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On the BDS Blacklist

[This is a slightly revised version of comments presented as part of the event “Palestine Solidarity: A Faculty Roundtable and Student Q & A,” held at the CUNY Graduate Center on 17 October. The discussion was organized by a group of students involved with a resolution currently before the Doctoral Student Council at the Graduate Center, endorsing the academic and cultural boycott of Israel. I want to dedicate my remarks to these courageous students, who are engaged in organizing work that is at best thankless and at worst dangerous, given the current climate of hostility in the US academy—and, beyond that, to all those who struggle for justice in Palestine.] I ...

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London Palestine Film Festival (28 November - 11 December, 2014)

From November 28th to December 11th 2014, the London Palestine Film Festival (LPFF) returns with the finest new docs, dramas, and shorts on and from the region. Festival programme: palestinefilm.org  The two week programme, at the Barbican Cinema and University of London venues, showcases over 40 international titles accompanied by director Q&As, panel discussions, and research presentations. Along with hard-hitting docs and political thrillers, audiences can expect comedies, family-friendly adventures, and stoner capers to rub shoulders with the archival and the avant-garde. The Festival opens with the UK Premiere of Najwa Najjar’s Eyes of a Thief – ...

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Panel Event -- Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (GMU, 20 October 2014)

Co-sponsored by Middle East Studies Program, the Trans-Arab Research Institute, Arab Studies Institute, New Century College, and Global Programs Operation Protective Edge:  Legal and Political Implications  of ICC Prosecution October 20, 2014 4:00-6:30PM  George Mason University Johnson Center, Room C Featuring David J. Luban, Georgetown University Margaret deGuzman, Temple University George Bisharat, UC Berkeley Noura Erakat, George Mason University Kevin Jon Heller, SOAS, University of London  Israel’s offensive against the Gaza Strip, Operation Protective Edge, killed 2,104 Palestinians, including 495 ...

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On the Proposal for the CUNY Graduate Center's Doctoral Students' Council to Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions

[Image provided by the authors.]

In April 2013, the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) became the first United States academic body to pass a resolution boycotting formal relations with Israeli universities. In December, the American Studies Association (ASA) and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) also passed boycott resolutions, followed by the Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) in July 2014. These resolutions were adopted in response to the 2004 call from Palestinian civil society to boycott academic institutions in Israel, as part of a wider Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli occupation of Palestinian people’s land, ...

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Letter by Israeli Anthropologists in Support of BDS Discussion at American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting

[The following letter was issued by a group of Israeli anthropologists on 10 September 2014 in response to the Israeli Anthropological Association's objections to a scheduled discussion about boycott, divestment, and sanctions at the upcoming meeting of the American Anthropological Association.]   Letter to the AAA in Response to IAA's Letter of 28 August 2014    Dear colleagues, As anthropologists and citizens of Israel, we are writing to express our thorough opposition to the letter sent to the American Anthropological Association (AAA) by the Israeli Anthropological Association (IAA) on 28 August 2014 with regard to the scheduled ...

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Seize The Moment

[The United Nations' General Assembly. Photo credit: Rob Young via Flicker]

Should the Palestinian leadership fail to seize the moment, it would condemn itself to eternal damnation. In the speech, Abbas rejected the notion of resuming peace negotiations in the usual manner. He called for a timetable for ending the occupation supervised by the UN. He also spoke of the genocidal war Israel waged against the Palestinian people, and warned that it would not escape punishment. All important and positive remarks. Bilateral negotiations under sole American supervision should have been abandoned long ago. Final status negotiations should have been completed in May 1999, as stipulated in the Oslo agreements. Since then, negotiations have been going on ...

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Statement by Scholar Ann Laura Stoler Endorsing BDS against Israel

[The following statement was issued by Ann Laura Stoler on 10 September 2010 and originally  published by pulsemedia.org on 17 September 2010] By Colonial Design As someone who has worked for some thirty years as a teacher and student of colonial studies– on comparative colonial situations, colonial histories, and the violent and subtle forms of governance on which colonial regimes rely, it would be difficult not to describe the Israeli state as a colonial one. It would be difficult not to recognize Israel’s past and ongoing illegal seizure of Palestinian land, the racialization of every aspect of daily life, and the large-scale and piecemeal demolition ...

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Beirut Conference: Israel’s War on Gaza: Political, Moral, and Legal Accountability (28 September 2014)

A one-day sympoisum hosted by the Issam Faris Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs Sunday 28 September 2014 IFI Building Auditorium AUB Campus Beirut, Lebanon    

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NYC Event -- The War on Gaza: Military Strategy and Historical Horizons (19 September, Columbia University)

The Center for Palestine Studies and the Middle East Institute present The War on Gaza Military Strategy and Historical Horizons Presenters Noura Erakat (Assistant Professor, George Mason University) Rashid Khalidi (Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University) Moderator Nadia Abu El-Haj (Professor, Bard College) Date, Time, and Location: Friday, 19 September 2014 12:00pm-1:30pm Room 501, Schermerhonr Hall Columbia University

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

[Image via Ottoman History Podcast]

[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 scholars to talk about their sources. The first noteworthy collection is actually quite famous but nevertheless remarkably under utilized, known by its label “AP” at the ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (August 2014)

[Raba'a sit-in during the 14 August 2013 dispersal. Photo by Amsg07 from Wikimedia Commons]

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives 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]. Sharing the Nile Waters According to Needs Sharif S. Elmusa argues that Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia ...

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Debt and Obligation in Contemporary Ramallah

A recent advertisement for a Bank of Palestine savings scheme, reproduced on billboards and in magazines all over the Ramallah-al-Bireh-Beitounia conurbation (hereafter Ramallah), tells residents “Together We Are a Family.” We are clearly meant to think that the Bank of Palestine wants, or considers itself, to be part of the family. Although counterintuitive, this proposition embodies the ways in which banks have become increasingly part of intimate urban life in the central city of the occupied West ...

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New Texts Out Now: Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri, Creative Refuge

Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri, editors, Creative Refuge. Washington, DC: Tadween Books, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What is Febrik? Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri (RC/MH/JJ): Febrik is a not-for-profit collaborative platform for participatory art and design research projects with practicing architects, designers, and artists active in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. Febrik’s main area of concern lies in the dynamics and practices of public spaces in relation to ...

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Letter to Hosts of the International Conference for the Reconstruction of Gaza

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association] Hosts of the International Conference for the Reconstruction of Gaza Børge Brende Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway via utenriksminister@mfa.no via fax +47 23 95 00 99 Sameh Shoukry Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt via fax + 20 2576 7967 Your Excellencies,  I write on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) of the Middle East Studies Association of North ...

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الظاهرة المتنامية لدعم إسرائيل في الجامعات الصينية

أثناء العقد الأخير، نجحت شبكةٌ من المنظمات المؤيدة لإسرائيل، والتي لا تجمع بينها علاقات متينة، (تشمل عدداً من منظمات الأبحاث والسياسة والجامعات وجماعات الضغط والمؤسسات والباحثين والناشطين والواهبين أيضاً) بالعثور على موطئ قدم في البيئة الأكاديمية الصينية. كان هدف هذه الجماعات في الصين هو تأمين منصة لتبني مشروع (هازبرا)، وهي كلمة عبرية تعني الشرح، أي استخدام الوسائط الدبلوماسية والإعلامية والسياسية لتوضيح مواقف إسرائيل وأفعالها والدفاع عنها، من أجل إعادة صياغة التصورات الأكاديمية الصينية حول الدولة ...

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نقطة تحول

يدلّ خطاب الرئيس على أن لحظة الحقيقة، لحظة اتخاذ القرار الذي طال انتظاره، تقترب، وإذا لم يتم التقاطها بسرعة ستطارد لعنة التاريخ القيادة الفلسطينية إلى الأبد. لقد رفض الرئيس في خطابه العودة إلى المفاوضات كما كانت تجري في السابق، وطالب بوضع جدول زمني لإنهاء الاحتلال من خلال الأمم المتحدة، وتحدث أيضًا عن حرب الإبادة التي شنتها إسرائيل ضد الشعب الفلسطيني، محذرًا أنها لن تفلت من العقاب، وهذه أمور كلها في منتهى الأهمية والإيجابية. وقف المفاوضات الثنائية برعاية أميركية انفرادية أمر كان يجب أن يحدث منذ فترة ...

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Displaced Intentions

Write Down, I Am an Arab, directed by Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin. Israel/Palestine, 2014. Borrowing the opening line of one of Mahmoud Darwish’s most famous poems, “Identity Card,” filmmaker Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin titled her latest documentary Write Down, I Am an Arab. The film, which had its world premiere at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival in April of this year, is described as a biographical portrait of the poet who became the voice of Palestinian people. However, in her director’s statement, the ...

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Tadween Spotlight: Gaza

This summer, Gaza dominated the headlines. A rising death toll at the expense of Israel’s weeks-long Operation Protective Edge, a death toll that currently stands at over 2,000 killed, once again brought attention to the politics surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the devastation of the Gaza Strip. As Gaza fades from the headlines, Tadween Publishing would like to spotlight its two Gaza-focused publications to reignite the discussion and attention to the situation in Palestine. Gaza ...

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DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DC-PFAF): Program and Tickets

The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DC-PFAF) is a not for profit, volunteer run annual project. It is in its fourth year and aims to showcase the work of Palestinian filmmakers and artists for audiences in Washington, DC and its surrounding areas. It is a unique festival in that the stories told through this project are not necessarily about the Palestinian/Israel conflict, nor are they necessarily stories about Palestinians, but they are stories that reflect the dynamic formation of a ...

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Defending Palestine Solidarity Activists: An Interview with Dima Khalidi

In this interview, attorney Dima Khalidi, who founded and directs Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLS), discusses what it means to provide legal defense to protect Palestinian rights activists in the US from suppression and criminalization. Khalidi describes the perpetrators behind attacks against Palestine solidarity activists and provides an overview of the kinds of attacks they face, including pressures placed on universities to discipline and punish students and faculty for their speech ...

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مملكة السيمولاكروم: الإسرائيلي الافتراضي والفلسطيني المختفي

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 ...

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Palestinianness on Facebook: Portrayals, Profiles, and Encoding the Self

I would like to think that we are not just the people seen or looked at in photographs: we are also looking at our observers….we too are scrutinizing, assessing, judging. We are more than someone’s object. We do more than stand passively in front of whoever…has wanted to look at us. -- Edward Said, After the Last Sky  Over the course of several decades in the Palestinian history, Palestinians have been the subject of thousands if not millions of photos, frequently taken by ...

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

[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 ...

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