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Bassam Haddad, Noura Erakat, and Jack Saba

البنية التحتية للاستعمار الاستيطاني الإسرائيلي (الجزء الأول): وادي الأردن:

[سيدة فلسطينية (ناديا الكرد) تشير لجزء من بيتها قام المستوطنون بالاعتداء عليه. تصوير سميرة شاه]

منذ تأسيسها، دأبت السلطات القضائية الإسرائيلية بفرعيها المدني والعسكري على التمييز بين الأشخاص بناء على الدِّين. فعلى امتداد إسرائيل في أراضي 48 والأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة التي تتضمن الضفة الغربية بما فيها القدس الشرقية وقطاع غزة تطبق إسرائيل مجموعة من القوانين على سكانها اليهود تختلف عن تلك المطبقة على غير اليهود. تستطيع الدولة تحمّل تلك الامتيازات الضخمة والواضحة للأشخاص اليهود حتى فيما هو أبعد من حدودها المعلنة (لهذا السبب تمت الإشارة إلى إسرائيل في أراضي 48) وذلك على ...

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The Infrastructure of Israeli Settler Colonialism (Part 1): The Jordan Valley

[Palestinian woman (Nadya al-Kurd) pointing to section of her house squatted by Israel settlers. Image by Suemyra Shah]

Since its establishment, Israel has distinguished the persons under its civil and military jurisdiction based on religion. Throughout Israel Proper and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), comprised of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, Israel applies a different set of laws to its Jewish and non-Jewish inhabitants respectively. By bifurcating Jewish nationality from Israeli citizenship, the State is able to afford demonstrable and significant ...

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Bassam Haddad, Noura Erakat, and Jack Saba


Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East Studies Program and teaches in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, and is Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011). Bassam is currently editing a volume on Teaching the Middle East After the Arab Uprisings, a book manuscript on pedagogical and theoretical approaches. His most recent books include two co-edited volumes: Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? (Pluto Press, 2012) and Mediating the Arab Uprisings (Tadween Publishing, 2013). Bassam serves as Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal a peer-reviewed research publication and is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of the critically acclaimed film series, Arabs and Terrorism, based on extensive field research/interviews. More recently, he directed a film on Arab/Muslim immigrants in Europe, titled The "Other" Threat. Bassam is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine and serves on the Editorial Committee of Middle East Report. He is the Executive Director of the Arab Studies Institute, an umbrella for five organizations dealing with knowledge production on the Middle East and Founding Editor of Tadween Publishing.

Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and writer. She is currently a Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple University, Beasley School of Law and is a member of the Legal Support Network for the Badil Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights. She has taught International Human Rights Law and the Middle East at Georgetown University since Spring 2009. Most recently she served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, chaired by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich. She has helped to initiate and organize several national formations including Arab Women Arising for Justice (AMWAJ) and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN). She is a board member of the Trans-Arab Research Institute (TARI); a Policy Advisor of Al-Shabaka; a founding member of the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival; the development consultant for Legal Agenda; and a contributor to IntLawGrrls. Noura has appeared on MSNBC's "Up With Chris Hayes," Fox’s “The O’ Reilly Factor,” NBC’s “Politically Incorrect,” Democracy Now, and Al-Jazeera Arabic and English. Her scholarly publications include: "Litigating the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Politicization of U.S. Federal Courts" in the Berkeley Law Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law,  "BDS in the USA: 2001-2010," in the Middle East Report, and "U.S. vs. ICRC-Customary International Humanitarian Law and Universal Jurisdiction" forthcoming in the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy. She is a Co-Editor of You can follow her on Twitter at @4noura. 

(Noura's personal Jadaliyya page can be accessed here, and her website here)

Jack Saba is an activist and a recent graduate of George Washington University where he was a leading member of the campus SJP chapter. A Palestinian citizen of Israel, Jack was born in Jaffa and has been an active member of the community, assisting in the organization of activities for the Jaffa Youth Movement. His professional background is in international development and Arabic-to-English translation.