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Lori Allen

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Gaza, Einstein, and the UN

[Richard Goldstone. Photo by Alex Catalan.]

Many believe that Albert Einstein offered the witty definition of insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Apparently this is a misattribution, but it doesn’t make Einstein any less smart, or the quote any less insightful. I was reminded of it when I read the news that the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution establishing an investigative commission to look into violations of international humanitarian and ...

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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 ...

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New Texts Out Now: Lori Allen, The Rise and Fall of Human Rights: Cynicism and Politics in Occupied Palestine

[Cover of Lori Allen,

Lori Allen, The Rise and Fall of Human Rights: Cynicism and Politics in Occupied Palestine. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? How does it connect to and/or depart from your previous research?    Lori Allen (LA): My original research question focused on the generative capacities of violence and suffering, which I hoped to illuminate through investigating Palestinian human rights NGOs. I understood these ...

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Bio

 

Lori Allen is University Lecturer in Contemporary Middle Eastern Politics & Society and a Fellow at King's College at Cambridge University. She is a founding member of the Task Force on Middle East Anthopology, a group dedicated to increasing the relevance, visibility, and application of anthropological perspectives on the Middle East, and an emerita Editorial Committee member for Middle East Report. She is the author of The Rise and Fall of Human Rights: Cynicism and Politics in Occupied Palestine (Stanford, 2013).