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Laila Farsakh

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: United States
  • Gender: Female
  • Born in: 1967
  • Age: 49
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eila Farsakh (born 1967) is a Palestinian political economist who was born in Jordan and is an Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Massachusetts Boston. Her area of expertise is Middle East Politics, Comparative Politics, and the Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Farsakh holds a MPhil from the University of Cambridge, UK (1990) and a PhD from the University of London (2003).
Farsakh conducted post-doctoral research at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and is also a research affiliate at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She has worked with a number of organizations, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris (1993 - 1996) and the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute in Ramallah (1998 - 1999).
In 2001 she won the Peace and Justice Award from the Cambridge Peace Commission in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Farsakh is the Project Co-Director for Jerusalem 2050, a problem-solving project jointly sponsored by Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Center for International Studies. She has written extensively on issues related to the Palestinian economy and the Oslo peace process, international migration and regional integration.
Farsakh was also a member of the Board at the non-governmental organization RESIST (, founded in 1967 to provide grant money and support to grassroots movements advocating for social change.


Achievements and Awards

Published works:

- Leila Farsakh Biographical Note


1- Palestinian Labour Migration to Israel: Labour, Land, and Occupation (2005). Taylor & Francis Ltd, United Kingdom. ISBN 0-415-33356-3.

2- Commemorating the Naksa, Evoking the Nakba, Electronic Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Spring 2008, MIT, Boston, 2008.

3- “Independence, Cantons or Bantustans: Whither the Palestinian State?” Middle East Journal, vol.59, no.2, Spring 2005, pp. 230-245.

4- “Palestinian Labor Flows to Israel: A Finished Story?” Journal of Palestine Studies, vol. 32, no.1, Autumn 2002, pp. 13-27.

5- Development Strategies, Employment and International Migration, (co-edited with David O’Connor), OECD Development Center Publications, Paris, 1996.

6- North African Labour Flows and the Euro-Med partnership (1999). Part of the series: Europe and the South in the 21st century : Challenges for Renewed Cooperation. Paris : EADI.

7- Palestinian Employment in Israel: 1967-1997 (1998). Ramallah.


1- A Legacy of Promise for Muslims, the Boston Globe, co-authored with Elora Chowdhury, 11 September 2007.

2- with others: Statement: One country, one state 9 July 2007, Electronic Intifada.

3- Time for a Bi-National State, March 2007 Le Monde diplomatique (also published in: Israel-Palestine: Time for a bi-national state, 20 March 2007 Electronic Intifada,

4- The Economics of Israeli Occupation: What is Colonial about it?, 2006

5- Independence, Cantons, or Bantustans: Whither the Palestinian State? vol.59, no.2, Spring 2005, Middle East Journal

6- The Political Economy of Agrarian Change in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Working Paper, European University Institute, 2004.

7- Israel: An Apartheid State? November 2003, Le Monde diplomatique

8- Palestinian Labor Flows to Israel: A Finished Story? issue 125, Autumn 2002, Journal of Palestine Studies,

9- The Palestinian economy and the Oslo “Peace Process", the Trans-Arab Research Institute, 2001

10- Economic Viability of a Palestinian State in the West Bank and Gaza Strip: Is it Possible without Territorial Integrity and Sovereignty?, MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies, May 2001

11- Under Siege: Closure, Separation and the Palestinian Economy 217 - Winter 2000, MERIP

Public Lectures:

1- Notes on Analogy: Israel and Apartheid, at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, 16 March 2007.
* Beyond Apartheid in Israel/Palestine: The Reality on the Ground & Lessons from South Africa, at Northeastern University in Boston, 19 November 2006.

2- "Palestinian Labor Flow to Israel: Is it Over?", at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, 19 February 2002.

3- Palestinian Perspective, Chomsky Lecture on Middle East Crises, December 14, 2000

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