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Sympathy for the Devil: Palestine’s Tragic Collaborators

[Film still from Hany Abu-Assad's Omar (2013). Image copyright the filmmaker. Courtesy of Film Press Plus.]

Omar, directed by Hany Abu-Assad. Palestine, 2013. Omar, the most recent film by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad (of Paradise Now fame), opens with a traversing of obstacles—a prefatory homage to the resilient Palestinian spirit. Exuding youthful vigor, the titular character scales the portion of the separation wall isolating his West Bank neighborhood from that of his childhood friends, his resistance brigade, and his love interest. Omar fearlessly scurries along the edges of buildings and leaps across rooftops, exercising what has, by now, become his routine refusal to accept the limits on life, work, and love imposed by the Israeli occupation. We watch him ...

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مملكة السيمولاكروم: الإسرائيلي الافتراضي والفلسطيني المختفي

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كانت المكاشفة الأخيرة بين الإسرائيلي والفلسطيني والتي بدأت في شعفاط وانتهت في مذبحة غزة، مختلفة هذه المرة، وقد جاء اختلافها بالأساس من كونها قشرت طبقات كانت مختبئة حول الوجودين الحضاري والأخلاقي لكل طرف في فلسطين التاريخية ومبرراتهما والسؤال التفاضلي بينهما. فوسط جنون جماعي إسرائيلي وذهول فلسطيني أشبه بالتطبيع مع القدر تغير تداخل دور الجلاد والمحتل النقي والطاهر بدور الضحية الخالصة والنبيلة، تداخلت الأمور للغاية وقد يكون السبب الرئيس لهذا التداخل هو السؤال الكبير الذي طرح؟ هل استنفذت شروط وجود الإسرائيلي جدواها عبر إدارة الفلسطيني ظهره واختفاءه من فضاء الرصد الأخلاقي الذي يصادق على وجوده كأب محرر (محرر للمثليين مثلا أو للنساء المرشحات للقتل في مجتمعاتهن). في إحدى نهايات ...

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Samih al-Qasim: I Will Engrave Our Names on the Wind

[Samih al-Qasim and Mahmoud Darwish, Image from Qadita.net]

[While well-known as a poet, the late Samih al-Qasim was also a talented essayist, writing regularly in the Arabic-language press of Palestine/Israel. He was also a remarkable public speaker and letter writer. Over a period of two years—from May 1986 to May 1988—al-Qasim exchanged a series of extraordinary letters with Mahmoud Darwish. The letters are monuments to poetry and language and also friendship and love and, not surprisingly considering the authors, contain some of the most moving discussions of home and exile in the Arabic language. Published as a series of "packets," the collection of letters instantly became a classic of modern Arabic ...

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On SJP’s Freedom to Organize: An Open Letter from CUNY Faculty

[Students for Justice in Palestine logo.]

[The following letter, signed by faculty from sixteen colleges of the City University of New York (CUNY), was released on 1 September 2014. For more information, or to sign on as a CUNY faculty signatory or an affiliate supporter, click here.] As members of the CUNY faculty, we are writing this open letter to administrators throughout the CUNY system regarding principles of freedom of speech and assembly, and how such freedoms apply to students involved in organizing with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at several of the CUNY colleges. We have viewed with great concern instances of unequal and unfair treatment of SJP by members of the CUNY administration over ...

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نفس الكتاب".. جرحٌ تعجز الكتابة عن لَأْمِه"

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المراسلات دوائر لا تكتمل بغير العداوة أو الموت، تُشبه حركتها خفقان القلب ومداعبة اليد لكلب الزّمن، يجري لاهثا خلف حلول الطّريق، دون أنْ يجد الماء في البئر. هكذا يؤوب الجنس الرّسائليّ دوماً إلى صيغة من صيغ العطش: الرّسالة الأولى، ثمّ ماذا؟ الرّسالة الأخيرة، ما الحلّ؟ أيّا يكن الحلّ المفترض، فإنّ كلّا من عبد الكبير الخطيبي (1938-2009) وجاك حسّون (1936-1999)، على مدار خمس سنوات، بين 29 يوليوز/يوليو 1980 و17 مارس/آذار 1985، لم يكُفّا عن تبادل رسائل متقاطعة بلغت 45 رسالة، عبَرت مكاتب البريد في باريس والرّباط ونيويورك وطنجة والإسكندريّة والهرهورة...، وساءلت بصرامة معرفيّة، ودُعابة أدبيّة ونوستالجيّة أحياناً، رموز الكتابة الدينية في التّراثين العبريّ والإسلاميّ، وعلامات النّزاع ...

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Support for Steven Salaita and the UIUC Boycott Continues to Grow

[Steven Salaita.]

On Friday, 22 August, officials at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) broke their silence regarding the firing of Steven Salaita (for more background on the case, see here). In a mass email to the university community, UIUC Chancellor Phyllis Wise claimed that Salaita’s firing “was not influenced in any way by his positions on the conflict in the Middle East nor his criticism of Israel.” Instead, the implication seemed to be that the case revolved around the question of “civility,” with the suggestion that somehow Salaita’s statements would affect his capacity as a teacher (in spite of published reports attesting to the excellence of Salaita’s previous ...

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لا أسئلة شائكة في بيت غسّان كنفاني: آني وليلى في نضال الماضي والحاضر

[آني تتوسط ليلى (اليسار) وفايز وابنته (إلى اليمين) في 8 تموز العام 1997، خلال حفل وضع حجر الأساس لمركز

يدخل المرء إلى منزل عائلة غسّان كنفاني في ساقية الجنزير في بيروت، شاعراً بالهيبة. ففي هذا البيت التي تسكنه الزوجة آني والإبنة ليلى، لم يتحوّل النضال إلى ذكريات. هنا، التتمة تسبق الذكرى. السياسة لم تتوقف عند زمن الفدائيين الأوائل، وإنما استمرت في الطباعة والنشر، في التعليم والتربية، وفي المقاطعة والعيش. هنا، لا يتهيّب الحديث أمام توازنات الحاضر والأسئلة الشائكة، من شروط التطبيع إلى يد الثقافة في السياسة، ومن جواز السفر الأجنبي إلى المخيّم. وعند الخروج من بيت كنفاني المتوسط الحال، المليء بالـــلوحات الآســــرة والتفاصيل الدافئة، لا مفر من فكرةٍ تخطر على البال: بينما نكبر نحن، يبقى هو متيناً في شبابه. مَن عرفوا اســــمه أطـــــفالاً كأديبٍ شهيد، باتوا اليــوم أكبر منـــه ...

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Statement from Free Speech and Constitutional Law Scholars in Support of Steven Salaita

[Steven Salaita.]

August 15, 2014 Dr. Phyllis M. Wise Chancellor University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Swanlund Administration Building 601 John Street Champaign, IL 61820 Dear Dr. Wise: As scholars of free speech and constitutional law, we write to express alarm at your decision to revoke a tenured offer of appointment to Professor Steven Salaita to join the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on account of his statements on social media criticizing Israel’s conduct of military operations in Gaza. In our view, the decision to withdraw an appointment to a prospective faculty member because of his statements on a matter of public ...

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إسرائيل تجزّ العشب

[منزل فلسطيني بعد القصف الإسرائيلي. صورة لمحمد الصباح]

تشرح هذه المقالة الأوضاع والأحداث التي سبقت (وأدّت) إلى العدوان الإسرائيلي الحالي على غزّة، من مأزق حماس حتى المصالحة واستغلال الحكومة الصهيونية لاختطاف المستوطنين الثلاثة. يُلاحظ أن معين ربّاني يقول في آخر المقال إن «هيومن رايتس ووتش» انتقدت كلا الطرفين و لم تتّهم إلّا الجانب الفلسطيني بارتكاب جرائم حرب. قمتُ بقراءة بيانين أصدرتهما المنظمّة قبل نشر المقالة (أي قبل ١٨ تموز\يوليو) والبيان الذي أصدرته بتاريخ ٢٢ تموز\يوليو ولم أجِد اتّهاماً صريحاً للمقاومة بارتكاب هذا النوع من الجرائم، بل أن المنظمة أشارت (ولم تتّهم صراحةً حسب قراءتي) إلى أن إسرائيل قد ارتكبت جرائم حرب. أترك للقرّاء هذه البيانات الثلاثة فقد أكون مخطئاً في بحثي: Israel/Palestine: Unlawful Israeli ...

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FAQ: Analyst Mouin Rabbani on the Gaza Crisis

[Image via Institute for Middle East Understanding]

FAQ Q: On Saturday, under intense international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a press conference to say that the Israeli military would "regroup," while continuing its operations in Gaza. Following the announcement, Israel began to withdraw at least some of its forces from inside Gaza. Why is Netanyahu halting the ground invasion now, even though one of his main stated objectives for the operation, stopping rocket fire, has not been accomplished? MR: “Even though Israel has announced relatively modest military objectives with respect to its current assault on the Gaza Strip (decommissioning ...

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Open Letter Gaza – Dutch Academic and Affiliates

[© AP. Palestinians mourn the death of a family]

 August 2014 We, Professors, teachers and staff of Dutch Universities, reply to the call of our academic colleagues in Gaza and condemn in the strongest terms the excessive and brutal violence of ‘operation protective edge’ and Israel’s structural oppression of the population in Gaza. Since the beginning of Israel’s military operation, 1814 people were killed of which at least 1312 were civilians, 214 women and 408 children. 8265 people are wounded, 457.000 internally displaced and the entire 1.8 million population of Gaza has restricted or no access to health care, clean water and sanitary facilities. Israeli bombing and accompanied ground offensive damaged or ...

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Another Professor Punished for Anti-Israel Views

[Cover of Steven Salaita's book

Until two weeks ago, Steven Salaita was heading to a job at the University of Illinois as a professor of American Indian Studies. He had already resigned from his position at Virginia Tech; everything seemed sewn up. Now the chancellor of the University of Illinois has overturned Salaita’s appointment and rescinded the offer. Because of Israel. The sources familiar with the university’s decision say that concern grew over the tone of his comments on Twitter about Israel’s policies in Gaza…. For instance, there is this tweet: “At this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised? ...

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Algeria’s Jewish Past-Present

Given other dramatic events this summer, readers might be forgiven for failing to notice a curious announcement the Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs, Mohamed Aïssa, issued on 3 July. The statement advertised that the ministry was to reopen twenty-five of the synagogues that still remain in the country. This announcement is of far more than local concern, teaching us a great deal about the complex way in which the Middle Eastern Jewish past is put to use in the interest of contemporary ...

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Archives and Collections in Israel/Palestine: An Interview with Zachary J. Foster

[NOTE: This Ottoman History Podcast episode was first aired in June 2011. We are featuring it here with a new introduction by Zachary J. Foster.] The sources and collections for the study of the Ottoman period located in Israel/Palestine are extremely rich. This introduction (and podcast) is less a survey of available libraries and archives (which has been itemized categorically here, here, and here). Instead, I would like to highlight some interesting sources I myself have found, and encourage other ...

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Samih al-Qasim: The Last Train

[The late Palestinian poet, Samih al-Qasim, was also a talented essayist, writing regularly in the Arabic-language press of Palestine/Israel. He was also a compelling orator and correspondent. The collection of his letters with Mahmoud Darwish is a uniquely great accomplishment of modern epistolary literature. Al-Qasim's correspondence with Rashid Hussein is slim by comparison, yet this 1990 "letter"—addressed on the thirteenth anniversary of Hussein's tragic death—stands out.] Rashid, my ...

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Open Letter on Gaza and BDS from the Middle East Caucus of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies

[The following statement was issued by the Middle East Caucus of the Society for Cineman and Media Studies on 11 August 2014.] As scholars, artists and community organizers, and as members of the Middle East Caucus(MEC) of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), we are deeply disturbed by the indiscriminate and disproportionate violence that has been waged these past weeks by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) against the civilian population of Gaza. This is a population which has ...

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الخطر السياسي القادم ما بعد العدوان على غزة

توجد أربعة أسباب على الأقل تشكل حوافز للحكومة الإسرائيلية للسعي إلى العودة إلى مسار سياسي بعد العدوان على غزة، حتى لو قبلت بعض الشروط التي رفضتها سابقاً، مثل تجميد غير معلن للاستيطان، أو عدم الإعلان عن عطاءات جديدة للبناء في المستوطنات، إن قبل الجانب الفلسطيني بذلك.  وتوجد دلائل واضحة الآن حتى قبل أن تسكت المدافع، أن الجانب الفلسطيني يرغب في ذلك، بل هو يدعو إلى إنهاء الاحتلال كمرحلة تلي المرحلة الراهنة ومكملة لها، كما صرح أكثر من مسؤول فلسطيني خلال الأسابيع الماضية، بمن في ذلك الرئيس أبو مازن نفسه ...

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جامعة أميركية توقف تعيين بروفيسور أصوله فلسطينية لانتقاده إسرائيل

انتقلت عدوى النقاشات الحادة التي تشهدها وسائل الإعلام الأميركية ووسائل التواصل الاجتماعي حول الحرب الإسرائيلية على غزة، إلى أروقة الجامعات الأميركية، مع إعلان إدارة جامعة ألينوي توقيف تعيين البروفيسور الأميركي من أصول فلسطينية، ستيفن سلايطة، في قسم الدراسات الأميركية للسكان الأصليين (الهنود الحمر). وكانت الجامعة أعلنت تعيين سلايطة قبل نحو شهر ونصف، وقام هو بناءً على ذلك، بتقديم استقالته من الجامعة التي كان يعمل بها، وهي جامعة فرجينيا تيك. لكن المفاجأة كانت عندما قررت إدارة جامعة ألينوي وقف التعيين، ...

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Persian Translation of Maya Mikdashi's 'Can Palestinian Men be Victims'

آیا مردان فلسطینی می‌توانند قربانی باشند؟ خوانش جنسیتیِ جنگ اسرائیل علیه غزه هر صبح چشمانمان را بر لیست به‌روز شده‌ی قصابی می‌گشاییم: ١٠٠، ٢٠٠، ٤٠٠، ٦٠٠ فلسطینی کشته شده توسط دستگاه جنگ اسرائیل. این اعداد جزییات ناخوشایند بسیاری را می‌پوشانند؛ اکثریت مردم غزه یعنی یکی از پرجمعیت‌ترین و فقیرشده‌ترین مکان‌های جهان، پناهندگانی مهاجر ازسرزمین‌هایی‌اند که به لحاظ تاریخی به فلسطین تعلق دارند. غزه تحت محاصره‌ای قساوت‌بار است و هیچ جای آن از یورش ...

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New Texts Out Now: Paul Kelemen, The British Left and Zionism: History of a Divorce

Paul Kelemen, The British Left and Zionism: History of a Divorce. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Paul Kelemen (PK): I am of the generation, coming to adulthood in the late 1960s, which was deeply influenced by the Vietnamese struggle and by national liberation movements in Africa. Yet most of us knew next to nothing of what the clashes between Israel and Palestinian guerrilla fighters along its borders represented. The 1967 war and ...

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1,200 Spanish University Professors and Researchers Demand to Break Academic Relationships with Israel

[This statement was first published here on 6 August 2014.] More than one thousand professionals have signed a manifesto, released by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) academic campaign for Palestine, demanding to end all institutional relations with the Israeli academic world, until it stops supporting occupation and apartheid in Palestine. The campaign, which started two years ago, asks for support from professionals from the academic and scientific field, and also from ...

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U.S. Should Stop Funding Israel, or Let Others Broker Peace

As Israel’s primary patron of economic, military and diplomatic support, the United States has a duty and the capacity to help resolve the Palestinian-Israel conflict. It should either comply with its domestic laws and cease military aid to Israel or simply step aside and allow international mechanisms to function without obstruction. Ending aid will either restrain Israel and facilitate a political resolution or encourage a backlash that induces the global community to intervene. Between 1949 ...

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Zebda: One Life Less (Une vie de moins)

 One Life Less  On his blog Geographical Imaginations, Derek Gregory wrote a feature of Jean-Pierre Filiu's book Gaza: A History (recently translated from French), showcasing also one song Filiu authored, entitled "Une vie de moins/One life less." Music is by Zebda (with English subtitles).

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New Texts Out Now: Palestine, Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Primer (Revised and Updated Edition)

Middle East Research and Information Project, Palestine, Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Primer (Revised and Updated Edition, February 2014). Jadaliyya (J): What made you comprehensively revise and update this primer for 2014? Joel Beinin and Lisa Hajjar (JB and LH): The last time we updated the primer was 2001. A lot has happened in Israel/Palestine since then, although we are not any closer to a resolution of the conflict. J: What particular topics, issues, and literatures does it ...

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