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Zachary Foster

Qalandia: The Potential to Transform Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance

[Demonstration in support of the Palestinian UN bid, Qalandia checkpoint. Image from Activestills.]

In the past year or so, the infamous Qalandia checkpoint located on the road between Jerusalem and Ramallah—indeed, separating ‘Jerusalem’ from ‘Ramallah’—has become a focal point of protest. I believe this has tremendous transformative potential to create the critical mass of nonviolent resistance necessary to end Israel’s occupation.  In the event of a truly mass protest movement in Israel/Palestine—the kind we have seen in Tunisia, Syria and Egypt—Palestinians will ...

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Zachary J. Foster is a PhD student in Near East Studies at Princeton University. His research pertains to borderlands in the Late Ottoman Levant (especially Palestine), World War I in Greater Syria, as well as the historiography and literary cultures in the Mandatory Levant (especially Palestine). He is also the author of a blog on East Jerusalem and is a frequent contributor to and Zach speaks Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, and Italian.