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Anthropologists Speak Out for Justice in Palestine

The American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) annual business meeting voted on 20 November 2015 to send a resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions to the membership for a full vote.   With more than ten thousand members, the AAA is the world’s largest professional organization of anthropologists. By an eighty-eight percent majority, a packed room voted 1,040 in favor and 136 against. A prior vote on a competing resolution opposing the boycott, misleadingly entitled a resolution to “support dialogue,” failed with 1,173 votes against and 196 votes in favor. The numbers say a lot: members of AAA, ...

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Leading Artists Endorse Cultural Boycott of Israel

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Eight leading artists, all with ties to New York, state their support for the cultural boycott of Israel in our new video. The eight artists recount the hardships that Israel imposes on Palestinian artists, and the history of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. They explain the Palestinian boycott call, and why they endorse a cultural boycott. The video marks the launch of a New York-based initiative calling for more artists and cultural workers in New York, the US and around the world to pledge to respect and support the Palestinian boycott call. Visit the Amplify Palestine website. 

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Salaita Update: Settlement Reached in Case of Professor Fired for 'Uncivil' Tweets

[The following press released was issued on 12 November 2015 by Steven Salaita's legal defense team.] Settlement Reached in Case of Professor Fired for “Uncivil” Tweets Contact: Jen Nessel, (212) 614-6449, November 12, 2015, Chicago – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel Loevy & Loevy announced the settlement of Professor Steven Salaita’s case against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for firing him from his tenured position over his personal tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s assault on Gaza in 2014. Professor Salaita sued UIUC, the university Board of Trustees and high-level ...

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Prominent Anthropologists Explain Why They Support the AAA Boycott Resolution

On 20 November 2015, members of the American Anthropological Association will vote on a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Over the past year, a number of prominent anthropologists have written eloquently about why they support such a boycott, urging their colleagues to join them in that support. Here are some of the highlights:         Lisa Rofel & Ilana Feldman, Why Anthropologists Should Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions James Ferguson, Israel BDS - Why I Signed . . . Reluctantly Thomas Blom Hansen, Why I Support the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions Hilla Dayan, I Support the Boycott from Within Talal ...

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Fanon in Palestine: A Four-Part Essay Series

Part 1: Why Fanon? The Indispensability of Thought and the Urgency of Action Palestine is in the throes of revolt. It started with protests and demonstrations at the presence of Israeli “Temple Mount” activists (and their political benefactors) at the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, the symbolic pillar of Palestinian spirituality and national redemption. The unrest then spread to other cities on both sides of the Green Line. From Nazareth to Nablus to Bethlehem, young Palestinians have taken to the streets to hurl stones and Molotov cocktails at an occupation that plunders their future and consigns their bodies to be broken on the wheels of a colonial machine. ...

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Be It Resolved: Full Text of the Proposed AAA Boycott Resolution

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Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions has submitted a boycott resolution to the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for consideration at the upcoming Annual Meeting in Denver. The resolution endorses the Palestinian civil society call to boycott Israeli academic institutions until they take concrete steps to end their complicity with Israel’s systematic abuses of Palestinian rights. This includes refraining from any formal collaborations with Israeli universities or academic associations. The academic boycott is an act of protest against Israel’s violations and an act of solidarity with our Palestinian colleagues. It is ...

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Men of Capital in Mandate Palestine: An Interview with Sherene Seikaly

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Historians of the Middle East have long ignored the middle class in general and the activities of Arab capitalists in particular. For many, capitalism is synonymous with colonialism, and prevailing narratives have not been able to accommodate entrepreneurs who resist characterization as “comprador” allies of colonial projects. Sherene Seikaly’s new monograph Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine rectifies that “resounding silence on Arab capitalist practice” by bringing the politics of an emergent middle class to the forefront of our understanding of Palestinian society under the British Mandate. In Episode #206 of Ottoman History Podcast, we had the ...

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The Zionists’ Mufti

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Historians, including prominent scholars in Israel, quickly pounced upon Benjamin Netanyahu’s charge that Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, inspired Hitler to exterminate the Jews of Europe. They correctly pointed out that the Nazi genocide machine was already in operation when the Mufti met with Adolf Hitler in November 1941. In all fairness, however, it must be noted that attempts to implicate Amin al-Husseini in the Holocaust did not originate with the Israeli Prime Minister. In my 1990 book, Nazism, the Jews and American Zionism: 1933-1948, I described how Zionists gained hegemony within the American Jewish community during World War II. Their ...

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On Hitler and the Mufti: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani Participates in Al-Jazeera International Discussion Show

In this interview on Al-Jazeera International's Inside Story, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani, forensic scholar Norman G. Finkelstein, and Greg Roman of the Middle East Forum discuss and debate Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's widely dismissed and derided statement that Adolf Hitler had no intention of exterminating Europe's Jews until persuaded to do so by the exiled Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini. 

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إلياس سحّاب، منذ وُلد في يافا

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إلياس سحّاب، الكاتب والصحافي والناقد الفنّي، هو رجلٌ تعرفه بيروت والعالم العربي كلبناني الجنسية، فلسطينيّ الهوى، ووهّابي الموسيقى. وله في كلّ تعريفٍ من هذه التعريفات قصةٌ، وتاريخ. ولد في يافا، وله فيها ذكريات. حنّ إليها طويلاً، وعمل من أجل التحرير. تركها وهو لا يزال في العاشرة من عمره، لكن السنين لم تقو على أن تمحو ولو الشيء البسيط منها في وعيه، وفي لاوعيه أيضاً. يقول إنه يحلم أحياناً بها. تزوج في العام 1968 من ابنة خاله، سونيا زباني، وأنجبا ثلاثة أولاد هم: ندى، مروان وغسان. • ما هي قصة تنقلات العائلة بين فلسطين ولبنان؟ ـ يعود أصل عائلتي إلى قرية عرمون، الواقعة في قضاء كسروان. لكن جدي انتقل للعيش في فلسطين في أواخر القرن التاسع، حيث استقر في يافا إلى أن توفي ...

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Is This the Third Palestinian Intifada?

[Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes on the Israeli border with Gaza in Bureij, central Gaza Strip, Thursday, October 15, 2015. (AP Photo / Khalil Hamra)]

The Palestinian uprising is now entering its fourth week. There appears to be a broad consensus on the genesis of the violence, which has left at least 40 Palestinians and seven Israelis dead since October 1, and more than 1,200 Palestinians injured. How it may develop in the days and weeks ahead is much less clear. Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, now almost fifty years old, is more entrenched than ever, while even the pretense of a political process aimed at bringing the occupation and the conflict to an end has been effectively abandoned. Political despair has been compounded by economic desperation. In Gaza, two-fifths of the population ...

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Gaza’s Untold Story

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August 26, 2015 marked the first anniversary of Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip, during which 2,219 Palestinians were killed. However, a large part of the story is left untold. Over half of those killed were refugees who were displaced from their homes in Yafa, Salama, Isdud, and many other villages and towns, as a result of and following the Nakba in 1948. The majority of those killed lived in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip within a 30 mile (50 km) radius of their homes of origin. A total of 1,236 refugees were killed during the 2014 offensive, including at least 309 children [Click to download] This data visualization visually represents the untold story of ...

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Affirming the Rights of Students to Organize, Protest, and Resist (City University of New York)

[This statement was released on 23 November 2015.] In light of recent events and revelations, we, as faculty and graduate student members of CUNY for Palestine, reiterate our unequivocal support for students to organize for social justice, and to protest against injustices, without having their rights to free speech and free assembly infringed upon or violated by members of the university administration or law enforcement. We have noted with great concern recent revelations regarding spying and ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (November 12 - 18)

[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] The Occupation Forces Israel Demolishes 4 West Bank Homes of Palestinians Accused of Attacks Israeli occupation forces demolished the homes of Palestinians accused of knife attacks. Israeli Troops ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (Nov 5 - 11)

[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] The Occupation Forces Israeli Forces Shoot Dead Seventy Two Years Old Palestinian Woman Thawarat Ashrawi was killed while filling her car with gasoline. Israeli forces claim she was intending to ...

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كيف يمكن للقدس الصمود؟

منذ سنوات، دأب أحد الأقارب من أبناء القدس الأصيلين يحذّرني من أنّ المخططات الإسرائيلية للاستيلاء على الحرم الشريف جاهزة بل قيد التنفيذ، وسيتم تحويل ساحاته إلى "حديقة وطنية" ترتبط بالمساحات الاستيطانية اليهودية المقامة في شرق المدينة المقدسة (حيث ستقام "الحديقة التوراتية")، بواسطة فتح "باب التوبة" (المغلق منذ العهد الأيوبي) في الجدار الشرقي للحرم، ثم إقامة كنيس في الزاوية الجنوبية الغربية للحرم يطل على ساحة البراق. وكنت أقول له دائماً إن ذلك خيالي وغير ممكن، ولن يُسمح ...

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ستيفن سلايطة... الحرية الأكاديمية الأميركية لا تشمل فلسطين

"لست الأول ولن أكون الأخير الذي أقيل من الأكاديمية الأميركية بسبب موقفه من القضية الفلسطينية ودعمه لحقوق الإنسان الفلسطيني، ومعارضته للصهيونية. ولكن عندما أتحدث عن هذه القصة، علينا أن نضعها في سياقها الأميركي الأوسع. والآن أطلب منكم أن تستمعوا إلى هذه الجملة: "على المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان الفلسطيني الحذر!" إن هذه الجملة تشكل واقعاً في الأكاديمية الأميركية وواقعاً يكفي لإقالة صاحبه وهو أمر مخيف جدا!" بهذه الكلمات تحدث الباحث والأكاديمي، ستيفن سلايطة، في نيويورك بمناسبة صدور كتابه ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (Oct 29–Nov 4)

[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]   The Occupation Forces Video: Israeli Soldiers Run Over Palestinian, Attack Medics After running over a Palestinian young man at high speed, Israeli forces would not allow medics to attend his ...

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الشيخ فتح الله السلوادي في رواق الشام... ذكريات طالب أزهري

مقدمة تتناول هذه الدراسة جانباً من السيرة الذاتية للشيخ فتح الله السلوادي (1923-2000)، وتتركز بالأساس حول حياته بمصر في إبّان دراسته الجامعية في جامعة الأزهر في القاهرة في الأعوام ما بين (1937- 1946)، وتسعى عن طريق رصد ما سطَّرته ذاكرته حول تلك المدة إلى تسليط الضوء على الواقع الثقافي والفكري، الذي نمت في ظله النخبة الفكرية الفلسطينية ذات المرجعية الإسلامية في النصف الأول من القرن العشرين، ودور الأزهر في تشكيل هذه النخبة. وتعتمد الدراسة في مادتها الأساسية على ما ورد في مخطوطة سطّرها الشيخ فتح ...

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Engaged Anthropology: The AAA’s Task Force Report on Israel/Palestine

On 8 October 2015, Israeli security forces brutally beat and arrested two students of Birzeit University, a major Palestinian university in the West Bank. In response, Birzeit issued an appeal to academic and human rights institutions to speak out against the crimes of the Israeli occupation. The university’s appeal is one of hundreds coming in the wake of Israeli actions that violate Palestinians’ academic freedom and human rights inside the occupied territories, as well as in Israel, where ...

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Remembering Sound

Hamule, directed by Mauricio Misle. Palestine/Chile, 2014. Diasporic and non-Western artists have increasingly turned to the archive as a source for their artistic practice. Mindful of the histories of colonialism and slavery, they have attempted to address the archive as a contested site where knowledge about the past is produced and legitimized. In their refusal to treat the archive as a sanctioned repository of fact, or as an accurate and objective representation of the past, they have conceptualized ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (October 22 – 28)

[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] The Occupation Forces Hebron Activist Showed Israel’s Crimes to the World Hashem al-Azzeh, an internationally-known Palestinian activist, was killed by tear gas Wednesday. Group: Israeli Forces ...

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ICGG Endorses Academic Boycott of Israel

Forging Solidarity, taking a stand on Palestine  International Critical Geography Group votes by an overwhelming majority to endorse Academic Boycott of Israel in its seventh conference PRESS RELEASE   13 October 2015 – This past summer the International Critical Geography Group (ICGG) convened its seventh conference in the occupied city of Ramallah, Palestine. Following a two-decade tradition and nearly three years of preparation, ...

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Of Shadows and Solidarity

Keith P. Feldman, A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. In July 2014, at the height of the most recent Israeli military assault upon Gaza, a major rally was held in New York City—in defense of Israel. “United We Stand with Israel” attracted major figures in city, state, and national politics, the large majority of them progressive Democrats, who offered fiery speeches affirming Israel’s right to self-defense and recommitting to ...

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