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Zeina Azzam

The Situation in Gaza: An Interview with Brian Barber

[Gaza Boys: Image taken by Brian Barber.]

Brian K. Barber, PhD, is a New America Fellow in Washington, DC, a Professor of Child and Family Studies, and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict at the University of Tennessee. His primary field of research has been Palestine, and he has based his work on long residencies and visits with families in and near refugee camps in the Gaza Strip since the early 1990s. Zeina Azzam, Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund and Palestine ...

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The Palestinians in Lebanon: Remembering the Sabra-Shatila Massacre

[Shatila art from the perimeter of the commemoration area. Image from the author.]

What can we say to their families who left with Arafat, trusting in the promises of Reagan, Mitterrand, and Perini, who had assured them that the civilian population of the camps would be safe? How can we explain that we allowed children, old people and women to be massacred, and that we are abandoning their bodies without prayers? How can we tell them that we don't know where they are buried? —Jean Genet, “Four Hours in Chatila.”[1] Fawziyyeh[2] clutched an unframed, ...

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Zeina Azzam is Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center in Washington, DC. Previously she served as Director of Educational Outreach at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. Her articles and poems have appeared in Huffington Post, Jadaliyya, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera America, Mondoweiss, Electronic Intifada, Mizna, Calliope, Sukoon Magazine, Split This Rock, and Social Education. Zeina’s academic background includes an M.A. in Arabic literature from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Sociology from George Mason University.