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Dina Omar


We Are All Uncomfortable: On Academic Boycott & What Is Productive

On 10 May 2014 Israeli forces shot dead Saji Sayel Jarab’a, a nineteen-year-old student at Birzeit University—he is one out of twenty-six Birzeit University students killed. On the same day, the New York Times published a front-page article characterizing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) debates taking place on college campuses nationwide as “divisive,” emotionally charged, and arguing that some Jewish students are made to feel uncomfortable as a result. In one ...

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Whitey on the Moon

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On numerous occasions this past month, I’ve been asked my opinion on the “social justice” protests in Israel. There is much bellowing beneath my short “shu bi‘a`rifni” (hell if I know). Some believe that literature and storytelling convey truth better than facts; accordingly, I will use the words of two late and missed writers Mahmoud Darwish and Gil Scott-Heron to express why many are uninspired by the 14 July movement. Gil Scott-Heron sang the poem Whitey on the Moon in ...

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Dina Omar


Dina Mohammed Omar is a poet and PhD student in sociocultural and medial anthropology at Yale University. She is also a student affiliate with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Women Gender and Sexuality Studies programs. She is a founding member of National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) and also served as a member of the Palestine Youth Movement (PYM) National Executive Board between 2010 and 2012.