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غزة والبحر

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[ هذا المقال جزء من ”أصوات من أجل غزة" وهو ملف خاص تنشره جدلية على مدار شهر كامل. للإطلاع على بقية المقالات اضغط/ي هنا] يتساوى فلسطينيو غزة أمام جرائم الاحتلال وسطوته على أرواحهم وممتلاكتهم ومكنونات هويتهم، إلا أنهم يختلفون في انتماءاتهم السياسية وخلفياتهم الاجتماعية وتباين أصولهم بين فلاحين وبدو ومدنيين-- يلبس جميعهم ثوب اللجوء أينما حلوا-- وبين مواطنين غزيين أصابهم سهم الاحتلال بلا تمييز.  وفي ظل انحسار الاتصال مع العالم الخارجي ودخول القطاع البائس عامه السابع من الحصار الاسرائيلي المصري، ينفرد بحر غزة في قدرته على توحيد صفوف أهالي غزة المنقسمة على ذاتها. بحر غزة الذي يبسط شواطئه على مصراعيها في وقت تلفظ فيه غزة أبناءها الذين أثقلت البطالة ...

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The Anbar Crisis: Inadequate Response to Increasing Needs

[Logo of the Danish Refugee Council. Image from drc.dk]

[The following press release was issued by the Danish Refugee Council on 12 March 2014] The violence in Iraq's western province of Anbar has displaced more than 340,000 individuals since late December; mostly women, children and elderly people. The Danish Refugee Council calls for humanitarian support from the international community and urges conflict parties to ensure the safe passage of staff and emergency relief to meet increasing needs of vulnerable populations. The erupting violence has caused the displacement of some 250,000 individuals within Anbar now residing in villages, school buildings and unfinished housing projects. Other displaced populations have fled ...

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Asylum and the Right to the City: Lessons from Turkey’s Syrian Guests and Other Urban Refugees

[A Syrian refugee center on the Turkish border. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

The mass movement of Syrians fleeing civil war to neighboring countries has become called the “Syrian refugee crisis.” The sheer volume of refugees brings up questions not only regarding these countries’ financial means and organizational capabilities but also, more importantly, regarding national identity and regional belonging. For example, reports on Jordan point to national concerns about the possible changes in the country’s demographic balance, while refugee rights activists critique Turkey’s open door policy on the grounds that it represents less a humanitarian response than a foreign policy maneuver made to increase Turkey’s influence in the region. The Turkish ...

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The Next Round in Gaza

[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 25 March 2014.] The Next Round in Gaza Overview   The ceasefire between Israel and Gaza has eroded during the past several months and recently threatened to come to an abrupt end. The day after three members of Islamic Jihad were killed by Israel in a border clash on 11 March 2014, the group, apparently in coordination with Hamas, launched the largest salvo of rockets toward Israel since the last major escalation (known in Israel as Operation Pillar of Defence), in November 2012. In a little over a day’s mediation, Egypt restored quiet. But with Hamas’s fortunes declining ...

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

[Protest against Israel's Gaza Blockade and attack on humanitarian flotilla - Melbourne 5 June 2010. Image by John Engvart via Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 Jadaliyya strives 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] Iraq Baghdad Motorbike Blast, Other Attacks ...

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Women's Activism and the Polio Epidemic in Syria

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The international press has spent the last few months actively monitoring the Geneva talks aimed at negotiating a political solution to the present conflict in Syria: from speculation to stagnation and ultimately complete disintegration. Meanwhile, and receiving relatively little media attention, a group of some two hundred Syrian doctors and eight thousand five hundred volunteers have been focusing their efforts on implementing a campaign to vaccinate children against polio in seven northern governorates inside the country. The six-round campaign, which seeks to vaccinate two million children under five in opposition-controlled areas, began in January 2014 and has ...

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Beirut Event--Syrians in Their Neigbhourhood: A One-Day Symposium on the Syrian Refugee Crisis (13 March)

Syrians in Their Neigbhourhood: A One-Day Symposium on the Syrian Refugee Crisis by the Refugee Research and Policy in the Arab World Program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) 13 March 2014 IFI New Building, Auditorium AUB Beirut, Lebanon   The Syrian crisis has become one of the most challenging global humanitarian catastrophes. Inside Syria the grinding conflict has resulted in horrendous loss of life as well as social and economic devastation. A third of Syria’s 22 million people are displaced, with 2.5 million people who are in distress but unable to be ...

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Open Letter: Urgent Need for Cross-Border Aid for Syrians

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[The following open letter was published by Doctors Without Borders on 18 December 2013] Letter to the Member States of the High Level Group on Syria Your Excellencies, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been providing assistance to victims of the Syrian conflict since April 2011, and we welcome the diplomatic negotiations addressing the urgent humanitarian needs in this extremely violent conflict. But we would like to draw your attention to the vital subject of cross-border aid for populations living in opposition-controlled areas in Syria. An urgent need exists to significantly increase cross-border assistance and to prioritize this issue in ...

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New Texts Out Now: John Tofik Karam, On the Trail and Trial of a Palestinian Diaspora: Mapping South America in the Arab–Israeli Conflict, 1967–1972

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John Tofik Karam, "On the Trail and Trial of a Palestinian Diaspora: Mapping South America in the Arab–Israeli Conflict, 1967–1972." Journal of Latin American Studies 45.5 (November 2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? John Tofik Karam (JTK): I didn’t set out to do the kind of research that resulted in this article. I was on leave in 2008-9, during which time I worked in some archives in Asunción, Paraguay for my current book project on Arab diasporic networks at the trinational border where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet. Gathering sources from different archives in Asunción, I began following the chain of events recounted in the ...

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Speaking Love to Power - Love Stories for Social Justice

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Photographers and star-crossed lovers from around the world have gotten together to produce a video for Palestinian lovers this Valentine's Day. The video targets Israel's Citizenship Law, which prohibits Palestinian spouses (read: West Bank and Gaza) of Israeli citizens from gaining residency or citizenship in Israel.   More than 30,000 people are denied basic rights and are threatened with imminent forced separation because of the law. It is important to note that the law disproportionately targets Palestinian citizens of Israel, who are much more likely to marry Palestinians in the territories than Jewish citizens, leading the UN to condemn it as racially ...

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The State of the Western Sahara

[Image of Sahrawi women protesting against Moroccan occupation. Image from WesternSahara/Flickr.]

In June 2013, Maghreb Page co-editor, Samia Errazzouki, and I produced an electronic roundtable of articles describing various historical and political contours of the Western Saharan conflict, opening with a brief summary of its history:  Beginning as a post-colonial dispute between regional powers in the 1970s, the conflict developed and was exacerbated as North Africa became an entangled site of Cold War rivalries. Following the 1975 Madrid Accords, in which Spain conceded on its promises to the Sahrawi people on honoring their right to self-determination through a referendum, Spain instead split the territory between Mauritania and Morocco. By then, the ...

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Counting the “Missing People” of Omdurman: Theatrics in Khartoum, Sudan

[Khartoum Skyline. Image by Mutaz Photography (Mutaz Elneel) via Wikimedia Commons.]

[The essay is based on collaboration between the two authors. AbdouMaliq Simone conducted and wrote the field research about the drama school; he then invited Jadaliyya Cities Page co-editor, Hiba Bou Akar, to contribute. Simone’s field research is based on his life in Khartoum in 1987-1990, and this contribution is part of a larger work in which he reflects on “black urbanism” across cities in Africa, the Middle East, and North America through the figure of Malcolm X. Bou Akar’s contribution is based on secondary sources to provide an overview of the urban context of Khartoum in 1980s and the conflict around the 2008 census; she develops the conceptual framings of the ...

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On the Struggle of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Spring has just landed in Lebanon. Its warmth and colors soothing the dried winter skin of the vast majority of Syrian refugees who resisted icy temperatures and freezing to death underneath thin canvas tents. Lebanon is now home to approximately one million Syrians, displaced from their war-ravaged cities and towns in Syria. Amid unfettered exploitations, Syrian families, forced to seek refuge in Lebanon, have fought a hostile season in a hostile environment that they mistook as neighborly. During the ...

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Reconfiguring Relief Mechanisms: The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

The Issam Faris Institute (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) has released a report, authored by Rabih Shibli, the associate director for Development and Community Projects at AUB’s Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service. The report investigates the impacts of the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, and advocates the reform of current relief mechanisms along more decentralized mechanisms.  The report suggests establishing a new governance system at the level of the eight ...

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Return Unifies Us: Global Day Of Action For And By Palestinian Refugees

 25 March, 2014 On Saturday 22 March, Palestinians held a day of activities in Syria’s devastated Yarmouk refugee camp. In what has now become a rare occurrence for the besieged camp, concerts took place and music was played, organized by the Damascene School, in cooperation with Yarmouk Youth Group, Sawa’ed Group and the Palestinian Charitable Association. This was one of a series of events held as a result of a “Call to Action” on the right of return. The call was put out by several ...

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Squeezing the Life out of Yarmouk: War Crimes Against Besieged Civilians

[The following report was published by Amnesty International on 10 March 2014] Introduction Three years after popular pro-reform then anti-government protests drew a brutal response from the Syrian authorities, leading to the internal armed conflict that continues to rage, around a quarter of a million civilians are living under siege across Syria. Many have endured appalling conditions in their struggle to survive. Most live in areas besieged by Syrian government forces and have been effectively ...

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Beyond Emergency Assistance: Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Iraq

[The following report was published by Refugees International on 4 February 2014] Beyond Emergency Assistance: Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Northern Iraq In less than three years, the Syrian conflict has forced well over two million of that country’s citizens to take refuge in other states. Some 200,000 have fled to the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, and 600,000 to Jordan, the two countries visited by Refugees International (RI) during its most recent mission to the Middle East. These refugees ...

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أصوات من أجل غزة: ملف خاص

”وقال شهود إن طائرات إسرائيلية أغارت مساء اليوم على مناطق في جنوب قطاع غزة وشماله وشرقه. وتزامنت الغارات مع قصف الدبابات الإسرائيلية مواقع قرب الشريط الحدودي بين القطاع والمناطق المحتلة عام 1948، وفقا للمصادر ذاتها.“ هذه الجملة من وسائل الإعلام بالأمس كان ممكن أن تكون من قبل شهر أو سنة أو عشر سنين… كنا بدأنا في جدلية بالتحضير لملف خاص حول غزة قبل أكثر من شهرين. واليوم تتناقل وسائل الإعلام أخبار إنفجارات وتوتر يحوم مجددا حول غزة. لا التوتر ولا الاحتلال كانا قد تركا غزة بالطبع، لكن ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (February 2014)

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written byJadaliyya 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 ...

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Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Health, Access, and Contributions

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (23 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.]  Palestine and Israel  Hell Freezes Over (NYT Publishes Glowing Profiles of Anti-Zionists), Philip Weiss Mondoweiss approvingly ...

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التطورات الأخيرة في الحملة الدولية لمقاطعة وسحب الاستثمارات وفرض العقوبات على اسرائيل

في المقابلة أدناه التي أجرتها قناة الفلسطينية، يناقش الناشط عمر البرغوثي التطورات الأخيرة في الحملة الدولية لمقاطعة وسحب الاستثمارات وفرض العقوبات على اسرائيل. يعالج البرغوثي على وجه التحديد النجاحات الأخيرة للحملة، فضلاً على إشكالية علاقتها مع السلطة الفلسطينية شارحاً سياسات ومفاوضات السلطة مع الحملة. ثم ينهي المقابلة بنقد محاولات التطبيع والحوار التي تسعى إلى تقويض حملة المقاطعة

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (7 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.]  Syria Syria Ships out Less Than Five Percent of Chemical Arms, Anthony Deutsch Syria has delivered only 4.1 percent of toxic ...

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ما هو أكثر شيء تشتاق إليه؟ أجوبة اللاجئين السوريين

ما هو أكثر شيء تشتاق إليه؟ أجوبة اللاجئين السوريين [تمثل الأقوال التالية جزءاً من بحث مستمر يتناول مواضيع اللاجئين السوريين. وتقوم بهذا البحث الأستاذة روشيل ديفيس مع فريق من الباحثين في جامعة جورجتاون.  انقر هنا لقراءة المقالة التي نشرتها روشيل ديفيس وآبي تايلور في صيف 2013 والتي تتناول خلفية وسياق أزمة اللاجئين السوريين في لبنان والأردن. النص: روشيل ديفيس وآبي تايلور. الصور: أندرو فارند وآبي تايلور. ساعد في التحرير والترجمة: لؤي الهاشمي، حسام الجولاني، غريس بنتون، إيما مورفي، نيكولاس ...

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