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Palestine Media Roundup (July 20- August 15)

[Palestinian loss of land 1946-2010. Image from Wikimedia]

[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 week's roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] Policing How Israel Uses Water to Control Palestinian Life, Charlotte Silver Charlotte Silver highlights Israel’s imposition of water scarcity on the area known as Shufat Ridge as a part of Israel’s larger project for a demographic balance in Jerusalem. El Al Excluding Arab Citizens from New At-Home Check-in Service, NGO ...

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Israel: Where do the Mizrahim fit in? (Part 1)

 Black Panthers poster from 1971. Top text reads,

Many people are unaware that the majority of the Israeli population belongs to one of the two groups that cut across the conventional divide between settlers and natives. These are Palestinian citizens, comprising twenty percent of the population, and Mizrahim, Jews whose origins go back a generation or two to the Middle East and North Africa, and who comprise approximately forty to forty-five percent of the population. Jointly they outnumber Ashkenazim, Jews with origins in Eastern and Central Europe, who have been the dominant group in Israel, socially, culturally and politically. The two groups stand in opposite relations to the Israeli regime: Palestinians are ...

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Has Amnesty International Lost Its Way? A Forensic Analysis of Amnesty’s Reports on Operation Protective Edge (Part 3)

Hamas War Crimes and Violations of International Law The allegation that not just Israel but Hamas as well committed massive war crimes underpins Amnesty’s “balanced” indictment of both sides.  Amnesty’s accusations that Hamas was guilty of  “flagrant violations of international law”—that is, war crimes—fall under two heads: (1) its use of inherently indiscriminate weapons, and (2) its indiscriminate or deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians and civilian objects.  In addition, Amnesty accuses Hamas of having violated the rule of international law requiring it to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians during combat.  Each of these ...

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المشهد الاقتصادي في حيفا قبل سقوطها

[مصدر الصورة أرشيف الباحث الفلسطيني جوني منصور]

منذ حوالى منتصف القرن التاسع عشر بدأت فلسطين تشهد، كبقية بلدان حوض البحر المتوسط الشرقي، تحولاً اقتصادياً كبيراً. فقد ازدادت العلاقات التجارية مع بلدان أوربا الغربية، التي ساهم فيها استخدام البخار لتسيير السفن مما جعل التجارة عن طريق البحر أسرع وأقل تكلفة. وساهم تطبيق النظم الإدارية العثمانية الجديدة، التنظيمات، في زيادة الأمن والنظام مما ساعد على تأمين التجارة. أحدث كل هذا أثراً بعيد المدى على السواحل الشرقية لحوض البحر المتوسط وأخذت المدن الساحلية في النمو والازدهار بشكل كبير. مع أن هذا التحول الاقتصادي كان عاملاً مركزياً في تطوّر حيفا الجديدة، إلا أن نموها وتطورها سارا ببطء شديد، مقارنة بتطور يافا وبيروت. ولم تدخل هذه المدينة طور النمو السريع إلا في أوائل القرن ...

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Quick Thoughts: John Reynolds on Recent Amendments to the Israeli Penal Code

[The Israeli Knesset in session.]

[On 20 July 2015 Israel’s parliament adopted legislation pursuant to which individuals convicted of throwing stones at moving vehicles can be sentence for up to twenty years in prison. To be applied to Israel’s Palestinian citizens and the population of East Jerusalem, it imports military decrees that are already applied by Israel in the occupied territories against Palestinian residents but not Jewish settlers. Jadaliyya asked John Reynolds, lecturer in international law at the National University of Ireland, to explain the context and significance of this legislative initiative] Jadaliyya (J): Please explain the recent changes in the Israeli penal code relating to the ...

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خلافـــــة الرئيـــس

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كلمّا تقدّم الزمن تُطرح مسألة خلافة الرئيس محمود عباس بقوة أكبر، لأن الرئيس تجاوز الثمانين من عمره وانتهت الفترة القانونية لولايته منذ حوالي سبع سنوات من دون إجراء الانتخابات التي لا يعرف أحد متى ستعقد وكيف، مع تأكيد الرئيس المستمر بأنه لن يترشح لولاية ثانية، ما يعني أن معركة التنافس على الخلافة قد بدأت – وإن من وراء الكواليس - منذ فترة طويلة، وهي التي يمكن أن تفسر الكثير مما يحدث من قرارات وإقصاءات. كما أنّ الأطراف المقررة (فتح وحماس) ليستا ناضجتين ولا جاهزتين، ولا تريدان إجراء الانتخابات بالرغم من تأكيدهما المستمر على إجرائها. ما يعطي أهمية استثنائية لمسألة خلافة الرئيس: أولًا: استمرار وتفاقم الانقسام الفلسطيني وما أدى إليه من تعطيل المجلس التشريعي وعدم الاتفاق على ...

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Has Amnesty International Lost Its Way? A Forensic Analysis of Amnesty’s Reports on Operation Protective Edge (Part 1)

[Amnesty International Logo.]

Amnesty International is among the premier human rights organizations in the world.  Its pronouncements shape public opinion, while councils of state feel obliged if not to heed them at any rate to respond.  A movement for justice aspiring to reach a broad public and inflect state policy can ill afford to ignore Amnesty if and when it goes astray.  It is the contention of this monograph that Amnesty has indeed lost its way, and it is the intention of this monograph to document this proposition, in the hope that Amnesty will perform—or its grassroots membership will compel it to perform—a midcourse correction. In recent years, Amnesty International has ...

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Quick Thoughts: Nathan Thrall on the Gaza Strip One Year After Israel’s Operation Protective Edge

[On 7 July 2014 Israel launched Operation Protective Edge (OPE), its most devastating assault on the Gaza Strip since the 1967 June War. Nathan Thrall, Senior Analyst with the International Crisis Group (http://www.crisisgroup.org) who regularly conducts research in the Gaza Strip, reflects on the ramifications of this conflict one year later. This instalment of Quick Thoughts is the first of a series Jadaliyya is conducting with Crisis Group Middle East analysts.]  Jadaliyya (J): One year after Israel's Operation Protective Edge, how would you describe the popular mood in the Gaza Strip? Is OPE still relevant for people, and if so, how? Do people reflect back ...

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New Texts Out Now: Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon, The Human Right to Dominate

[Cover of Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon,

Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon, The Human Right to Dominate. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon (NP & NG): There were two concrete developments that prompted the writing of this book. The first was the recent appearance of Israeli settler human rights NGOs, which is a new type of actor that, in spite of its local specificities, aligns ideologically with conservative organizations around the globe. The settler NGOs are a manifestation of institutional transformations within the culture of human rights in the colonial situation of Israel/Palestine. Moreover, these ...

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If Israeli Tactics in Gaza Are Legal, No One is Safe: Response to Michael N. Schmitt and John J. Merriam

[IDF's Nahal Brigade conducting a search in the Hebron area. Image by Israeli Defense Forces.]

In their forthcoming paper, The Tyranny of Context: Israeli Targeting Practices in Legal Perspective, Michael Schmitt and John J. Merriam examine Israel’s targeting practices against the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. Their purpose is to scrutinize the context in which these attacks take place as well as the Israeli Army’s relevant legal standards regulating them. Their findings are based on two visits to Israel in December 2014 and February 2015. During those visits, the Israeli Army granted them: …unprecedented access that included a “staff ride” of the Gaza area, inspection of an Israeli operations center responsible for overseeing combat operations, a visit to a ...

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أسماء فلسطين الحُسنى

[اللوحة للفنان السوري اسماعيل شموط]

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين تقوم "جدلية" بنشره]   ـ 1 ـ سواءٌ أكان التاريخ قطاراً يعبر المحطاتِ بمواقيتَ معلومةٍ، وباتجاه هدفٍ راسخ، أم سلسلةَ طوفاناتٍ هَوْجاءَ تندفع من منابعَ غامضةٍ شتّى، وليس لها قصدٌ إلاّ خلخلةُ الأرض وتقليبُ المصائر، فإنّ ما يحرّكه دائماً وقودٌ واحد: تضحياتُ الناس. مثلما تَنشر الشمسُ دمَها على الأفق قرباناً صامتاً لسيادة الظلام، تستجيب بعض الشعوب لنداء الأُفول؛ تَغرق ببطءٍ وجلال من دون أن تخلِّف أثراً غيرَ أصداءِ الأنين وتلويحاتِ الوداع. شعوبٌ أخرى تواجه تيّاراتِ الهاوية بمجاديف الروح صائغةً من لحظات المواجَهة رموزاً حيّةً تجتمع فيها حرارةُ الألم، وجمالُ ...

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Roundtable on Citizenship for Palestinian Refugees

[Jafra Palestinian Youth Center in Yarmouk Camp. Also location of Yarmouk PFLP office. Image by Wikimedia Commons User Tobbe.]

A Bold Proposal: Palestine Should Give Its Refugees Citizenship [Engiish followed by Arabic translation]   By Fateh Azzam Overview  Now that Palestine is recognized as a state, the next bold step for Palestine is to confer citizenship on its stateless refugees and enter into bilateral agreements with other states regarding the status of Palestinian citizens in each country. In making the case for such a move, Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Fateh Azzam is well aware of the treacherous political waters that this proposal entails. However, he argues that it is worth considering from all its aspects, including the potential problems, as it could be a long ...

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Israel: Where do the Mizrahim Fit In? (Part 2)

See part one of this piece here. In the first part of the article, I discussed the consolidation of a new Israel-based Mizrahi identity by the 1970s and the rise of radical protest associated above all with Black Panthers movement. Much of dissatisfaction with state policy and social marginalization, however, was channeled into support for the resurgent Right wing Likud, which won elections under Menahem Begin’s leadership in 1977 and 1981. The main reason for the shift to the Right was the rejection ...

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Essential Readings: Palestinians in Latin America

Palestinian struggles in maintaining a strong national identity have been affected by the emergence of three similar yet distinct groups: internally displaced persons; refugees in exile; and Palestinians who have emigrated from their homeland to countries outside of the Middle East. This third group includes descendants born outside of their ancestral homeland. Narratives of Palestinians living in Latin America, falling in the third group, have been largely neglected in scholarly discourses. They do not ...

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The Architecture of Nostalgia

The Invisible Landscape and Concrete Futures: A Solo Exhibition of Hazem Harb, Salsali Private Museum, Dubai. 3 March—1 September 2015 Contemporary colonialism—exemplified by Israel’s occupation of Palestine—asserts its hegemony through the manipulation of two key sites: historical narratives and physical infrastructures. The effacement of Palestinian presence on the land before 1948 constitutes a crucial part of the former strategy; the construction of walls and settlements that keep Palestinians ...

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سلام فياض: المجتمع المدني يحصد ما زرعته يداك

ترددت في نشر هذا المقال، وخفت أن يُفهم أنه اصطفاف مع الرئيس واجراءاته ضد سلام فياض، وللأمانة أنا ضد سياسات الرجلين الذين تحالفا لسنوات وأوصلانا لما نحن فيه! لماذا ألوم سلام  فياض ولا ألوم الحمدلله؟ سلام فياض قدم نفسه صاحب رؤية ومشروع وفوق ذلك لديه أيديولوجية وفكر ليبرالي (بعيداً عن اقتصاد السوق المفتوح) يؤمن بالحريات والتعددية والديمقراطية.  في حين أن الحمدلله لم يقدم نفسه إلا موظف عمومي ينفذ ما تم خطه لحكومته من مهمات أربع ليس عليه الاجتهاد ليضيف لها مهمة خامسة. الحمدلله- رئيس جامعة عريقة- ...

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Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions: Advice for Anthropologists

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions is a group of concerned scholars, part of the growing global movement calling for Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel. The boycott movement seeks to end Israel’s widespread, systematic, and long-standing violations of the rights of the Palestinian people whether in exile, under occupation, or consigned to second-class citizenship. The academic boycott is particularly concerned with Israel’s violations of ...

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Why are LGBT Equality Organizations Joining Forces with Israel Advocacy Groups?

The widespread celebration of the recent US Supreme Court decision on gay marriage provides a great opportunity to think about how governments and their institutions get politically rebranded.  These days, same-sex marriage is firmly considered a liberal or progressive issue.  Images of gay couples getting married stir sentiments about liberation, freedom and equality. Marriage, sexual freedom and equality are now wound together in the cultural imagination. This is a very big ...

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Jadaliyya Launches New Palestine Page

Since its launch in 2010, Jadaliyya has published many incisive pieces on Palestine and the Palestinians across a broad disciplinary spectrum. We have examined issues as diverse as Palestinian refugees in Syria, the assault on Palestinian advocacy in US academia and the public sphere, and Palestinian film and art. This is all in addition to extensive reportage, analysis, and interviews on the current state of Palestine, its politics and people. To date, these articles have been featured on the ...

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Arab Film on Israeli Television: An Interview with Eyal Sagui Bizawe

Eyal Sagui Bizawe is an Egyptian-Israeli artist who with Sara Tsifroni co-directed the recently released documentary “Arab Film”. It tells the story of the social and cultural phenomenon of the weekly Arabic-language movie that was for decades shown on Israeli television every Friday evening. In an age where the only television stations were public terrestrial broadcasters transmitting for only a few hours a day, the Israeli state did not issue its first broadcast license until 1966 and transmission ...

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الصورة الوحيدة ليسرا

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين تقوم "جدلية" بنشره.]   زرت مغارة شقبا في يوم حار، هناك عثرتُ على دوروثي غارود، عالمة الآثار البريطانية، كنت أبحث عن اكتشافاتها في فلسطين. دهشت خلال البحث من الأهمية التي تحتلها المغارة في علم الآثار ومن أهمية وادي نطوف الذي أسفلها. بعد عمليات التنقيب في المغارة أطلقت غارود على إحدى فترات العصر الحجري "الفترة النطوفية" نسبة للوادي وهي فترة تميزت بانتقال الإنسان من الصيد إلى ...

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BY COLONIAL DESIGN: Or 'Why we say we don’t know enough'

[The following is the text of a presentation given at the panel entitled “Anthropologists and Controversial Engagements: The Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions," featuring Lisa Rofel, Ghassan Hage, Magid Shihade, Lara Deeb, Jessica Winegar, Nadia Abu El-Haj, and Ann Stoler. The panel was held as part of the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association on 4 December 2014] I am honored to be here and to have been asked to speak in this forum today. I do so at once eagerly and ...

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The Art of Posing

Zones of Contention: After The Green Line. 8 February – 3 May 2015. The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In March 2015, I delivered an invited “Point of View Talk” at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Weatherspoon Art Museum on Zones of Contention: After the Green Line, an exhibit of works by Palestinian and Israeli artists, including a piece by Belgian Francis Alÿs, from which the exhibit draws its title. The ...

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في روشميا براكية وسردية للنكبة المستمرة

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين ستقوم "جدلية" بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين.]    في روشميا براكية وسجائر بيتية تُلف على مهل وبعناية تضاهي فن تحضير طبق ورق عنب مشتهى، ُتلتهم ببطء ، بمزاج المتأملين الرابضين في العزلة. عزلة خاصة بالرافضين والصابرين ، تُمارس بصمت اختياري، دون طقوس أو شعارات. هكذا يعيش يوسف حسان (أبو العبد) وآمنة أبو فودة (أم سليمان) في براكيتهم في وادي روشميا منذ 1959. يسكنان زمانية السكان الأصليين ...

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