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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (May 2015)

[Nakba Day demonstration in Berlin, 2015. Image by Montecruz Photo, via Flickr.]

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions, and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyyastrives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com (click "Submissions" on the main page for more information).]   Dispatches from the 2015 ...

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عندما محا كمال الجعفري تشاك نوريس من يافا

[هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين ستقوم "جدلية" بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين.] "امتلأت الطريق حول بيت جدتي (في يافا) بملصقات عن آية الله الخميني وأعلام حزب الله. وقفتُ مع مجموعة من الأطفال أنتظرُ بداية تصوير الفيلم… فجأة ظهرت سيارة رسم على بابها اسم مدرستي "القديس يوسف" وقف فيها رجلان أشقران يطلقان النار عشوائياً… اذكر أنّ الأولاد قالوا لي إنّ أحد الرجال كان الممثل الأميركي تشاك نوريس".   (كمال الجعفري) بدأت قصة المخرج الفلسطيني كمال الجعفري مع تشاك نوريس عام 1986 حين شهد على تصوير فيلم ”ذا ديلتا فورس" (إنتاج إسرائيلي- أميركي مشترك) في شوارع ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (27 May)

[ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Image by US Government.]

Palestine-Israel Gaza Economy ‘On Verge of Collapse’, Peter Beaumont Writing in The Guardian, Beaumont draws attention to a new World Bank report discussing the collapse of the economy in the Gaza Strip amidst the world’s highest rate of unemployment. The New York Times Goes to War, Again, Belen Fernandez Fernandez finds The New York Times’ coverage of Israeli military warnings that Hezbollah is “militarizing” villages in southern Lebanon remarkably uncritical of the Israeli claims. Netanyahu Represents Survivalist Determination, Anshel Pfeffer Reacting to the formation of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s fourth coalition government, Pfeffer argues the Prime ...

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النكبة كمصل في الوريد

[لوحة للفنان السوري عبدالله مراد]

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين ستقوم "جدلية" بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين.] لقد حصلت على "إنفوزيا" نكبة في الوريد يكفيني لخمسين سنة قادمة، وأنا الذي يضرب عرض الحائط نصياً على الأقل بكل ما له علاقة برموز وطنية ومناسبات تاريخية جاهزة يتم اختزالها في يوم ذكرى محدد، أو حتى في فترة تمتد بين التقويم العبري والتقويم الميلادي...لقد حصلت هذه السنة على النكبة كمصل مر في الوريد، بدأ ذلك عندما زارني صديق فلسطيني- سوري من اليرموك  يقيم في برلين ويحمل الجنسية الكندية، كي أصحبه إلى قرية لوبية المهجرة، وهي القرية التي هجرت منها عائلة والده في 1948 ومن ثم هجرت جدته للمرة الثانية قبل عام من ...

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Librarians and Archivists with Palestine: 2015 Delegation Report and Solidarity Statement

 [The following was published by Librarians and Archivists with Palestine on 8 May 2015.] May 2015 In April 2015, nine librarians from four countries traveled to Palestine for an in-depth trip to follow up on the work of our 2013 delegation. In 2013, sixteen librarians had met with representatives from academic libraries, cultural centers, community education spaces, family libraries, museums, media centers, special collections, and more. From that delegation, the Librarians and Archivists with Palestine network was formed, and within this network, an advisory board of Palestinian librarians, archivists, information workers, and activists was ...

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The Palestinian Museum’s Family Album Project: The Intimate Side of History in Palestine

[Palestinian Museum logo.]

[The following press release was issued 13 May 2015 by the Palestinian Museum.] The Palestinian Museum’s Family Album Project: The Intimate Side of History in Palestine Ramallah: The Palestinian Museum researchers have been traveling around the occupied West Bank for months now. They are gathering photos and testimonies of events that happened before and after the 1948 Nakba, when 750,000 Palestinians - 60% of the population of Palestine at the time - were dispossessed from their land. Under the slogan ‘Your pictures, Your Memories, Our History’, the Palestinian Museum’s “Family Album” project seeks to unearth the photographic treasures hidden away in many Palestinian ...

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67. Filistin ‘Nakba Gunu’ Etkinlikleri

67. Filistin “Nakba Günü” Etkinlikleri 15 Mayıs 1948; İsrail bağımsızlığının değil Siyonist işgalin yıldönümü 15 Mayıs 1948’de modern tarihin en önemli felaketlerinden biri yaşandı. O gün bir milyona yakın Filistinli, İsrail silahlı güçleri tarafından, tarihsel Filistin’deki evlerinden zorla çıkartıldı ya da kaçmak zorunda kaldı. Bu olayın öncesinde birçok köyde aynı güçler tarafından katliamlar yapılmıştı. Birçok Filistinli terk ettikleri evlerine bir süre sonra dönebileceklerini düşünüyordu. Aradan 67 yıl geçti, dönemediler. Büyük Felaket yani Nakba, Filistin’de ve dünyanın her yerinde Filistinliler ve Filistin halkının dostları tarafından her yıl lanetleniyor, ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (26 April)

[Predator drone operators at Balad Camp Anaconda, Iraq, August 2007. Photo by Master Sergeant Steve Horton]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] Palestine The Occupation and BDS, Bashir Abu Manneh Writing in Jacobin, Abu Manneh analyzes Israeli settler colonialism and calls for centralizing the fight against the occupation in the current context Israel's Anti-Boycott Law Will Hit Palestinians Hardest, Rights Groups Warn, Ali Abunimah Abunimah covers a ...

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New Texts Out Now: Vijay Prashad, Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation

[Cover of

Vijay Prashad, editor, Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation. London and New York: Verso, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection? Vijay Prashad (VP): Slowly, surely, the apparent consensus around US support for Israel’s occupation of Palestine seems to be breaking. There was a time when it was impossible to have a rational conversation about Israeli policy in the US, with large sections of people taking the view that criticism of Israel was off-limits. My friend Alexander Cockburn used to say that censure of Israeli policy was the third rail of US politics. Only on the very margins of US life was such a political ...

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The Joint List: The Fetishism of Representation and the Illusion of Influence

[The Joint List at the consultations process at President Reuven Rivlin's official resident, after the 2015 elections. Image by Mark Nayman

In the recent Israeli elections, the parties representing the Palestinian citizens united in one list: the Joint List. It has attracted more external enthusiasm than internal. Authors like Lebanese novelist Elias Khoury praised the list, endorsed it, and even suggested it as a model for elsewhere in the Arab world. Yet, Arab voters—Netanyahu’s alarmism notwithstanding—did not go to the polls in droves. Lacking any element of fierce inter-party competition, the movement of voters on election day was slow. It seemed to reflect the general mood of Arab disenchantment with Israeli formal politics, and skepticism with respect to its utility.  The general skepticism is ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (March 2015)

Free Palestine rally in Cairo. Image by Gigi Ibrahim

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions, and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyyastrives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com (click "Submissions" on the main page for more information).]   In Need of Aid but Hungry for ...

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The Business of Backlash: The Attack on the Palestinian Movement and Other Movements for Justice

[The following report, the executive summary of which is excerpted here. was issued by the International Jewish anti-Zionist Network. The full report may be read here.] Introduction In the United States, criticism of Israel is increasing and support for the Palestinian movement for justice is growing. From the growing number of divestment resolutions by student bodies and academic associations across the U.S., to successful community campaigns to boycott or de-shelve Israeli goods, to blocking Israeli ships at ports across the U.S., the popular movement against Israeli colonialism and apartheid is having great success. Despite attempts to quash ...

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كنيس الاحتلال المقدس

(سنصبح نحن يهود التاريخ ونعوي في الصحراء بلا مأوى)  مظفر النواب كبرنا في سوريا على حبّ فلسطين، رضعْنا حبَّها مع حليب الطفولة. كانت الأحاديث في طفولتنا كلها عنها وعن العدو الذي يحلم بإقامة دولة تمتد حدودها من الفرات إلى النيل. رُبيّنا في المنازل والمدارس على التنبه إلى هذا الخطر. وكانت كلمة فدائي، أو العمل الفدائي، تشكل سحراً خاصاً بالنسبة للأجيال التي سبقتنا وحتى لجيلنا. لكن فلسطين، في الحقيقة، خُذلَتْ، وتُركت لمصيرها الجهنمي. فقد خذلها كثيرون، وأخطأ معها كثيرون، حتى في طريقة النضال. وها قد محت ...

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Dispatches from the 2015 Palestinian Festival of Literature

I am lucky enough to have been invited to the 2015 Palestinian Festival of Literature. Here is a despatch from days one, two, and three. Lego State Israel happens so suddenly. There we were one moment on the coach in Amman. Our tour guide, Ruby, started talking about crossing the border into the West Bank at exactly the same moment as the coach suddenly started reversing, a possibly inauspicious sign. Then we sped through Amman and its pleasant emptiness into the Jordanian countryside as Ruby ...

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إعادة ابتكار فلسطين: السينما من أجل السلام في جنين

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين ستقوم "جدلية" بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين.] بمبادرةٍ من مخرج الأفلام الوثائقية الألماني ماركوس فيتر، وبدعم مهم من وزارة الشؤون الخارجية الألمانية أُعيد افتتاح Keep Reading »

كبرت النكبة: ملف خاص

كبرت النكبة ... كبرت النكبة، وها هي تدخل عقدها السابع، وتواجهنا، ككل عام، وتسائلنا عمّا حدث لنا بعدها، وعن تاريخها الذي يظل راهناً. في لحظة قد تبدو الأكثر قتامة تفتح جدلية النافذة-المرآة على مصراعيها في ملف متنوّع ستقوم بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين. يتناول الملف السياسة والثقافة والاقتصاد والتجارب الشخصية ومقتطفات من كتب مهمة ومقابلات حول الأدب والسينما والموسيقى. يشارك في الملف كتاب فلسطينيون وعرب وأجانب منهم سليم أبو جبل، معن أبو طالب، سنان أنطون، راجي بطحيش، عبدالله البياري، نسرين شبيب، إيلا ...

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Palestine Shrinking/Expanding Israel: Nakba Day Infographic

15 May 2015 marks the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba ("catastrophe"), which refers to the expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinians during the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Today, nearly seven decades on from these events, the dispossession of Palestinians continues through military, legal and economic means. Headlines were made by the Israeli Supreme Court just this week when it endorsed the eviction of the village of Umm al Hiran in the Negev region, demonstrating ...

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سفر الاختفاء: رحلة إلى فلسطين ونبش في تاريخها

منذ بداية روايتها "سِفْر الاختفاء"، حتى السطور الأخيرة من الرواية، تأخذنا الكاتبة الفلسطينية ابتسام عازم، بنت يافا وطيبة المثلث، في رحلة إلى فلسطين، عبر حادثة وهمية، خيالية أو افتراضية، تتمثل في "اختفاء" الفلسطينيين من دولة "إسرائيل"، اختفاءً مفاجئا، بل مذهلا وصاعقا، يوقع هذه الدولة بإدارتها ومؤسساتها في حالة من الهلع والذعر والترقب، بما في ذلك الجيش والمؤسسة الأمنية، فضلا عن الإعلام الذي يقع في التخبط حدّ الهستيريا، إضافة إلى الجماهير التي تنقسم على ذاتها حدّ التشظّي، ...

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New Texts Out Now: Adi Kuntsman and Rebecca L. Stein, Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age

Adi Kuntsman and Rebecca L. Stein, Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Adi Kuntsman and Rebecca L. Stein (AK & RLS): Our research began in the aftermath of 2008-2009 Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip, a bloody military campaign that marked the Israeli military’s first efforts to employ social media as PR tools. As Jadaliyya readers may recall, the military began experimenting ...

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Creating Change through Theater: The Freedom Theater in Jenin: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Nabil Al Raee and Alia Al Rosan

The Freedom Theater is the backdrop of this fascinating interview about art, performance, justice, and liberation in Jenin refugee camp and throughout Palestine.  Nabil Al Raee was born and raised in Aroub Refugee Camp in the Hebron hills of Palestine. He grew up during the First Intifada, trying to go to school between shootings, tear gas and curfew. In the 90s, Nabil joined Theatre Day Productions – a theatre company in Hebron working mainly with children and youth, and training actors. He ...

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Academics for Palestine Ireland supports the organisers of the Southampton conference

Academics for Palestine, a group of Irish academics – from both the Republic of Ireland and the North of Ireland – set up to create awareness and build the academic boycott of Israel campaign in Ireland, expresses its support for the organisers of the International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism conference which was due to take place on 17-19 April 2015, at the University of Southampton, UK. The University blocked the conference citing reasons of ‘health and ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ran Greenstein, Zionism and its Discontents: A Century of Radical Dissent in Israel/Palestine

Ran Greenstein, Zionism and its Discontents: A Century of Radical Dissent in Israel/Palestine. London: Pluto Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Ran Greenstein (RG): History is frequently written from a skewed perspective, as we tend to look at developments in retrospect, knowing already what their outcomes were. A better approach would be to look at events and responses as they unfolded in time, from the point of view of actors located within their own context, rather than from ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (11 April)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] Iran Here's What You Need to Know About the Iran Deal, Noah RaymanTime magazine provides an overview of a deal reached between Iran and the US ...

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New Texts Out Now: Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe, and Frank Barat, On Palestine

Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé, On Palestine, edited by Frank Barat. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Frank Barat (FB): Professor Chomsky, Professor Pappe, and I had already worked on a book together called Gaza in Crisis a few years back. The experience was amazing, but the fact that the interviews between Noam and Ilan weren't interactive left me wanting more. I really wanted a chance for the two professors to have a proper conversation, to be ...

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