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Musa Budeiri

Always with the Oppressed: A Farewell to Akiva Orr 1931-2013, Humanist, Radical, Heretic

[Akiva Orr (center) as a seaman in the 1950s. Courtesy of Akiva Orr Archive]

In February 2013 I participated with a small group of Israelis and Arabs in bidding farewell to Akiva Orr. I could not help recalling our first meeting nearly forty five-years earlier and my mind went back to the genealogy of individuals and events stretched across geography and time that had originally led me to his door in London, soon after my return from my first visit to Israel...and to Palestine. Though many of them never knew each other directly, in my mind, the ...

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Reflections on a Silenced History: The PCP and Internationalism

[A view of the West Bank in 1940. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

When I embarked on my research in 1970, in my mind I was engaged in a political project of attempting to rescue and reconstruct a slice of history in Palestine in the years following the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. The very existence of a communist movement in Palestine, uniting within its ranks Arab and Jewish members, pointed to a possible future at variance with both nationalism and capitalism. In its short existence, the Palestine Communist Party (PCP) succeeded in ...

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Musa Budeiri

Musa Budeiri teaches politics in the Program in Democracy and Human Rights in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Birzeit University. He is a “temporary permanent resident” of Israeli-ruled Jerusalem.