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Netanyahu at the UN: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Interview by Al-Jazeera America

On 1 October 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu addressed the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly. His speech came one day after Palestine President’s Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the Assembly where he indicated that a lack of adherence to the Oslo Accords would render them null and would revert the Occupied Territories to complete Israeli control. In his address, Netanyahu dedicated most of his time to decrying the Iran Deal and highlighting the threat Iran poses to Israel and the rest of the world relying on Islamphobic tropes, such as sleeper cells in the United States. Netanyahu attributed the demise of the peace process to the lack of ...

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Fifth Annual DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival Runs October 1-4, 2015

The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DCPFAF) is pleased to announce the full program for the fifth annual festival, which will take place between 1-4 October 2015. The festival will feature ten films, discussions with filmmakers from as far as Chile and Palestine, a musical program featuring a seven-piece ensemble, a talk by a photojournalist from Gaza, and a literature program featuring authors Suad Amiry and Ibtisam Azem who will introduce Arabic to the festival for the first time. The fifth DCPFAF will open with the DC-premiere of The Wanted 18 with co-director Amer Shomali and a reception at E Street Cinema (555 11th St NW) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday 1 October ...

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بيان يستعرض تضامن السود حول العالم مع الفلسطينيين 2015

[في الصورة تارا تير من سانت لويس. تصوير كريستوفر هازو. الصورة التقطت أثناء زيارة مجموعة من الأمريكان من أصول أقريقية إلى فلسطين المحتلةف

بيان يستعرض تضامن السود مع الفلسطينيين -  2015 شهدت السنة الماضية تزايداً واضحاً في التضامن المتبادل بين الفلسطينيين والأمريكان السود، نتيجة الهجمات المباشرة والمتمثلة في الهجمات التي استهدفت الأمريكيين السود والهجوم الإسرائيلي على قطاع غزة و كذلك القيود الإسرائيلية التي تضيق الخناق على سكان الضفة الغربية. نتج عن كل هذا تقوية الترابط والنضال المشترك  بشكل خاص ما بين الحركات التحررية في فلسطين والولايات المتحدة الأمريكية. فقد كان الفلسطينيون النشطاء على موقع تويتر هم أول من قدم الدعم للمتظاهرين (السود) في فيرغسون، بينما قدم الفلسطينيون المقيمون في سانت لويس الدعم المباشر للمتظاهرين. وفي تشرين الثاني من العام الماضي، قام وفد من الطلاب الفلسطينيين ...

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Is the U.S. Left Truly Anti-Zionist?: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Ilan Pappe

In this interview with Ilan Pappe, Khalil Bendib asks Pappe about his new book On Palestine, co-authored with Noam Chomsky. Pappe discusses issues debated in the book, spanning from the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and the one-state solution to a paradigm shift and discussion of old and new Left perspectives.  Ilan Pappe is chair of the Department of History at the University of Exeter and author of many books on Palestine-Israel, including The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. The interview below includes three parts that you can click on separately. Please find the transcript of the interview below the player. 

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Israel: Where do the Mizrahim Fit In? (Part 2)

Ayman 'Odeh and Aryeh Der'i in the Knesset 2015

See part one of this piece here. In the first part of the article, I discussed the consolidation of a new Israel-based Mizrahi identity by the 1970s and the rise of radical protest associated above all with Black Panthers movement. Much of dissatisfaction with state policy and social marginalization, however, was channeled into support for the resurgent Right wing Likud, which won elections under Menahem Begin’s leadership in 1977 and 1981. The main reason for the shift to the Right was the rejection of the Labor Party, which was translated into hostility towards policies and discourses associated with the liberal Ashkenazi elites that retained condescending ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani Interview by France24 on Gaza Disengagement and Its Aftermath

In this interview with France 24 television, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani explores the background and impact of Israel's 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip. Rabbani notes that Israel's motivations for disengagement were to deepen the fragmentation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and further isolate the Gaza Strip, while continuing its policies of colonial expansion in the West Bank. The interview view was conducted on 15 August 2015.   Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on France 24 re Gaza Disengagement from Jadaliyya on Vimeo.

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The Settling of the United States from the Perspective of its Victims

[Cover of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz,

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Boston: Beacon Press, 2014. The Acoma poet Simon Ortiz writes in From Sand Creek that “the future will not be mad with loss and waste though the memory will.” People will not forget their past, but that should not stand in the way of change. Ortiz adds, “Be there: eyes will become kind and deep, and the bones of this nation will mend after the revolution.” Ortiz’s words are an invitation—an appeal for a shared struggle. They are the coda to the historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s superb new book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. With such words, she reveals much of ...

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المشهد الاقتصادي في حيفا قبل سقوطها

[مصدر الصورة أرشيف الباحث الفلسطيني جوني منصور]

منذ حوالى منتصف القرن التاسع عشر بدأت فلسطين تشهد، كبقية بلدان حوض البحر المتوسط الشرقي، تحولاً اقتصادياً كبيراً. فقد ازدادت العلاقات التجارية مع بلدان أوربا الغربية، التي ساهم فيها استخدام البخار لتسيير السفن مما جعل التجارة عن طريق البحر أسرع وأقل تكلفة. وساهم تطبيق النظم الإدارية العثمانية الجديدة، التنظيمات، في زيادة الأمن والنظام مما ساعد على تأمين التجارة. أحدث كل هذا أثراً بعيد المدى على السواحل الشرقية لحوض البحر المتوسط وأخذت المدن الساحلية في النمو والازدهار بشكل كبير. مع أن هذا التحول الاقتصادي كان عاملاً مركزياً في تطوّر حيفا الجديدة، إلا أن نموها وتطورها سارا ببطء شديد، مقارنة بتطور يافا وبيروت. ولم تدخل هذه المدينة طور النمو السريع إلا في أوائل القرن ...

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Snapshot: Palestinian Olive Trees

[Olive tree, Burqin, north Palestine, 2 July 2015. Photo by Bryony Dunne.]

Text by Elle Kurancid, photos by Bryony Dunne. Olive tree felling is a longtime strategy of Israel’s occupation regime in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Since 1967, an estimated 800,000 Palestinian olive trees have been destroyed by Israeli authorities and settlers. In February 2015, Irish-born filmmaker and photographer Bryony Dunne traveled across the West Bank and encountered evidentiary support for such activity (in tree stumps and civilian stories). Over the course of one week, she moved through Israeli checkpoints, and around Israeli settlements and military bases, while heading north to the Palestinian city of Jenin, staying with five Palestinian families along ...

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Quick Thoughts: John Reynolds on Recent Amendments to the Israeli Penal Code

[The Israeli Knesset in session.]

[On 20 July 2015 Israel’s parliament adopted legislation pursuant to which individuals convicted of throwing stones at moving vehicles can be sentence for up to twenty years in prison. To be applied to Israel’s Palestinian citizens and the population of East Jerusalem, it imports military decrees that are already applied by Israel in the occupied territories against Palestinian residents but not Jewish settlers. Jadaliyya asked John Reynolds, lecturer in international law at the National University of Ireland, to explain the context and significance of this legislative initiative] Jadaliyya (J): Please explain the recent changes in the Israeli penal code relating to the ...

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خلافـــــة الرئيـــس


كلمّا تقدّم الزمن تُطرح مسألة خلافة الرئيس محمود عباس بقوة أكبر، لأن الرئيس تجاوز الثمانين من عمره وانتهت الفترة القانونية لولايته منذ حوالي سبع سنوات من دون إجراء الانتخابات التي لا يعرف أحد متى ستعقد وكيف، مع تأكيد الرئيس المستمر بأنه لن يترشح لولاية ثانية، ما يعني أن معركة التنافس على الخلافة قد بدأت – وإن من وراء الكواليس - منذ فترة طويلة، وهي التي يمكن أن تفسر الكثير مما يحدث من قرارات وإقصاءات. كما أنّ الأطراف المقررة (فتح وحماس) ليستا ناضجتين ولا جاهزتين، ولا تريدان إجراء الانتخابات بالرغم من تأكيدهما المستمر على إجرائها. ما يعطي أهمية استثنائية لمسألة خلافة الرئيس: أولًا: استمرار وتفاقم الانقسام الفلسطيني وما أدى إليه من تعطيل المجلس التشريعي وعدم الاتفاق على ...

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Has Amnesty International Lost Its Way? A Forensic Analysis of Amnesty’s Reports on Operation Protective Edge (Part 1)

[Amnesty International Logo.]

Amnesty International is among the premier human rights organizations in the world.  Its pronouncements shape public opinion, while councils of state feel obliged if not to heed them at any rate to respond.  A movement for justice aspiring to reach a broad public and inflect state policy can ill afford to ignore Amnesty if and when it goes astray.  It is the contention of this monograph that Amnesty has indeed lost its way, and it is the intention of this monograph to document this proposition, in the hope that Amnesty will perform—or its grassroots membership will compel it to perform—a midcourse correction. In recent years, Amnesty International has ...

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What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Political Economy?

Mandy Turner and Omar Shweiki, editors, Decolonizing Palestinian Political Economy: De-Development and Beyond. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Anyone who visited Ramallah in 2013 would have heard a lot of talk about seatbelts. Everyone there—everyone—was talking about them, and how consistent and prevalent they had become after just a little bit of police enforcement. In 2010 it was the multi-space parking meters the Ramallah municipality had recently installed. Both events and practices were commonly ...

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In Jerusalem, “Religious War” Claims Cloak Old-Fashioned Colonialism

al-shabaka policy brief Overview  The escalating clashes between Israeli settlers and Jerusalemite Palestinians are the harbingers of a major eruption with incalculable consequences. Immediately billed as a “religious war” by the media and Israeli right wingers, they are in fact the outcome of longstanding Israeli plans to Judaize the city and empty it of its Palestinian inhabitants. Al-Shabaka Policy Member Nur Arafeh analyzes the major changes that Israel has illegally imposed on Jerusalem and ...

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إدوارد سعيد: الإنسانويّة، السورُ الأخير في وجه البربرية

كتبتُ، قبل تسعة أعوام، تذييلاً لـ الاستشراق: ركّزت فيه لا على السجالات العديدة التي أثارها الكتاب منذ صدوره عام 1978 فقط، بل أيضًا على حقيقة أن دراستي لتصورات «الشرق» تعرضت باضطراد لتفسيرات خاطئة. وما يدلّ على تقدمي في العمر أن ردة فعلي عليها بدت أقرب للسخرية منها للغضب. لقد تقبّلت بأسى وفاة اثنين من مرشديَّ ثقافيّاً وسياسيّاً وشخصيّاً هما: إقبال أحمد وإبراهيم أبو لغد، لكنني ازددت تصميمًا على المضيّ قُدماً. تصف سيرتي الذاتية( خارج المكان) العوالمَ الغريبة والمتناقضة التي ترعرعتُ فيها، وتعطي فكرةً عن ...

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قدّروا شجاعة الرجل

بالرغم من ساعات المديح والاحتفاء الكثيرة التي أُغدقتْ على صديقنا العزيز ورفيقنا إقبال أحمد، والتي يستحقها، هناك الكثير الذي يمكن أن يُقال عنه أيضاً. وأشعر بالإطراء لأنني أستطيع، على الأقل، أن أقول المزيد. إن ما لفت نظري أكثر من غيره هو أن إقبال تخطّى واجتاز حدوداً أكثر من معظم الناس، إلا أنه حافظ على جوهره في جميع الأمكنة والمواقف والسياقات الجديدة. وليس سبب ذلك الهوية الإثنية أو الدينية مطلقاً، ولا يتعلق كثيراً بالصلابة المألوفة التي يتميّز بها المواطنون الأقوياء. ذلك أنّ جمع إقبال الخاص بين التألق ...

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Israel: Where do the Mizrahim fit in? (Part 1)

Many people are unaware that the majority of the Israeli population belongs to one of the two groups that cut across the conventional divide between settlers and natives. These are Palestinian citizens, comprising twenty percent of the population, and Mizrahim, Jews whose origins go back a generation or two to the Middle East and North Africa, and who comprise approximately forty to forty-five percent of the population. Jointly they outnumber Ashkenazim, Jews with origins in Eastern and Central Europe, ...

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Has Amnesty International Lost Its Way? A Forensic Analysis of Amnesty’s Reports on Operation Protective Edge (Part 3)

Hamas War Crimes and Violations of International Law The allegation that not just Israel but Hamas as well committed massive war crimes underpins Amnesty’s “balanced” indictment of both sides.  Amnesty’s accusations that Hamas was guilty of  “flagrant violations of international law”—that is, war crimes—fall under two heads: (1) its use of inherently indiscriminate weapons, and (2) its indiscriminate or deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians and civilian objects.  In addition, ...

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Another Palestinian Uprising?

Predictions of a new Palestinian intifada in the Occupied Territories tend to accompany every breakdown in the diplomatic process, announcement of a new colonial expansion project, and Israeli violence against Palestinian life—such as the recent horrific murder of Palestinian infant Ali Dawabsheh by settler terrorists who set fire to his West Bank family home. Such projections are often prefaced by observations that Palestinians in the Occupied Territories today live under conditions that are on the ...

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سلام فياض: المجتمع المدني يحصد ما زرعته يداك

ترددت في نشر هذا المقال، وخفت أن يُفهم أنه اصطفاف مع الرئيس واجراءاته ضد سلام فياض، وللأمانة أنا ضد سياسات الرجلين الذين تحالفا لسنوات وأوصلانا لما نحن فيه! لماذا ألوم سلام  فياض ولا ألوم الحمدلله؟ سلام فياض قدم نفسه صاحب رؤية ومشروع وفوق ذلك لديه أيديولوجية وفكر ليبرالي (بعيداً عن اقتصاد السوق المفتوح) يؤمن بالحريات والتعددية والديمقراطية.  في حين أن الحمدلله لم يقدم نفسه إلا موظف عمومي ينفذ ما تم خطه لحكومته من مهمات أربع ليس عليه الاجتهاد ليضيف لها مهمة خامسة. الحمدلله- رئيس جامعة عريقة- ...

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Has Amnesty International Lost Its Way? A Forensic Analysis of Amnesty’s Reports on Operation Protective Edge (Part 2)

Evidentiary Bias Amnesty’s citation of official Israeli sources produces skewed results that validate Israeli propaganda at Hamas’s expense.  In some instances more credible contrary evidence is simply ignored.  In its hyperbolic inventory of Hamas’s arsenal, Amnesty quotes the Israeli allegation that it intercepted a vessel carrying Iranian rockets “bound for Gaza.”  It omits the widely reported finding of a UN expert panel that the weapons were bound not for Gaza but Sudan. Amnesty also ...

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Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions: Advice for Anthropologists

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions is a group of concerned scholars, part of the growing global movement calling for Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel. The boycott movement seeks to end Israel’s widespread, systematic, and long-standing violations of the rights of the Palestinian people whether in exile, under occupation, or consigned to second-class citizenship. The academic boycott is particularly concerned with Israel’s violations of ...

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Why are LGBT Equality Organizations Joining Forces with Israel Advocacy Groups?

The widespread celebration of the recent US Supreme Court decision on gay marriage provides a great opportunity to think about how governments and their institutions get politically rebranded.  These days, same-sex marriage is firmly considered a liberal or progressive issue.  Images of gay couples getting married stir sentiments about liberation, freedom and equality. Marriage, sexual freedom and equality are now wound together in the cultural imagination. This is a very big ...

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Planning under Occupation: Elastic Geographies and ‘Area C’

In recent years there has been growing concern about Israel’s planning regime and its operations across the West Bank. In particular, organizations have expressed their apprehension towards the growing number of demolitions, eviction orders, and restrictions in Area C. According to the 1995 Oslo Accords, Area C of the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) amounts to an estimated sixty-two percent of the West Bank. It is rich in land and water, and critical to the sustainable long-term development of a ...

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