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Dispatches from the 2015 Palestinian Festival of Literature

[This and all images in this post by Sarah Carr]

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 gave us an introduction to the country that lasted about five minutes. “Jordan is the ‘safety bulb’ of the region”, she declared. It is the only Arab country that has peace ...

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We Are All Uncomfortable: On Academic Boycott & What Is Productive

On 10 May 2014 Israeli forces shot dead Saji Sayel Jarab’a, a nineteen-year-old student at Birzeit University—he is one out of twenty-six Birzeit University students killed. On the same day, the New York Times published a front-page article characterizing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) debates taking place on college campuses nationwide as “divisive,” emotionally charged, and arguing that some Jewish students are made to feel uncomfortable as a result. In one context, academic freedom is the ability to go to school without being shot. In another context, academic freedom is the ability to not have Saji Sayel Jarab’a’s death intrude on one’s comfort. Since last ...

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Academic Freedom, Ethics, and Responsibility: The Silencing and Censoring of Palestine in Western Liberal Academia

A few months ago a story was published on the Yedioth Hakkibutz magazine. The first page of the magazine headlined: “We have expelled, bombed, and killed” and recalled an interview with Mr. Kahanovich, a former combatant in the paramilitary underground terrorist unit Palmach. The interview contained Mr. Kahanovich’s confession about his role and participation in the expulsion and killing of Palestinian civilians during 1948. A few months before, Kahanovich was interviewed as part of a project carried out by Zochrot  (Remembering) an Israeli organization whose priority is to bring to light the silenced Palestinian memories and narratives of 1948, which Palestinians ...

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ما هي النكبة؟

[أطلال كفر عنان، فلسطين. الصور من موقع

[ تعيد "جدلية" نشر هذه المادة ضمن ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين تنشره "جدلية" على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين.] ما هي النكبة؟ تستدعي مفردة النكبة (أو الكارثة) إلى الذاكرة تأسيس دولة إسرائيل على أرض فلسطين عام 1948 عن طريق طرد أكثر من نصف سكان فلسطين التاريخية، وتدمير التراث الفلسطيني، والمؤسسات الاجتماعية والسياسية في الاراضي المحتلة. إن الاجابة الممكنة عن سؤال حول معنى النكبة في الزمن الحاضر يمكن أن نجدها في حوارات الذاكرة الجمعية الفلسطينية، خصوصاً تلك الموجودة في مخيمات اللاجئين الذين تم طردهم خارج حدود فلسطين التاريخية عام 1948. في حوارات الذاكرة الجمعية هذه، لا نجد النكبة كمؤشر واضح على الكارثة التي حاقت ...

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كبرت النكبة: ملف خاص

[لوحة للفنان الفلسطيني إسماعيل شموط]

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 شوحيط، ابتسام عازم، جنان عبده، أمل قعيق، سناء مكركر، إيريت نايدهارت، إيزيس نصير وآخرون. سنفتتح الملف بمقابلة أجرتها إيزيس نصير مع المخرج الفلسطيني ميشيل خليفي، ...

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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 that this prevailing and worrying trend affects Palestinian citizens of Israel as well as those under occupation or in exile. The interactive ...

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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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Black Feminism Is: Reflections on the Black Feminist Think Tank Symposium

Introduction On 20-21 March 2015, hundreds gathered at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to examine black feminism as an intellectual and political practice and to chart a way forward. As faculty, students, and activists from around the United States and beyond, we shared our frustrations with the isolation and invisibility (or, in some cases, notoriety) we have experienced as black women and women of color in higher education. Twenty years after the path-breaking conference “Black Women in the Academy: Defending Our Name, 1894-1994” held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994, our situation and the position of our field of inquiry have not fundamentally ...

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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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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 »

Memory and Forgetfulness in A Settler Colony

As we approach the sixty-seventh anniversary of al-nakba (The Catastrophe)–the term given to the 1948 ethnic cleansing, destruction, dispossession, and uprooting of eight-five percent of Palestinians as a result of the Zionist settler colonization of Palestine and the creation of the Israeli state–one cannot but reflect on the politics of memory and forgetfulness. The dynamics of memory and forgetfulness have common features in all types of states, but they take a different turn when it comes to a ...

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النكبة كمصل في الوريد

[ 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 ...

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حوار مع المخرج السينمائي الفلسطيني ميشيل خليفي

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين ستقوم "جدلية" بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين.] ايزيس نصير: كيف بدأت مشوارك السينمائي؟  ميشيل خليفي: حدث هذا نتيجة لمصادفة! لم يكن هنالك في حياتنا النصراوية ما يفرض أنني سأكون يوماً ما مخرجاً سينمائياً! كل الأفلام التي كنا نشاهدها كانت أفلاماً شعبية تجارية ككل أطفال العالم في الستينيات. هذا ما شكّل لنا المتنفس الوحيد داخل "الجيتو النصراوي" الذي فرضه علينا الاحتلال الإسرائيلي من خلال ...

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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 ...

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

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 ...

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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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