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Israel "maht den Rasen“

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(London Review of Books). Im Jahre 2004 – ein Jahr vor dem einseitigen israelischen Abzug aus dem Gazastreifen – erklärte Dov Weissglass, die Graue Eminenz hinter Ariel Sharon, gegenüber einem Reporter der „Haaretz“ den Zweck der Initiative: „Die Bedeutung des Rückzugsplans liegt im Einfrieren des Friedensprozesses … Und wenn man diesen Prozess einfriert, verhindert man die Gründung eines palästinensischen Staates sowie eine Diskussion über die Flüchtlinge, die Grenzen und Jerusalem. Im Wesentlichen wurde das ganze Paket namens Palästinensischer Staat, mit seinem gesamten Inhalt, auf unbestimmte Zeit von unserer Tagesordnung gestrichen. Und all das mit ...

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Zionism, BDS, and American Muslim Leadership

[Image from a demonstration in support of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. Image by Mike Glifford/Flickr.]

American Muslims are among the most diverse and heterogeneous national populations of Muslims in the world, made up of many different communities with different histories and priorities, yet American Muslim community leaders regularly refer to American Muslims as a singular community with a shared political agenda. Given the sociological fact of their diversity, consensus among American Muslims, particularly on controversial and divisive religious and political questions, is not a tenable goal. American Muslims do not need to achieve perfect consensus in order to effectively organize around particular political issues of shared concern and speak in a collective ...

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CNN Discusses the Palestinian Perspective with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

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CNN's Anderson Cooper discusses the Palestinian perspective with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani. Cooper got the Israeli view from Mark Regev, top spokesman for Prime Minister Netanyahu prior to this interview.

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Isolating Gaza

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The restriction of Palestinian movement in Gaza and elsewhere has long been a central tactic of the Israeli occupation. During the latest Israeli assault on Gaza considerable media coverage has been given to the Israeli tactic of calling people a few minutes before their homes are bombed. Some observers appear to accept the Israeli contention that this is a humanitarian gesture. Others raise the question of where, in this landscape of violence, in a tiny, densely populated strip of land with no free points of egress, the inhabitants are supposed to go. As Jon Stewart put it, “Evacuate to where? Have you seen Gaza?” Palestinians living in Gaza’s “open air ...

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Reporter Jon Snow on Gaza's Children: Misery and Responsibility

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John Snow of UK's Channel 4, discusses the miserable conditions in Gaza in relation to children, after his return to the studio. He goes beyond the story to address questions of responsibility.  Such reports are hardly shown on mainstream screens in the United States, and beyond.  

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Statement by Palestinian Academics, Public Figures, and Activists in Gaza: No Ceasefire Without Justice

[Image of smoke rising after in Israeli strike in Gaza. Image by Amir Farshad Ebrahimi/Flickr.]

[The following letter was issued by a number of civil society leaders in Gaza. It was originally published on the Electronic Intifada.] As academics, public figures, and activists witnessing the intended genocide of 1.8 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, we call for a ceasefire with Israel only if conditioned on an end to the blockade and the restoration of basic freedoms that have been denied to the people for more than seven years. Our foremost concerns are not only the health and safety of the people in our communities, but also the quality of their lives – their ability to live free of fear of imprisonment without due process, to support their families ...

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Media on the Margins: An Interview with Sky News' Sherine Tadros on Reporting the Israeli Attack on Gaza

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In the early hours of Sunday, 20 July 2014, the Israeli military began indiscriminately shelling the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiya, leaving sixty people dead and more than three hundred injured. The Shujaiya massacre marked the bloodiest day in the latest Israeli assault on Gaza. Sherine Tadros, a Middle East Correspondent with Sky News has been on the ground in Gaza and reporting on the worsening humanitarian crisis there. During the 2008-2009 Israeli war on Gaza, Sherine Tadros and her colleague Ayman Mohyeldin were the only foreign journalists on the ground in Gaza. Their experience covering the war is the subject of the award-winning documentary ...

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رد مصر على الهجوم الإسرائيلي على غزة: مقابلة مع حسام الحملاوي

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أناقش في هذه المقابلة (انظر الفيديو في الأسفل) مع حسام الحملاوي رد حكومة السيسي على الهجوم الإسرائيلي على غزة كوظيفة للسياسة المصرية المحلية، بالإضافة إلى التغير الشجاع في الخطاب حول فلسطين، خاصة حول حماس. يبدأ بمعالجة كيف واصل السيسي لعب الدور الذي لعبه الرئيس السابق حسني مبارك حيال فلسطين؛ باستثناء أن السيسي تجاوزه بأضعاف مضاعفة. ومهما كان ما فعله مبارك لتخفيف معاناة الفلسطينيين، خاصة في غزة، قليلاً، فإن ما فعله السيسي في هذا الصدد أقل بكثير. يشير حسام إلى إغلاق حدود غزة المثير للريبة من قبل مصر في الأوقات الأكثر حرجاً. وحتى في الأوقات الأكثر كارثية، كمثل الهجوم الحالي على غزة، لم تكن هناك أية اعتبارات أو استثناءات. يعالج حسام أيضاً الشيطنة واسعة الانتشار وغير ...

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مقطع من رواية سِفر الاختفاء

[مقطع من رواية "سفر الاختفاء" صدرت الشهر الماضي عن دار الجمل بيروت - بغداد وهي الرواية الثانية للكاتبة]   أشعر بغضب عليك! ذاكرتك المرصعة في رأسي فيها شروخ. هل أنا الذي لا أذكر كل ما قلته أنت لي؟ أم أنك قلت ما لم يستوعبه عقلي؟ كنت صغيراً عندما بدأت أسمع حكاياتك. ولما استنجدت بها، اكتشفت شروخها. بدأت أسألك أكثر فأكثر عن تلك الحكايات. اختلطت عليك الأمور، أو لعلها اختلطت عليّ أنا، كلما سألتك أكثر. وكيف لها ألّا تختلط؟ كنت متأكداً أن هناك مدينة أخرى، فوق هذه المدينة التي نعيشها. ترتديها. كنت متأكداً أن مدينتك التي تتحدثين عنها، والتي لها نفس الاسم، لا علاقة لها بمدينتي. تشبهها إلى حد الجنون؛ الأسماء والبيارات والروائح وسينما الحمراء والأعراس وعيد النبي روبين ...

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كم نكبة عاشها فلسطينيو سيناء؟ الجزء الثاني

[لوحة للفنان الفلسطيني محمد نصر الله]

تناول الجزء الأول من المقال سؤال الشك في معنى (ال) التعريف المقترنة بالحديث عن نكبة 1948، طارحاً استبدالها بالترقيم، ومجادلاً بأن نكبة 1977 - 1979، أو ما يمكن تسميتها نكبة "كامب ديفيد"، لا تقل في حجم تأثيرها على الحقوق الفلسطينية التاريخية ومسار القضية السياسي والاستراتيجي عن النكبة الأولى. وفي الجزء الثاني، أخصُّ فلسطينيّي سيناء بنكبة ثالثة في 2007، ونكبة رابعة في 2013. وعلى الرغم من إدراكي أن استخدام تعبير "نكبة" في هذا السياق قد يوجه له الانتقاد باستهلاكه محلياً في أوضاعٍ وقضايا تخص العدد والنسبة الأصغر من اللاجئين الفلسطينيين في دول الطوق، إلا أني أحاول اختبار دلالته الاصطلاحية في توصيف تجلياته المحلية في سيناء، كمؤشر على التدهور الكبير في القضية ...

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New Texts Out Now: Sheila Carapico, Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice, and Representation

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Sheila Carapico, Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice, and Representation. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Sheila Carapico (SC): After the Cold War, European and American professional democracy brokers flocked to formerly Warsaw Pact and Third World states with projects to monitor elections, promote civil society, train human rights activists, and so forth. They played a conspicuous, indispensable role in establishing the Palestinian Authority, and were increasingly visible in several Arab capitals. I began visiting the foundations that sent these delegations and gathering ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Debates Whether Diplomacy Can End the Conflct in Gaza on Al Jazeera English’s “Inside Story”

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[This video and post were originally published by Al Jazeera English.] US President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he was worried fierce fighting with Hamas in Gaza could escalate, and offered help to broker a ceasefire.   Obama spoke to Netanyahu after Israeli jets pounded Gaza for a fourth consecutive day but did not stop its fighters from launching more rockets. The situation is causing global concern over the rising number of Palestinian casualties.     The United States regards Hamas as a terrorist organization and so is not prepared to negotiate with the group. But John Kerry, the US ...

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The Other Israelis

Following Operation Protective Edge, many cities around the world have witnessed demonstrations sympathizing with the people of Gaza. Tel Aviv had a few as well. Haggai Matar, a leftist activist, participated in one on July 12: The right-wingers announced in advance that they would be coming to physically assault us in the protest. However, police paid no heed to the warnings, nor to the threats made on the scene when the protest began, nor to our requests that the very few police officers ...

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Racism is the Foundation of Israel's Operation Protective Edge

On June 30 Ayelet Shaked, chairwoman of the Knesset faction of the ultra-right wing ha-Bayit ha-Yehudi (Jewish Home) Party, a key member of the coalition government led by Prime Minister Netanyahu, posted on her Facebook page a previously unpublished article written by the late Uri Elitzur. Elitzur, a pro-settler journalist and former chief-of-staff to Netanyahu, wrote Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism… They are all ...

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A City-Sized Prison-House

The no-man’s-land that surrounds the entrance to the Gaza Strip from Israel is a surreal space. Most of the time, it is a hot, flat, quiet place. Tumbleweeds might appear if there was movement in the air and it existed in the Midwest of the United States 200 years ago. But in the Mediterranean of today, the air is still. Only the exposed walk from where the taxi must leave its foreign passenger to the Israeli security point produces a disturbance in the torpor that surrounds this zone. To convey ...

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Joint Declaration by International Law Experts on Israel’s Gaza Offensive

[Prefatory Note from Richard Falk: Posted here is a joint declaration of international law experts from around the world who are listed below as endorsers. I am among the endorsers, and the text was initially drafted by several international law scholars. We welcome additional signatures that can be sent to me in the comments section, with affiliation noted for identification, and names will be periodically added to the text. I view this as an important expression of professional judgment and individual ...

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Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza—Debunked

Israel has killed almost 800 Palestinians in the past twenty-one days in the Gaza Strip alone; its onslaught continues. The UN estimates that more than 74 percent of those killed are civilians. That is to be expected in a population of 1.8 million where the number of Hamas members is approximately 15,000. Israel does not deny that it killed those Palestinians using modern aerial technology and precise weaponry courtesy of the world’s only superpower. In fact, it does not even deny that they are ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Debates the Tactics and Ethics of Warfare on PBS Newshour

This PBS Newshour segement reflect's PBS's concern wiht the "growing number of casualties in the battle between Israel and Hamas" which "raised questions about the tactics being used by both sides." Judy Woodruff invites Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat of George Mason University and Amos Guiora of the University of Utah to discuss and debate accusations that "Hamas is using civilians as human shields and the ethics of targeting civilian areas." The video speaks for ...

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Can Palestinian Men be Victims? Gendering Israel's War on Gaza

Every morning we wake up to an updated butcher’s bill: one hundred, two hundred, four hundred, six hundred Palestinians killed by Israel’s war apparatus. These numbers gloss over many details: the majority of Gazans, one of the most populated and impoverished areas in the world, are refugees from other parts of historic Palestine. It is under a brutal siege, and there is nowhere to hide from Israel’s onslaught.  Before this “war” Gaza was a form of quarantine, a population held captive and ...

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Incremental Genocide: An Interview with Ilan Pappe

In a recent Opinion piece published on Electronic Intifada, Israeli historian Ilan Pappe defines the Israeli policy towards the Gaza Strip as an "incremental genocide." He writes “Israel’s present assault on Gaza, alas, indicates that this policy continues unabated. The term is important since it appropriately locates Israel’s barbaric action—then and now—within a wider historical context.” Malihe Razazan spoke with Professor Ilan Pappe about ways in which we need to examine the ...

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Egypt's Response To The Israeli Assault On Gaza: An Interview With Hossam El-Hamalawy

In this interview (video below), I discuss with Hossam El-Hamalawy al-Sisi's government response to the Israeli assault on Gaza as a function of local Egyptian politics and the bold shift in the discourse on Palestine, Hamas specifically. He starts by addressing how al-Sisi continues to play the role that former President Mubarak did on Palestine, except “on steroids.” Whatever little Mubarak did to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians, particularly in Gaza, al-Sisi exceeded. Hossam refers to the ...

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الاقتصاد الأخلاقي للاستعمار الاستيطاني: إسرائيل و"الصدمة النفسية للإخلاء"

يمكن أن تُجسّد عمليات إخلاء المستوطنات في وضْعٍ استعماريّ لحظات من تمزّق محتمل وقلْب لنظام سياسي متأصّل في انتزاع الملكية. تتّسم لحظات كهذه، في حالة إسرائيل وفلسطين، بالتعبير من جديد عن مشروع الاستعمار الاستيطاني ومعاودة شَرْعَنته. ويحدثُ هذا عبر تطوير اقتصادٍ أخلاقيّ محدّد للاستيطان قائم على التعبئة السياسية للصدمة النفسية. أستخدمُ فكرة الاقتصاد الأخلاقي للاستعمار الاستيطاني من أجل أن أعرّف الطريقة التي عُبِّر بها عن عمليات الإخلاء كصدمة نفسية قومية، وعن المستوطن الذي أُخليَ وجُرّد من ملكيته كضحية ...

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FAQ on Failed Effort to Arrange Ceasefire Between Israel and Hamas

Q: Why do you think Hamas didn't accept the terms of the ceasefire? Rashid Khalidi (RK): Hamas has insisted that there be a lasting resolution of the basic problem of Israel's siege of Gaza, as was promised as part of the 2012 cease-fire, but never implemented in spite of Israel's recognition that Hamas scrupulously maintained the cease-fire until quite recently. The Egyptian proposal makes lifting of the siege conditional on Israel's approval, which means never. Mouin Rabbani (MR): Hamas, ...

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نظرة في حدود القوة و الفعل

  نظرة في حدود القوة والفعل لكل من إسرائيل، السلطة الفلسطينية والشارع الفلسطيني من خلال النظر في عملية البحث عن المستوطنين الثلاثة تسعة عشر يوماً مدة العملية الأمنية التي عنونت إسرائيلياً بـ"عودة الإخوة" في إشارة إلى المستوطنين الإسرائيليين المخطوفين على الطريق بين بيت لحم والخليل حيث يقع تجمع مستعمرات غوش عصيون. تسعة عشر يوما هي مدة العملية التى رأى ولمس فيها المواطنون الفلسطنيون ممارسات عسكرية مباشرة للاحتلال الإسرائيلي كانت تستهدفهم بناء على هويتهم القومية كعرب فلسطينيين ...

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