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Magid Shihade


Memory and Forgetfulness in A Settler Colony

[Jewish population centres in Palestine/Israel in 1948, 1967, and 2000 (adapted from Malkit Shoshan, Vitala Tauz). Image via]

As we approach the sixty-seventh anniversary of al-nakba (The Catastrophe)–the term given to the 1948 ethnic cleansing, destruction, dispossession, and uprooting of eight-five percent of Palestinians as a result of the Zionist settler colonization of Palestine and the creation of the Israeli state–one cannot but reflect on the politics of memory and forgetfulness. The dynamics of memory and forgetfulness have common features in all types of states, but they take a different ...

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We Are Fine in Gaza. How Are You?

[Image by INSURGENCIA GRAFICA via Flickr]

In celebrating the eighty-fifth anniversary of the Communist Party in Syria and Lebanon, the Palestinian singer and writer—Khaled El-Hibr sang these words: We are fine in Gaza How about you? We are fine under attack How about you? Our martyrs are under the rubbles Our children now living in the tents And they ask about you We are fine in Gaza How about you? …. The sea is behind us But we fight back The enemy is in front of us But we still fight ...

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On Uprisings and Interventions: An Interview with Vijay Prashad

[A destroyed aircraft from a NATO strike in the Tripoli International Airport. Image by Il Fatto Quotidiano/Flickr.]

Since the start of the events in the Arab World, termed as the so-called “Arab Spring,” Vijay Prashad has been writing about the different countries where people turned against their regimes across the region. He has done so by consistently contextualizing the events, while still providing thorough analyses of local dynamics and histories. In his book--Arab Spring, Libyan Winter-- Prashad discusses the case of Libya, its similarities and differences with other ...

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New Texts Out Now: Magid Shihade, Not Just a Soccer Game: Colonialism and Conflict Among Palestinians in Israel

[Cover of Magid Shihade,

Magid Shihade, Not Just a Soccer Game: Colonialism and Conflict Among Palestinians in Israel. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2011. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Magid Shihade (MS): One reason was personal. The book begins with a case study of a soccer game between two Palestinian villages: Kafr Yassif, with a dominantly Christian population, and Julis, which is a Druze village. The game ended with a fight between the fans of the two teams and resulted ...

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Magid Shihade


Magid Shihade is a faculty member at the Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies at Birzeit University, Birzeit, Palestine. His research interests are modernity, violence, identity, and the anthropology and politics of knowledge. In addition to several articles and book chapters, he is the author of recently published book, Not Just a Soccer Game: Colonialism and Conflict among Palestinians in Israel, by Syracuse University Press. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences, Resistance Studies Magazine, and Interface: A Journal about and for Social Movements.