dialogue in a neutral political environment.
Mohammed Adbalfatah was the Palestinian Atkin Fellow for Spring 2014. Mohammed is the Director of International Cooperation at the City of Gaza. Mohammed is responsible for establishing and promoting relations between Gaza City and foreign cities and maintaining an extensive range of contacts with donor agencies and international organizations.
Mohammed has firsthand experience of the abnormal situation that the people of Gaza have faced under different political realities. His paper addresses these issues so that a more workable policy can be created to deal with the Gaza Strip so that its population are able to reach their full potential and be an asset to the region, rather than a security problem.