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New Texts Out Now: Aline Schlaepfer, Les intellectuels juifs de Bagdad. Discours et allégeances (1908-1951)

Aline Schlaepfer, Les intellectuels juifs de Bagdad. Discours et allégeances (1908-1951). Collection Christians and Jews in Muslim Societies 3, Leiden : Brill, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Aline Schlaepfer (AS): While I was writing my dissertation, I was lucky enough to have my first small paper translated into Arabic and published online. In this paper I argued, alongside the already existing scholarship, that in the early 1940s a deep generational conflict occurred between young Iraqi Jews and their elders. Within the new generation, some became Communists, while others joined the Zionist movement. When I arrived in London a few months ...

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The Politics of the Public Sphere and Navigating State Interactions: The Case of al-Midan Theatre

The history of Israel and the country’s founding lends itself to a complicated understanding of the public sphere. In 1948, Zionist forces expelled upwards of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes; however, fifteen percent of the Palestinians who lived on the land that would subsequently become the State of Israel remained.[1] This segment of the Palestinian population, or ’48 Palestinians, were often forced into neighboring majority Arab villages or corralled into certain neighborhoods in “mixed cities” such as Haifa and Jaffa, which also brings into debate how truly “mixed” such cities are. In consequence, there are now several different public spheres within ...

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Visualizing Palestine: Justice Denied

For victims and survivors of the 2014 assault on Gaza, Israel’s own military courts are the only place to seek legal recourse. These courts do not offer a genuine avenue for justice to Palestinians.  Of the 500 Palestinian complaints which were filed with Israeli military courts in relation to the 2014 Gaza war, 196 were dismissed immediately, 133 were lost in the system, and only 31 were brought forward for criminal investigation. Three soldiers were eventually convicted for minor felonies such as credit card theft and looting. Military commanders and politicians—those most responsible for the massive destruction and loss of life—have never been held accountable ...

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New Texts Out Now: Toufic Haddad, Palestine Ltd.: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory

Toufic Haddad, Palestine Ltd.: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory.  London: I.B. Tauris and Center for Palestine Studies, London Middle East Institute, 2016.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Toufic Haddad (TH): I wrote this book because I wanted to research the profound transformations Western donor aid was having on Palestinian political and economic life across the 1967 Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) since the signing of the 1993 Oslo peace accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Western donors have been central actors in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but their role is too ...

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Visualizing Jerusalem: Anatomy of Inequality

Visualizing Palestine presents Anatomy of Inequality, our latest visual in a series exploring Israeli policies on Jerusalem. This original VP illustration, inspired by the commonly held sentiment that Jerusalem is at the heart of Palestine, makes visual reference to anatomical drawings of the heart. The image depicts the illegal annexation wall separating the city and its original inhabitants from each other, reinforcing a physical system of apartheid. West Jerusalem was ethnically cleansed of Palestinians in 1948. The rest of the city was annexed by Israel in 1967 along with most of its Palestinian inhabitants. Today, the Israeli controlled Jerusalem ...

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Visualizing Palestine: 50+ Years of Occupation

5 June 2017 marked 50 years of Israel’s occupation, a sobering milestone. The word "occupation" is typically used to describe Israel’s ongoing military rule over the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem since 1967, but the story of Israeli colonialism and occupation is much broader. In its short history, the state of Israel has not only occupied Palestinian land, but also the sovereign territory of three of its four neighboring countries. Today, Israel continues to occupy land in Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine. Download this poster on our website. [Click on image to download.] p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: ...

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Statement of Opposition to the "Israel Anti-Boycott Act" by the Middle East Studies Association of North America

[The following statement was issued by the Middle East Studies Association of North America on 27 July 2017 in response to the Congressional move to enact a "Israel Anti-Boycott Act" law.] The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) expresses its strong opposition to the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” (S. 720 and H.R. 1697), currently under consideration by Congress. If enacted into law this bill would impose criminal and civil punishment on individuals and businesses – and potentially other entities, including academic organizations – simply because they express a particular political belief, in this case advocacy of a boycott of Israel. It ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (July 30)

[Graffiti paintings on the wall by British graffiti artist Banksy. Image uploaded via Creative Commons]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page co-editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces Israeli Forces Have Carried Out Violent Raids On Hospitals As Tensions Escalate In East Jerusalem The raids on al-Makassed Hospital took place after recent violence in Jerusalem stemming from new “security measures” implemented at al-Aqsa mosque. Israeli forces harassed the hospital staff and even prevented doctors from providing medical ...

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A Few Thoughts on Leaving Academe

Next week, I will depart Beirut and return to the DC area. I’m grateful to the students and friends who made our time in Lebanon so rewarding. We’ll remember this period with great fondness. My son grew from a toddler into a little boy in Beirut. His first memories are registered at AUB. Despite applying to positions on four continents, I was unable to find an academic job, so I no longer count myself among the professoriate. A number of colleagues have attempted to recruit me, but their efforts always get shut down by management. In turn, I often feel like I’m reliving the UIUC fiasco, which isn’t conducive to the kind of mood I prefer to inhabit. I’m easygoing, but ...

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مَعرض الشِقَاق لبنجي بوياجيان

جانب من المعروضات. الصورة من أرشيف الكاتبة

مَعرض "الشِقَاق" لبنجي بوياجيان: زَخارِف تحتفي بالحرفةِ والأخطاء وبصمات تركها عابرون في تاريخِ المكان يقال بأن الأخطاء تُقترف عمدا في السجاد العجمي، لأن النسّاجين يؤمنون بأن "الكمال لله وحده"، وأن الأخطاء بمثابة شقوق تدخل منها الروح لحماية القطعة. كثيراً ما تأملت الأشكال والزخارف التي تزين السجاد باحثة عن أخطاء تؤكد لي إذا ما كانت القطعة يدوية صنعتها أياد بشرية، أم آلية الصنع مؤتمتة لا أخطاء فيها ولا تمتلك روحاً لحظة اكتشاف الأخطاء دائما تسرني وكأنني أجد كنزا مخبأً بين الزخارف الملونة. لذا أنظر مليا إلى البلاط المزخرف الذي رصف أرضية الغرفة ذات الواجهات الزجاجية الكبيرة التي جلسنا أنا وبنجي بوياجيان نتحدث فيها عن معرضه "الشِقَاق" ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mazen Masri, The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State

Mazen Masri, The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State. London: Bloomsbury Professional, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mazen Masri (MM): The question of the book–Israel’s definition as a Jewish and democratic state–is one that I have been preoccupied with since I took the constitutional law course in the first year of my law degree at the Hebrew University. I was struck by how this contradiction is explained away using liberal language. The arguments and the explanations presented a picture that did not match the lived experience of many people, myself included. My interest in this question became ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (June 18)

[Israeli Army and Border Police troops stop Palestinians from entering Al-Shuhada' St. during the demonstration during the twentieth anniversary of closing Al-Shuhada (Martyr's) St. in the old city of Hebron. Where it has been closed since 1994 after the Massacre of Hebron where twenty-nine Palestinian where killed by an Israeli man. Photo by Mustafa Bader and uploaded via Wikimedia Commons]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page co-editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces Israeli Authorities Have Allowed A Few Palestinians To Pray At Al-Aqsa Mosque This is the first time in months that Palestinians have been allowed into the holy site for prayers. Only one hundred Palestinians were permitted to worship at the mosque for the first Friday of Ramadan.  A Palestinian Teenager Has Died After Succumbing ...

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New Texts Out Now: Orit Bashkin, Impossible Exodus: Iraqi Jews in Israel

Orit Bashkin, Impossible Exodus: Iraqi Jews in Israel. Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and Cultures: Stanford University Press, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Orit Bashkin (OB): Impossible Exodus tells the story of 123,000 displaced Iraqi Jews who immigrated to Israel during the years 1949-1951. I wanted to challenge the notion that Israel served as a melting pot for Jewish communities and to illustrate instead how the adoption of Israeli ...

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Israel’s Big Business of War

The Arab revolutions of 2011 turned violent conflicts have renewed scholarly interest in exploring the role political economy may have played in their causes, dynamics, and consequences. Of great significance within those broad lines of inquiry is the phenomenon of “war economy,” and its multiple manifestations, as a dominant system within ongoing wars, as well as possibly shaping the context of post-conflict reconstruction. There is less attention, however, to the idea that a “war economy” may be a ...

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Visualizing Palestine: #NoAccountability

In July 2014, Israel began a military assault on the Gaza Strip, including an indiscriminate bombing campaign and a brutal ground invasion. In total, the assault killed 1,545 Palestinian civilians, including 556 children, and made 11,166 families homeless. Three years on, no justice has been attained for victims and survivors of the attack. While five hundred Palestinian complaints were filed with Israeli military courts over the 2014 Gaza war, only three soldiers were convicted as of August 2016, for ...

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Visualizing Palestine: Residency Revocation

Since 1967, Israel has revoked the residency status of more than 14,500 Palestinians from Jerusalem. Revocation of residency leads to forcible transfer, a war crime under the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court and a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention.  After Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem, Israel created the status of permanent resident for Palestinians living in the city, making entry into and residency in Jerusalem a revocable privilege instead of an inherent ...

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The Fattoush Book Exhibition in Haifa

The Fattoush Book Exhibition, which ran from April 3-8, was more than a simple book fair where city residents and visitors could come to buy the latest Arabic language publications. Organizers of the festival turned it into a space of collaboration between publishing companies across the Arab world, from Dar al-Ahlia in Oman to Dar al-Jamal of Beirut. Gathering publications from these various publishing houses, Fattoush brought over 1,000 Arabic texts to Haifa, many of which have never been available ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (August 6)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page co-editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces Israeli Forces Recently Raided A Palestinian Media Office In Ramallah The raids were said to have been conducted after the media outlet was accused of “manufacturing and ...

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Critical Readings in Political Economy: 1967

Guy Laron, The Six-Day War (Yale University Press, 2017). Amidst the forest-felling libraries of literature on the question of Palestine, Israel’s 1967 war of aggression is perhaps responsible for the largest clear-cuts. So much is manufactured. Yet so little is useful or new. Part of the problem is the massive industry – literally – whose product is perpetual dispute over the most basic facts. Colonial expansion generates resistance. Both processes require intellectual support. For that reason, ...

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Making Sense of Jerusalem, Gaza, and Anti-BDS Legislation in the United States

The past two weeks have been filled with a flurry of news and developments concerning Palestine that have appeared in piecemeal fashion. As per usual, mainstream international and US media have portrayed events in Jerusalem and Gaza, as well as legislation in the United States, as isolated incidents lacking context. The protagonists in these stories are Israelis with Palestinian shadows. The failure to document the structural violence afflicting Palestinian lives portrays these events as ruptures rather ...

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الاستقطاب عند حماس: بين المدرسة والمسجد

 مع توقيع اتفاق القاهرة "اتفاق غزة أريحا" في أيار/ مايو 1994، بين قوة الاحتلال الإسرائيلي ومنظمة التحرير الفلسطينية، وبدء عودة السلطة الفلسطينية إلى قطاع غزة المحتل بعد أسابيع من الاتفاق، بدأ حزب السلطة "حركة فتح " بفرض نفوذه على معظم الحيز العام الفلسطيني. وكان الهم الأول للقيادة الفلسطينية "الجديدة" بزعامة الراحل ياسر عرفات هو إعادة إنشاء وتشكيل الحقل السياسي الفلسطيني والهيمنة عليه، بعد تراجع تأثير قيادة المنظمة في الشارع الفلسطيني لصالح حركة المقاومة الإسلامية ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (June 25)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page co-editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces Palestinians Are Being Subjected To "Collective Punishment" In Jerusalem After An Attack In The Old City Israeli authorities are continuing to enforce strict measures ...

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Full Circles: Hamas Goes to Cairo

During the past week, a Hamas delegation paid an official visit to Egypt, which these days is news in and of itself. During its time in Cairo, the delegation also met with former Fatah warlord Muhammad Dahlan, which is even bigger news. The Hamas delegation was led by Yahya Sinwar. A leader of Hamas’s Martyr Izz-al-Din Qassam Brigades – who served more than twenty years in Israel’s prisons until released in a 2011 exchange – Sinwar was recently elected to lead the movement in the occupied Gaza Strip, ...

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Fifty Years of Occupation: A Forum

This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which culminated in the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights, among other transformations of regional politics. The post-1967 occupation and its consequences continue to structure the mainstream conversation about resolving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, and those between Israel and other Arab states, even as scholarship increasingly poses the occupation ...

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