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Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Sarah Ihmoud and Suhad Dahir-Nashif

Sexual Violence, Women’s Bodies, and Israeli Settler Colonialism


They not only invaded our home, took over our space, and evicted us—they even arrested me and took me to the Maskubya—the police station.  I was put in room number four, alone, for a long time.  Then, a big and tall man, a police officer, entered the interrogation room.  I was alone, and started shivering from fear as he closed the door, started moving things around in the room and examining me from head to toe.  I was terrorized, and my heart was ...

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Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Sarah Ihmoud and Suhad Dahir-Nashif


Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a longtime anti-violence, native Palestinian feminist activist and scholar.  She is the Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses on femicide and other forms of gendered violence, crimes of abuse of power in settler colonial contexts, surveillance, securitization and social control, and trauma and recovery in militarized and colonized zones.  Dr. Shalhoub-Kevorkian’s most recent book is entitled: “Militarization and Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones in the Middle East: The Palestinian Case Study” published by Cambridge University Press, 2010.  Her forthcoming book is entitled “Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear,” published by Cambridge University Press.

Sarah Ihmoud is a doctoral candidate in social/activist anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.  She is a Palestinian American Research Center Fellow, a Wenner-Gren Foundation Fellow, and is currently conducting dissertation research on sexuality, intimacy and settler colonialism in Palestine/Israel. Sarah previously researched indigenous women’s organizing against feminicide and other forms of gender violence in post-war Guatemala. 

Dr. Suhad Daher-Nashif is a lecturer and researcher at Al-Qasimi College for Education and Oranim College for Education.  She holds a PhD in social-medical Anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Her current research focuses on practices of death within Palestinian society including femicide and suicide, and Palestinian women’s experiences in Israel with higher education, civil service participation and access to justice.  One of her most recent publications is “Femicide and Colonization:  Between the Politics of Exclusion and the Culture of Control” (2013), published in Violence Against Women with Dr. Shalhoub-Kevorkian, and she recently coauthored a report on Palestinian youth attitudes towards killing women, forthcoming in 2014 by Baladna youth organization and Kayan feminist organization. 


Dr. Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Dr. Daher-Nashif and Ms. Ihmoud wrote this piece in affiliation with the Gender Studies Program at Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa.