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[Time in the Shadows investigates the two major liberal counterinsurgencies of our day: Israeli occupation of Palestine and the U.S. War on Terror.]

Seam Zones, Security Zones, Death Zones, and Walls

I wrote Time in the Shadows in order to puzzle out why the counterinsurgency practices of enormously powerful state militaries—the US and Israel at the time I was writing the book—so often invoked law and humanitarianism, ...

[Image cropped from a UNRWA Map of Gaza Strip shelters opened & pre-selected for hosting internally displaced people, as of 23 July 2014.]

The Economic Challenges of the Gaza War: Relief and Reconstruction but No Palestinian Development

As both on-the-ground pressure in the Gaza Strip and diplomacy inexorably move towards a ceasefire, the eyes of the world have been fixed upon the mounting casualty toll suffered by the territory’s 1.8 million inhabitants. The scale and ...

[Image of author.]

A Teenager Contemplates Life and War in the Gaza Strip

Who I Am I am Noor Omar Shaban Ismail, a sixteen year-old teenager who lives and grew up in one of the most dangerous areas in the world, the Gaza Strip. I have only one brother who is studying civil engineering in France. I really hope ...

Arab Studies Journal Call for Papers: "Wayn al-Dawleh?" In Search of the Lebanese State

One of the most common expressions of popular rhetoric in Lebanon is the question, “Wayn al-dawleh?” Where is the state? The idea that the Lebanese state does not exist imbues the daily perceptions and attitudes of Lebanese of all ...


Boom: A Photo Essay

[All photos courtesy of Hisham Ghuzlan]

When I visited Shatila last week two topics dominated conversation: the carnage in Gaza and the deleterious effects of the construction boom underway in the camp. I’ll take them in turn, though Shatilans usually don’t; for them, each topic seems the underbelly of the other. Building in Shatila has long been described by residents as a kind of cancer, its growth both irregular and hazardous. The waves of Syrians and Palestinians fleeing Syria since 2011 have caused it to metastasize. Two years ago its population was estimated at 21,000, around 9000 of them Palestinian. Friends tell me the influx of refugees, alongside the steady flow of Lebanese and labor migrants ...

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Watching the Occupation at a Close Distance

On May 15, 2014, Nakba Day—a day on which Palestinians commemorate the mass dispossession caused by the formation of the state of Israel—Israeli army snipers shot and killed teenagers Nadeem Siam Nawara and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Daher during a protest outside of the Ofer prison, where Palestinian political prisoners are held near Ramallah. A few days after their deaths, Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI) issued a video, “Unlawful Killing of Two Palestinians Outside Ofer,” featuring surveillance camera footage of the shootings from a nearby business, as well as an interview with the business owner.   In measured Arabic, the business owner ...

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A Teenager Contemplates Life and War in the Gaza Strip

[Image of author.]

Who I Am I am Noor Omar Shaban Ismail, a sixteen year-old teenager who lives and grew up in one of the most dangerous areas in the world, the Gaza Strip. I have only one brother who is studying civil engineering in France. I really hope to follow in his footsteps and become successful to achieve my dreams and goals. My Story The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. It has absolutely no kind of infrastructure and one of the highest rates of people living below the poverty line. Every year there are 20,000 new college graduates who have the enthusiasm to work and achieve success for their country. Sixty per cent of the people are ...

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Seam Zones, Security Zones, Death Zones, and Walls

[Time in the Shadows investigates the two major liberal counterinsurgencies of our day: Israeli occupation of Palestine and the U.S. War on Terror.]

I wrote Time in the Shadows in order to puzzle out why the counterinsurgency practices of enormously powerful state militaries—the US and Israel at the time I was writing the book—so often invoked law and humanitarianism, rather than naked force. And why so much of their war-fighting pivoted around the mass confinement not only of combatants but civilians. I was also struck by the similarities in the practices of confinement not only between Israel and the US but with historical accounts of colonial confinement effected by Britain and France. For me, what was striking, insidious, devastating, was the less flashy, less visible, practices that were ...

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Zionism, BDS, and American Muslim Leadership

[Image from a demonstration in support of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. Image by Mike Glifford/Flickr.]

American Muslims are among the most diverse and heterogeneous national populations of Muslims in the world, made up of many different communities with different histories and priorities, yet American Muslim community leaders regularly refer to American Muslims as a singular community with a shared political agenda. Given the sociological fact of their diversity, consensus among American Muslims, particularly on controversial and divisive religious and political questions, is not a tenable goal. American Muslims do not need to achieve perfect consensus in order to effectively organize around particular political issues of shared concern and speak in a collective ...

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Racism is the Foundation of Israel's Operation Protective Edge

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On June 30 Ayelet Shaked, chairwoman of the Knesset faction of the ultra-right wing ha-Bayit ha-Yehudi (Jewish Home) Party, a key member of the coalition government led by Prime Minister Netanyahu, posted on her Facebook page a previously unpublished article written by the late Uri Elitzur. Elitzur, a pro-settler journalist and former chief-of-staff to Netanyahu, wrote Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism… They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now, this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They must ...

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CNN Discusses the Palestinian Perspective with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

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CNN's Anderson Cooper discusses the Palestinian perspective with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani. Cooper got the Israeli view from Mark Regev, top spokesman for Prime Minister Netanyahu prior to this interview.

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Once Again on Caesarism: Continuing the Debate with Joel Beinin

[Photo courtesy of Gigi Ibrahim via Flickr]

In his reply to my previous contribution on Jadaliyya, Joel Beinin addresses some of the points he raised earlier in his criticism of my article “Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Egypt”. Having dropped the debate on the character and the meaning of ‘revolution’, Beinin now focuses on my “over-use” of Gramscian concepts, which “undermines their analytical utility”. It is good to hear that he agrees with “the potential relevance of Gramsci’s theoretical insights to understanding the historical processes unfolding in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa since the uprisings of 2010-11.” His disagreement with my deployment of these insights to the ...

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The FBI’s War on Fake Terrorism

[Masjid al-Ikhlas, Newburgh, NY. Image by Daniel Case.]

As part of the effort to prevent terrorist attacks, the FBI has a program in which agents recruit undercover informants who then “listen” for developing terror plots. Two new reports show how this preventative program has run amok, possibly entrapping vulnerable people to justify its own existence. Human Rights Watch (HRW) found that most US terrorism prosecutions are “an illusion” created by the authorities. The groundbreaking HRW report was released just after the premiere of a new Al Jazeera documentary, The Informants, which illustrates the human cost of this massive program. This follows yet another report, this one from the New York University School of Law’s ...

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A City-Sized Prison-House

[A fence encircling Gaza, taken in 2005.]

The no-man’s-land that surrounds the entrance to the Gaza Strip from Israel is a surreal space. Most of the time, it is a hot, flat, quiet place. Tumbleweeds might appear if there was movement in the air and it existed in the Midwest of the United States 200 years ago. But in the Mediterranean of today, the air is still. Only the exposed walk from where the taxi must leave its foreign passenger to the Israeli security point produces a disturbance in the torpor that surrounds this zone. To convey something of the wrongness of this space, you have to imagine the quiet indolence that attends this entrance to a human cage. Nobody outside shouts. Nobody objects. Nobody ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 29)

[The Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, seen here with Donald Rumsfeld, is one of the key participants in a

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt in daily contact over Gaza David Hearst analyzes reports that Saudi Arabia and Egypt are “advising the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu how to press home his ground operation in Gaza.” In response to David Hearst Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, the ...

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Isolating Gaza

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The restriction of Palestinian movement in Gaza and elsewhere has long been a central tactic of the Israeli occupation. During the latest Israeli assault on Gaza considerable media coverage has been given to the Israeli tactic of calling people a few minutes before their homes are bombed. Some observers appear to accept the Israeli contention that this is a humanitarian gesture. Others raise the question of where, in this landscape of violence, in a tiny, densely populated strip of land with no free points of egress, the inhabitants are supposed to go. As Jon Stewart put it, “Evacuate to where? Have you seen Gaza?” Palestinians living in Gaza’s “open air ...

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Hany Rashed: Toys

Hany Rashed: Toys April - May 2014 Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo   For his ninth solo exhibition, Cairo-based artist Hany Rashed experiments with plastic as a material, building on his interest in painting, street photography, and pop culture. Rashed creates a world where everything around him—from cars and people to buildings and pictures of daily life—is transformed into plastic objects, reminiscent of children's toys. The artist uses a particular technique that involves heating, stretching, and ...

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"A Slaughter of Innocents": Democracy Now! Interview with American Jewish Leader Henry Siegman

 Given his background, what American Jewish leader Henry Siegman has to say about Israel’s founding in 1948 through the current assault on Gaza may surprise you. From 1978 to 1994, Siegman served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Born in Germany three years before the Nazis came to power in 1933, Siegman’s family eventually ...

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The Other Israelis

Following Operation Protective Edge, many cities around the world have witnessed demonstrations sympathizing with the people of Gaza. Tel Aviv had a few as well. Haggai Matar, a leftist activist, participated in one on July 12: The right-wingers announced in advance that they would be coming to physically assault us in the protest. However, police paid no heed to the warnings, nor to the threats made on the scene when the protest began, nor to our requests that the very few police officers ...

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The Economic Challenges of the Gaza War: Relief and Reconstruction but No Palestinian Development

As both on-the-ground pressure in the Gaza Strip and diplomacy inexorably move towards a ceasefire, the eyes of the world have been fixed upon the mounting casualty toll suffered by the territory’s 1.8 million inhabitants. The scale and intensity of the Israeli offensive, now in its fourth week, and the professionalism and resilience of Palestinian fighting forces also have dominated headlines.  The terrible human and economic costs continue to mount by the hour and will be felt by the Palestinian ...

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Iranian Intellectuals, Artists and Social Activists' Statement on the Recent Conflict in Palestine

[The following statement was issued by the below signatories on 29 July 2014.] “Remaining silent while Palestinian people are slaughtered is a sin which nothing could absolve.” We condemn the barbaric and frequent assaults that have been committed by the Israeli state against the people of Palestine. We also support Palestinians’ fight to win freedom and defend their homes and their country. These struggles have always inspired people to oppose tyranny all over the world. The pretext for beginning this ...

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Arab Studies Journal Call for Papers: "Wayn al-Dawleh?" In Search of the Lebanese State

One of the most common expressions of popular rhetoric in Lebanon is the question, “Wayn al-dawleh?” Where is the state? The idea that the Lebanese state does not exist imbues the daily perceptions and attitudes of Lebanese of all backgrounds in the wake of failing public services, institutional deadlock, civil strife, and political stalemate. Even incumbent politicians have blamed the state’s “nonexistence” on the inability to provide goods and services, along with opponents’ efforts to create “states ...

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New Texts Out Now: Muriam Haleh Davis, The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution

Muriam Haleh Davis, editor, The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution. Special Issue of JadMag (June 2014). Jadaliyya (J): What made you create this pedagogical publication? Muriam Haleh Davis (MHD): In November 2013, Samuel Everett and Malika Rahal had organized a panel for the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) annual conference in New Orleans. First, all of the papers were given by a group of colleagues who I had met in Algiers during an intensive Algerian Arabic ...

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Malak Helmy: Lost Referents of Some Attraction

Malak Helmy: Lost Referents of Some Attraction April 2014 Sharjah Gallery, The American University in Cairo   This solo show, curated by Beirut for the AUC Sharjah Gallery, presents works from the past five years of Malak Helmy's practice. Lost Referents of Some Attraction brings together three films, an audio and two text-based works, in addition to a series of objects and spatial interventions. In these works, Helmy sets up environments within environments, presenting altered objects stripped ...

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فصل من رواية نوكيا

عندما تخلع المدينة ثيابها لا تعود إليها أبداً. طرطوس تتغير، تتوسع، تتضخم حتى كورنيشها قضم قضمة طويلة من شطّها ومدّ لسانه محاولاً أن يتذوق جزيرة أرواد، أستغرب من نفسي وأنا أتكلم عن التغيير المكاني، نادراً ما سمعتُ عن الذين عناهم الأمر من جيلينا، فقط كبار السن - الذين جلسوا على الطاولات يرمون نردهم لعلّهم يقبضون على حظٍ  فاتهم، أو ينفثون دخانهم-  من يكترثون لذلك. تنقسم حياة الإنسان لقسمين، الأول للحفظ، والثاني لتذكر ما حفظه، كأنّه بذلك يريد أن يثبت لنفسه أنّه كان موجوداَ هنا. أبي الذي تقاعد، ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 29)

Presidential Elections PM Erdoğan Dragging Turkey into Sectarian Fights: Kılıçdaroğlu (1)-(2)-(3)-(4)-(5) Murat Yetkin analyzes the presidential candidacies of Erdoğan, İhsanoğlu, and Demirtaş.   Erdoğan May Become President But Next Prime Minister Unclear Semih İdiz reports that uncertainty over who will succeed Erdoğan has caused disquiet in the AKP's ranks. The AK Party, the Constitution, and the Presidential Election Etyen Mahçupyan refutes the assertion that the AKP does not want a new ...

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Cities Media Roundup (July 1-28)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page, please check details on cities.jadaliyya.com] Urban Planning and Policies More Investments in Tangier ...

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العراق: خطاب التقسيم والأقلمة

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عاد خطاب التقسيم و“الأقلمة“ إلى الواجهة مع تدهور الوضع في العراق و“تمدّد“ الدولة الإسلامية وسيطرتها على الموصل وأجزاء مهمّة من البلاد، حتى أصبحت تشكل خطراً حقيقيّاً يهدد وجود الدولة العراقية. فصرنا نسمعه يتداول في التقارير الإخبارية وتعليقات ”الخبراء“ والمراقبين ونقرأه في تعليقات عدد من العراقيين. ولا شك أنّ الإشارات والتصريحات القادمة من القيادات الكردية بخصوص إعلان وشيك عن استقلال كردستان العراق تضيف زخماً إلى خطاب التقسيم والأقلمة في ما تبقّي من العراق. إن الهدف من هذه المقالة السريعة هو التركيز على ...

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