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O.I.L. Media Roundup (28 March)

[Carthage room, Bardo National Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. Image by Alexandre Moreau.]

[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-Israel Short Doc Looks for the Palestinians in Israeli Elections, +972 +972  features a documentary from filmmakers Tamar Glezerman and Arianna LaPenne on the role of Operation Protective Edge in Israeli elections. Backtracking on Palestinian Statehood?, Josh Ruebner Ruebner writes for The Hill ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (14 March)

[Graffiti in Tunisia featuring the Palestinian flag. Image by Wael Ghabara.]

 [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.] Islamic State The Islamic State's Atrociies--and Our Own, John Feffer Writing for The Nation, Feffer argues that the "public spectacle" nature of Islamic State's atrocities have drawn them much attention, but do not necessarily make them more reprehensible than US atrocities in the ...

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من ذكرياتي عن العام 1948

[أحد مخيمات الاجئين الفلسطينيين في سورية]

في مثل هذه الأيام تعود بالإنسان الذاكرة إلى أيام من عام 1948، عام النكبة، عام التشريد والضياع. وتعود صور الأحداث وذكراها تشغل الذاكرة وتغص حزنا وألماً، فقد مضت أربعة وستون عاماً، إلاّ إنّ الأمل لا يزال يداعب النفس بأن الغد سيكون أفضل.  ولما كنت قد عاصرت تلك المرحلة، وعايشتها، فقد رأيت أن أدوِّنها لأنقل صورة تلك الأحداث إلى القارئ، الذي لم يشهدها. ولدتُ في أواخر 1937 في البيت الذي بناهُ جدّي سعيد أحمد الحسيني، وكان مكوناً من طابقين أحدهما لسكنه وولده إبراهيم، والدي؛ والآخر لسكن ولده الثاني رجائي، عمّي.  وفي الوقت الذي انتقل فيه العم رجائي إلى العمل في المكتب العربي بلندن، أحد فروع المكاتب العربية التي أنشأها موسى العلمي، أُنشئت جماعة "الإخوان ...

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Letter to Sponsors of International Conference for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, regarding Israel's Indiscriminate Bombardment and Destruction of Palestinian Educational Institutions in July and August 2014.

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 25 February 2015] 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,  On behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), I wrote to you in October 2014, to express grave concern over Israel’s indiscriminate bombardment and destruction of Palestinian ...

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الجرف الصامد والدروع البشريّة

  "الجرف الصامد" والدروع البشريّة "تشنّ حركة حماس هجمات على إسرائيل على نحوٍ عشوائيّ، وتفعل ذلك من مناطق مأهولة بالسكّان، وحتّى من الجوامع والمستشفيات والمدارس. وهي تحوّل الجامعات إلى مراكز للذخيرة، وتخزّن صواريخها في الجوامع وفي داخل مدارس الأونروا. يعمل قادتها ومنظوماتها الرقابيّة في الكثير من الأحيان من أقبية المستشفيات، ولا يحارب مقاتلوها بالبزّة العسكريّة الموحّدة (باستثناء ارتدائهم زيّ جيش الدفاع الإسرائيليّ عندما يصبّ الأمر في صالحها). تنتهك حماس جميع الأعراف والمعايير المكتوبة دون أن يهتزّ لها جفن، وبدون ضمير مؤنّب". آسا كاشير، "أخلاقيّات حملة الجرف الصامد"، Jewish Review of Books، خريف 2014 في الوقت الذي يتّهم فيه آسا كاشير ...

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القرار الفلسطيني لمجلس الأمن: فتش عن حق العودة

[لاجئون فلسطينيون في أحد مخيمات اللجوء بعد النكبة. المصدر مدونة

اتسعت حدّة الجدل حول مشروع القرار الفلسطيني الذي قدمه الأردن، العضو العربي الوحيد في مجلس الأمن، بالاتفاق مع الفلسطينيين وجامعة الدول العربية. وعلى الرغم من رفض القرار في 30 ديسمبر/كانون الأول الماضي من قبل مجلس الأمن، فقد أكد الفلسطينيون أنهم سيحاولون تقديمه مرة أخرى. وجاء التأكيد الفلسطيني على لسان سفير فلسطين للأمم المتحدة، رياض منصور، في النقاش الأخير أمام مجلس الأمن حول الوضع في فلسطين، من دون أن يعطي موعداً محدداً، أو إشارة إلى تغييرات قد تطرأ على نواة المشروع. أما السفير الإسرائيلي، رون بروسور، فقد وصف المطالب الفلسطينية في حق العودة وإقامة دولة فلسطينيّة، والتي نص عليها مشروع القرار، بـ"غير الواقعية"، وقال إن "حق العودة ليس موضوعاً للنقاش ...

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Could Cantonizing Palestine Bring Peace?

[A boy displays a sign that reads “This is our land!” during a vigil to mark Land Day in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Wadi al-Naam in present-day Israel, 30 March 2012. Bedouins in the southern Naqab region have resisted decades of ongoing, forced displacement by Israeli authorities. Image by Keren Manor via ActiveStills]

An interesting plan for dividing Israel into provinces was published a few months ago by Haaretz. It suggested a remedy for the fragmentation of Israeli society and its failure to create a melting pot for Jews immigrating to Palestine. In this article I provide a critique of the pros and cons of this plan and offer an alternative. The scheme, laid out by Carlo Strenger and Judd Yadid in a 7 October 2014 article entitled “How Cantonization can save Israel,” admits that Israel’s leaders failed “to impose a monolithic ideological and cultural hegemony on the country’s population.” The Ultra-Orthodox Jews, for example, were not “converted into card-carrying Zionists.” ...

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Interview with Achin Vanaik on the Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and India-Palestine Solidarity

[Congress party candidate Shashi Tharoor appears on a poster next to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. “Can this man be anti-Palestinian?” the caption reads. Palestine is an issue in Kerala's election and Tharoor has been accused of being pro-Israel. Photo by Ranjit Bhaskar

In September 2010, a landmark conference titled “A Just Peace for Palestine” held in New Delhi, India ended with a clear call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel as a strategy for realizing justice for Palestinians. The conference was co-organized by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the Committee for Solidarity with Palestine, the All India Peace and Solidarity Organization, and the recently established Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, (INCACBI). The conference ended with a resolution that called upon “the Indian government to end its military ties with Israel and return to its earlier commitment to the ...

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Call for Submissions: Palestine Yearbook of International Law

Call for Submissions Deadline for Abstracts: 15 February 2015 The Palestine Yearbook of International Law is now inviting submissions of scholarly articles for publication for its next volume, XVIII (2015). Unlike recent years, this upcoming volume will not be based on a specific theme. Therefore, the editors encourage the submission of scholarly pieces of relevance to public international law and Palestine. The Yearbook is edited at Birzeit University’s Institute of Law (Birzeit, Palestine), and published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (The Hague, The Netherlands). The Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook is Mr. Ardi Imseis. At this stage, the Institute of Law will be ...

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درويش خارج النص

[عند حاجز قلنديا. الصورة من الكاتبين]

خلال زيارته الأولى إلى فلسطين، وعند سؤاله عمّا يريد أن يرى في رام الله، أجاب ضيفنا الأسترالي المتخصص في الأدب ما بعد الاستعماري، من دون أي تردّد: قبرَي الرئيس ياسر عرفات ومحمود درويش. ليست الإجابة صدفية، فالأول يُقدّم على أنه أب الوطنية الفلسطينية والثاني شاعرها. هذا التزاوج بين السياسي والشعري في شخصيتي عرفات ودرويش تاريخياً جعلت البعض يتندر بوصف درويش "الشاعر العام" مقابل تعبير "القائد العام" الذي ارتبط بالراحل عرفات. هذا الارتباط الذي طالما جعل درويش صوت الثورة الشعري، أصبح بعد موته أحد عناصر بناء الشرعية الرمزية لمشروع بناء الدولة الذي بدأ يتمأسس بعد أوسلو ليصل ذروته مع وصول محمود عباس إلى رئاسة السلطة الفلسطينية، وتقدمه مؤخراً بعدد من الطلبات ...

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Evolution and Debates about the Concept of Terrorism

[Israeli bombing of PLO headquarters in Tunis, 1985. Image by Israeli Air Force.]

The term “terrorism” has become a permanent fixture in US political vocabulary. However, as recently as the late 1970s this terminology was virtually absent from the rhetorical arsenal of US presidents. Today, people invoke the concept in ways that suggest its meaning is self-evident and consensual. In fact what is and is not described as “terroristic” in the American context is the result of a relatively recent and highly political process of meaning-making. In this process, specific voices and viewpoints have been allowed to shape and inform the totality of the discussion, while others were simply silenced.  The older debates were rekindled recently with the ...

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Who Is Afraid of the International Criminal Court?

[The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC/CPI), Netherlands. Image by Vincent van Zeijst.]

Can the International Criminal Court (ICC) deliver the justice Palestinians have struggled to realize for well over a century? The pursuit of accountability at the ICC is one venue of this struggle. But any sustainable vision of Palestinian liberation must account for the confines of the courtroom in particular international law more broadly. As should be clear to all observers of international law, the odds are stacked against Palestinians in that courtroom. The challenge ahead is to innovate not simply litigation strategies but to put them in conversation with radical popular mobilization. The move to the ICC does offer Palestinians two significant opportunities. ...

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Boycott, Sovereign Anxieties, and the Decolonizing Temporality of Return: A Note on Adi Ophir’s Remarks on BDS

And so it is not I who make a meaning for myself, but it is the meaning that was already there, pre-existing, waiting for me. – Frantz Fanon[1] It is fair to say that the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign has today achieved a certain (belated) level of legibility, or audibility. Its opponents still vociferously and viciously fight it. However, in the United States and European academy it has, with some effort, gained the right to be heard. It is, give or take, an ...

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ابتسام عازم.. عائدة إلى يافا

بعد حيفا، التي شكّلت خلفية لرواية ابتسام عازم الأولى "سارق النوم - غريب حيفاوي"، تحضر شقيقتها يافا في رواية عازم الثانية "سفر الاختفاء"، الصادرة حديثاً عن "دار الجمل". فالمدينة التي ألصقت اسمياً بتل أبيب بعد احتلالها وتهجير سكانها، تشكّل مساحة شخصية للكاتبة التي تخوض في أثقالها، في حقيقة تذبذبها بين واقع فرضه الواقع الاستعماري، المتمثل بتأسيس دولة إسرائيل، وماضٍ يتنفس في جدرانها وأزقتها. لكن عازم لن تفصح صراحة عن "أزمنة" يافا. فهناك تجنّب لاستسهال الذاكرة ...

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New Media and the Spectacle of the War on Terror

US-based artists of the Arab diaspora who have explored the interventionist potential of new media have often done so within the context of the American spectacle: a reality in which life is reduced to mere representation and social interactions and civic engagement are mediated through mass media and mass consumption. This reduction of life into a flow of imagery that renews itself as it permeates the public realm has been scrutinized in art since the 1960s, when the celebratory veneer of the post-war ...

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Open Letter: Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine

[The following open letter was issued by the below signatories on 4 February, 2015.] We support and congratulate UC Santa Cruz on their selection of Angela Davis for UCSC’s 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Convocation The undersigned organizations write in support of UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal for his office’s selection and sponsorship of the Black feminist theorist and activist Angela Davis, a luminary of our movements and our region, who delivered a speech on “Racism, ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (21 February)

[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.] Chapel Hill Shootings The Race Hate We All Know, Nima Azmi Azmi, former president of the Harvard Muslim Law Students Association, writes for ...

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New Texts Out Now: Smadar Lavie, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture

Smadar Lavie, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Smadar Lavie (SL): In February 1999 I was a star academic, on the eve of becoming a full tenured professor at University of California, Davis. I had to pack two suitcases, the family dog, and my son’s cello, and flee with him from Berkeley to save our lives. We were both victims of domestic violence that I kept secret from ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (29 January)

[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.] Law From Inside Prison, a Terrorism Suspect Shares His Diary, Scott Shane The New York Times covers a recently published diary of Mohamedou Ould ...

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Jabra Ibrahim Jabra: Jerusalem, Time Embodied

[This translation is an excerpt of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s twenty-page essay, “Jerusalem: Time Embodied.” It was published by the Modern Library (al-Maktaba al-‘Asriya) press in Beirut in 1967 in a collection of his literary and social criticism entitled, The Eighth Journey. Jabra wrote these recollections of his childhood in Jerusalem before the 1967 war when what we now call East Jerusalem was annexed by Israel. Until Israel captured these neighborhoods (along with the West Bank and Gaza) during ...

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مجلة الدراسات الفلسطينية العدد 101: تطورات القدس ومسألة السلفية الجهادية

صدر العدد 101 (شتاء 2015) من مجلة الدراسات الفلسطينية متضمناً عدداً من المقالات والدراسات والشهادات والتحقيقات، وتناول بشكل خاص التطورات في القدس، في مقالة في باب "مداخل"، لنظمي الجعبة، وتحدث فيها عن استيطان القدس، بعنوان: "استيطان القدس: تنفيذ خطط قديمة"، وتحقيق لعبدالرؤوف أرناؤوط بعنوان: "القدس: هبّة شعبية بلا قيادة" جال فيه على التطورات التي حدثت في القدس في نهاية العام المنصرم. كما توقف  أمل جمال في باب "مداخل" أمام قانون الدولة القومية اليهودية، تحت ...

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عمر» لهاني أبو أسعد: قوة السينما من دون تابوهات»

يُشكّل «عمر» (2013)، الفيلم الجديد للمخرج الفلسطيني هاني أبو أسعد، لحظة سينمائية متفرّدة بحدّ ذاتها في المشهد السينمائي الفلسطيني العربي. لحظة متفرّدة، لأنه يُساهم في تفعيل آلية اشتغال سينمائيّ فلسطيني متحرّر من سطوة التقاليد الصارمة في مقاربة الموضوع الفلسطيني، ومتفلّت من خطابية تُسيء إلى «القضية» وناسها أكثر مما تفيدهم. لحظة متفرّدة، لأنه يغوص في تمزّقات الفرد، ويتيح لهذا الفرد إمكانية قول انفعال، والتعبير عن موقف أو حالة، كجزء من بلد ومجتمع وناس، لكن أولاً وأساساً كفرد له استقلاليته التامة وسط هذه ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (17 January)

 [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.]   Charlie Hebdo Israel Moves Quickly to Exploit Paris Attacks, Ali Abunimah Abunimah speculates about potential political ...

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Israel’s “Jewish State” Bill: Does it Really Change Anything?

The debate taking place in Israel on the bill for a Basic Law titled Basic Law: Israel the Nation State of the Jewish People has seen ebbs and flows since the idea was first floated in 2011. The bill, which aims to emphasize Israel’s Jewish character, is revived periodically and different Members of Knesset proposed different possible versions for it. If approved by the Knesset it would become part of Israel’s partial constitution- a number of Basic Laws that the Supreme Court has declared to have ...

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