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Jadaliyya’s sister organization, Quilting Point, along with regional and national partners, announce the launch of Status/الوضع Audio Journal. A multi-stage project, Status will bring you critical, Independent, and taboo-less interviews, conversations, reports, reviews, satire, and more, on a regular basis. Our partners include Mada Masr, Assafir, GMU Middle East Studies, AUB’s Asfari Institute, and KPFA’s VOMENA in San Francisco. Tune in at www.statushour.com.

Palestine

Give Palestinian Children a Voice

I am Rama. I wish I could have my old classroom back. I am 10 years old and in fifth grade. My classroom in Gaza has been destroyed. I hope that it is rebuilt one day soon so I can study with my friends inside it once more. I have so many fond memories in this place. Photo by UNRWA.

Twenty-five years ago today world leaders adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most complete statement in history of humanity’s aspiration to give children universal rights protection to achieve their full potential. This noble document outlined the steps that we should all take to allow the youngest and most vulnerable in our communities to realise the highest levels of human dignity.   A quarter a century on, the abysmal situation on the ground confronting the Palestine refugee children we serve makes a mockery of that convention. We see schools bombed, children killed and maimed, families torn apart and forced to flee their homes and ...

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منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية: حان الوقت للتوقف عن المماطلة

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منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية/ فلسطين: حان الوقت للتوقف عن المماطلة تطلُّ علينا منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية كلَّ يوم تقريبًا بمبادرةٍ دولية جديدة للاعتراف بها "كدولة" أو لإنهاء الحكم العسكري الإسرائيلي. وفي الآونة الأخيرة، أعلنت المنظمة أنها تعتزم استصدار قرارٍ من مجلس الأمن الدولي يحدد مهلة ثلاث سنوات كموعدٍ أخير لإنهاء الاحتلال الإسرائيلي لأراضي عام 1967. ويأتي هذا الإعلان بعد عامين من الجهود الرامية إلى الحصول على اعتراف البلدان الأخرى "بدولة فلسطين" – وهي جهود أثمرت مؤخرًا بأنْ أصبحت السويد أولَ دولةٍ أوروبية كبرى تعترف بدولة فلسطين، رغم تسونامي الانتقادات الموجهة إليها حين أعربت عن نيتها. وثمة حديث يتردد كثيرًا ...

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NYC Event--Can Palestinian Men Be Victims? Gendering Israel's War on Gaza (3 November 2014)

Join the History of Women and Gender Program, the Middle East and Islamic Studies Department, the Hagop Kevorian Center, and Students for Justice in Palestine on Monday 3 November, 12:30-2:00pm for a discussion with Jadaliyya Co-Editor and Professor Maya Mikdashi about gendered hierarchies of victimhood in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Maya’s original article, published in Jadaliyya, can be found here. A light lunch will be served.  Title: Can Palestinian Men Be Victims? Gendering Israel's War on Gaza (3 November 2014) Date/Time: November 3, 12:30pm-2:00pm Location: KJCC (53 Washingston Sq South), Rm 607 RSVP: hew228@nyu.edu

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الحراك الجمعيّ على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي: تشكيل البدائل وبناء الرأي العام

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  تمنح وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي، والتي اصطلح على تسميتها الإعلام الاجتماعي أو الجديد، مساحة من التعبير بوسائط متعددة ولغات مختلفة. فقد أتاحت مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي فرصاً شتّى لمستخدمي الانترنت لصنع حراك جمعيّ حول قضية ما.  لكن القضية المتعلقة بهذا الطرح هي القدرة على استبدال التواصل والاتصال المباشرين بالتواصل عبر الانترنت من جهة، أو الاستغناء عن وسائل الإعلام التقليدية (التلفاز والإذاعة والصحيفة)، التي أثبتت تحيزّها في العديد من القضايا الدوليّة، من جهة أخرى. العديد من الآراء تشكك بقدرة الإعلام الاجتماعي على تشكيل بديل عن الحراك الفعلي والتواصل المباشر، فمثلاً في كتاب (إعلام جديد، حراكات جديدة(1) يقول الباحثان وولغريف وإلست إن: "هناك شكوكاً حول ...

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Press Release: Announcing the Website of Watch/Raqeb -- An Arab Regional Project on Information Access

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 [The following press release was issued on 22 October 2014 by Watch/Raqeb] -Watch/Raqeb- is pleased to announce the launch of its website www.watchinfo.org. Led by a community of youth from several Arab countries, including Egypt, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia, -Watch/Raqeb- is a multi-layered effort to offer Arab citizens a nuanced perspective on how international politics are playing out in the Middle East. It seeks to enhance and nuance public knowledge and to support greater popular participation in deliberating future and existing policies in Arab countries.  Guiding the project’s mission is strong belief in Arab citizens’ right to knowledge ...

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Debt and Obligation in Contemporary Ramallah

[Banners by Bank of Palestine advertising savings. Photo by C. Harker]

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 Bank. This is not least because residents owe increasingly large sums of money to those banks. In this essay I chart the ways financial debt has proliferated in Ramallah. ...

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

[Cover of Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri, editors,

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 social and urban change, specifically in relation to negotiations of the right of space of previously unrepresented groups such as children and women and in the context ...

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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 America (MESA) to express grave concern over Israel’s indiscriminate bombardment and destruction of Palestinian educational institutions, including the destruction of 22 ...

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

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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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Displaced Intentions

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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 filmmaker discloses an ulterior motive behind making the documentary. She writes, “The film reveals for the first time, the story of Mahmoud Darwish’s first love—a ...

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Sexual Violence, Women’s Bodies, and Israeli Settler Colonialism

They not only invaded our home, took over our space, and evicted us—they even arrested me and took me to the Maskubya—the police station.  I was put in room number four, alone, for a long time.  Then, a big and tall man, a police officer, entered the interrogation room.  I was alone, and started shivering from fear as he closed the door, started moving things around in the room and examining me from head to toe.  I was terrorized, and my heart was beating so fast.  His eyes ...

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Why Anthropologists Should Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions

On Israel and Palestine: Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israeli Institutions In its best moments, anthropology is a discipline that is dedicated to social justice. It is a discipline that has historically stood up for marginalized peoples around the world. Anthropologists have not always lived up to these best ideals, of course, and the history of our discipline includes cooperation with colonial and imperial regimes and with war machines. Yet there have always been anthropologists who have criticized ...

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Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (Audio Recording)

George Mason University’s Middle East Studies Program, Global Programs, New Century College (NCC) and the Trans-Arab Research Institute welcomed four international law experts to discuss the political and legal implications of an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. This discussion was held on Monday, October 20, 2014. In July and August, hostilities in the Gaza Strip left 2,131 Palestinians and 71 Israelis dead, including 501 Palestinian children and ...

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UNRWA Spokesperson Challenges Center for Near East Policy Research and Fox News on Gaza (Video)

In this debate on Fox News, UNRWA Spokesperson Christopher Gunness  and the Center for Near East Policy Research's David Bedein debate the issue of the role of UNRWA in Gaza and US funding for the "reconstruction" of Gaza. The power of this debate is the manner with which Gunness exposes the comprehensive fraudulence at the heart of the Center for Near East Policy Research's right-wing agenda and particularly its recent attempted indictment of UNRWA's role in the Gaza Strip. Perhaps ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Call for Participants: 2015 PARC Faculty Development Seminar (May 14-25, 2015, Jerusalem and the West Bank)

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its sixth Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine. This 12-day seminar is for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine.   PARC will select 10 to 12 U.S. faculty members to participate in Jerusalem-based activities that will include roundtable discussions, tours of historic cities, and visits to local universities, research institutes, and cultural institutions in the West ...

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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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Call for Applicants: 2015-16 PARC Fellowship for US Scholars Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 16th annual competition for doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships in Palestinian studies. Fellowship awards tange from $6,000 to $9,000. Full proposals due December 22, 2014 Awards announce Important Information: Research must contribute to Palestinian studies. Any area of Palestinian studies will be considered, including the humanities, social sciences, economics, law, health and applied sciences. Purely scientific ...

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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 ...

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