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New Texts Out Now: Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, Unsettled Belonging: Educating Palestinian American Youth After 9/11

[Cover of Thea Renda Abu El-Haj,

Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, Unsettled Belonging: Educating Palestinian American Youth After 9/11. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Thea Renda Abu El-Haj (TRAEH): Unsettled Belonging is a deeply personal book. I came to the US to attend Swarthmore College in the early 1980s. Having grown up in Iran and Lebanon, and traveled often to spend time with my family in Palestine, my political consciousness was shaped by ongoing fallout from legacies of colonialism. It was not an easy time to articulate a political commitment to justice in Palestine. Even among the many left-leaning political activists who were working hard to ...

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Declaracion de la Delegacion de Prisioneros, Academicos, y Laborales de EE.UU., en Solidaridad con, a Palestina

[La siguiente declaración fue emitida por La Delegación de Prisioneros, Académicos, y Laborales de EE.UU., en Solidaridad con, a Palestina en abril de 2016.] Nos Paramos con Palestina en el espíritu de " Somoud " (Firmeza) La Delegación de Prisioneros, Académicos, y Laborales de EE.UU., en Solidaridad con, a Palestina, 24 de Marzo al 2 de abril del año 2016 En un momento de creciente resistencia a la violencia estatal y la injusticia en el mundo entero, una delegación de diecinueve activistas estadounidense de los campos laborales, académicos, y anti-prisión viajó a Palestina en marzo de 2016. Nuestra delegación estaba integrada por ex presos, ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 19)

[Syrian and Iraqi refugees arrive from Turkey to Skala Sykamias, Lesbos island, Greece. Image by Georgios Giannopoulos.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Refugees' Deportation So The Greece Deportations Are Going ‘Smoothly’? Take A Closer Look Apostolis Fotiadis expresses concerns about coercion and force being used during the first flow of refugees deported to Turkey under the new EU-Turkey deal.   Is The Migrants' Deportation from Greece Legal? In this segment of Al Jazeera’s ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 29)

[Diyarbakir, March 15. Image by Mahmut Bozarslan]

English Violence in Turkey Bosporus 'Bulls' Defy Terrorist Threat Kerim Karakaya reports that investors remain positive about Turkey as an investment prospect, having factored the country’s instability into their calculations over the course of 2015. The Wrong Mindset to Fight Terrorism Yasin Aktay, member of parliament for the AKP, claims that the differential mourning for terrorist attacks in Turkish cities versus those in Europe is rooted in the fact that Europeans are “nonchalant towards PKK terrorism.” Mathematics of Terrorism Hatice Karahan calls for more scientific approaches to the question of terrorism, particularly the use of computer modeling that, ...

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Report: The Welfare of Syrian Refugees: Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon

The World Bank and the UNHCR released a new report entitled The Welfare of Syrian Refugees Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon, co-authored by Paolo Verme, Chiara Gigliarano, Christina Wieser, Kerren Hedlund, Marc Petzoldt, and Marco Santacroce, available for download through the Open Knowledge Repository.  This report is the result of a mainly quantitative joint study by the World Bank and the UNHCR, using survey and registry data about Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Syria, in order to assess their financial and social status, and to evaluate existing policies towards the refugee situation. The results reveal a complicated situation in which high levels of ...

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اللاجئون السوريّون في المدن الألمانيّة: آليّات إعادة توطينهم وآثارها على البنى العمرانيّة في المدينة

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تتطرّق هذه المقالة إلى سكن اللاجئين السورييّن المقيمين في ألمانيا. بناءً على تجربتي في المعيشة في مخيم للّاجئين في مدينة كولن والمواد المتوفرة المتعلّقة بالموضوع تتطرق هذه المقالة بالدرجة الأولى إلى الأنماط المختلفة للمساكن المؤقّتة للّاجئين السوريين في ألمانيا و بالدرجة الثانية إلى العمليّة التي يمرّ اللاجئون السوريون من خلالها أثناء بحثهم عن مساكن دائمة. تناقش المقالة بالدرجة الثالثة و الأهم التغيّر الجاري في البنى العمرانيّة و الاجتماعيّة في ضوء العمليّة المستجدّة لإعادة توطين اللاجئين. على الرغم من وجود مستوىً معيّن من الفصل العمراني المتجلّي في البنية العمرانيّة لمدينة كولن على شكل تجمّعات للمهاجرين كالعديد من المدن الألمانيّة الأخرى (Friedrichs 1998, p.1) إلّا ...

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New Texts Out Now: Anthony Gorman and Sossie Kasbarian, Diasporas of the Modern Middle East: Contextualizing Community

[Cover of Anthony Gorman and Sossie Kasbarian, editors,

Anthony Gorman and Sossie Kasbarian, editors, Diasporas of the Modern Middle East: Contextualizing Community. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Universtiry Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Sossie Kasbarian (SK): The book came out of a workshop that we convened at the University of Edinburgh in October 2011. At the time, I was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) based at Islamic and Middle East Studies (IMES) at the University of Edinburgh. During my time there, Tony and I set up an MSc in Middle East Diasporas and were teaching the two core courses; one was theory focused, while the other ...

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Engaged Anthropology: The AAA’s Task Force Report on Israel/Palestine

[Photo by Rawan Nassrallah via Wikimedia Commons]

On 8 October 2015, Israeli security forces brutally beat and arrested two students of Birzeit University, a major Palestinian university in the West Bank. In response, Birzeit issued an appeal to academic and human rights institutions to speak out against the crimes of the Israeli occupation. The university’s appeal is one of hundreds coming in the wake of Israeli actions that violate Palestinians’ academic freedom and human rights inside the occupied territories, as well as in Israel, where Palestinians account for 20% of the citizenry. For decades, Palestinian academics and human rights advocates have asked their colleagues in the West and elsewhere to stand with them ...

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The Early Plight of Humanitarianism

[Cover of Keith David Watenpaugh,

Keith David Watenpaugh, Bread from Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015 America is a comfortable and rich country. We have safe homes….Their homes are in ruins….The moan of a race moves out across the heart of a stricken world. This emotive call from a Near East Relief (NER) pamphlet to assist destitute Armenians, entitled The Cry of a Million: Exiled Destitute Dying, was published in 1916, but its words resonate across Europe a century later. The mass deportation and genocide of the Armenian community in 1915 helped trigger new ways of thinking about “human rights” and ...

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كيف تصبح انتفاضة ثالثة؟

[مصدر الصورة ا.ب]

كتب الكثير خلال الأيام العشرة الماضية عن الأحداث الجارية في وسائل الإعلام الفلسطينية والإسرائيلية والأجنبية، على الرغم من قصر هذه الفترة، وبخاصة ما إذا كانت انتفاضة ثالثة، أم "هبة"، أم شيئاً آخر كلياً. ولا أريد هنا التوقف كثيراً حول التسمية، لكن هناك جانباً قد يكون من الضروري الإشارة إليه، لأنه لا يتعلق فقط بالتسمية، وإنما بجوهر الموضوع، وهو الأمر الذي سأعود إليه بعد قليل. وأشير مباشرة إلى أن السبب الرئيسي في حيرة الكثير من المعلقين الفلسطينيين، إضافة إلى قيادة الجيش الإسرائيلي، ووسائل إعلام دولية، حول ما إذا كانت هذه الأحداث هي انتفاضة ثالثة أم لا، هو الافتراض الخاطئ أن أي انتفاضة ثالثة ستكون شبيهة بالانتفاضة الأولى أو بالثانية. هذا الافتراض الضمني أو الصريح ...

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لكي تنتصر الانتفاضة

[مصدر الصورة آ.ب]

ليس المطلوب المبالغة في الجدال حول تسمية ما يجري، "هبة" "موجة" "انتفاضة" "ردة فعل دفاعية"، فما يجري، بغض النظر عن التسمية، دليل حيّ جديد على قيامة المارد الفلسطيني من القمقم الذي عاش فيه، خصوصًا خلال السنوات العشر الماضية. لقد سقطت كل التحليلات التي نظّر أصحابها بأن زمن الانتفاضات قد ولّى، وأنّ الشعب الفلسطيني تمزّق وأمعن في الإحباط وتنعّم بالسلام الاقتصادي وخيرات السلطة، وأنه لن تقوم له قائمة لفترة طويلة. لقد أظهرت "الانتفاضة" بأن الفلسطينيين قادرون على التحرك بالرغم من الانقسام الأسود والدمار العربي وتهميش قضيتهم، وتفوق إسرائيل واستفرادها بهم متسلحة بالدعم الأميركي والعجز والنفاق الدولي، وأثبتوا أنهم قادرين على الفعل ...

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Roundtable On Refugee Crisis: Historical Legacies, Political Context, and Legal Mechanisms

[Silhouette of people viewing tower and refugees behind metal bars and barbed wire. Image from Shutterstock]

Seemingly overnight Europe is confronted with a phenomenon already being experienced in Amman, Damascus, Beirut, Gaziantep and other cities in the Middle East: large numbers of desperate refugees fleeing war, destruction and economic destitution. The policy response of Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon to this influx has come under deserved scrutiny. Still, whatever their faults these countries have hosted millions of refugees despite, in the cases of Lebanon and Jordan, strained resources and weak infrastructure. Fifty-five percent of the world’s refugee population today resides in the Middle East, making it home to the largest concentration of refugee populations globally. ...

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Syrian Refugees and the Map of a Dangerous Journey: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Alia Malek

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Malihe Razazan speaks with Alia Malek about Malek's article "The Road to Germany $2400" which recently appeared in Foreign Policy.  Alia Malek is a journalist, civil rights lawyer, and author of A Country Called Amreeka: Roots, American Stories. She is currently a Puffin Foundation writing fellow at the Nation Institute and at work on a book about Syria.   The interview is divided into three parts which you can click on ...

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Press Release: Anti-Prison, Labor, Academic Delegation Takes Stand against Israeli State Violence, Affirms Solidarity with Palestinian People

[The following press release was issued by The U.S. Prisoner, Labor and Academic Solidarity Delegation to Palestine in April 2016] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—April 16, 2016 On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Anti-Prison, Labor, Academic Delegation Takes Stand against Israeli State Violence, Affirms Solidarity with Palestinian People Press Contact:       Rabab Abdulhadi: 914 882-3180 Johanna Fernandez: 917 930-0804 Claude Marks: 415 652-8444 Laura Whitehorn: 646 469-7329 Or respond to: ...

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مروان البرغوثي: نحو توليد نخبة سياسية فلسطينية جديدة

 التاريخ محكوم بالسير قُدماً، ومن الخطأ القاتل الوقوف عكس اتجاه سير التاريخ. ومقاومة الشعوب للاستعمار والظلم والقهر والاحتلال والعبودية والاستغلال والاعتداء على الكرامة الإنسانية، عناصر كلها تتفق مع هذا المسار الطبيعي، وبالتالي فإن علاقة الشعب المُستَعمَر والمقهور بالاستعمار الكولونيالي، هي علاقة رفض ومقاومة ومقاطعة بمختلف الوسائل والسبل، وليست علاقة تعايش أو مهادنة. لقد جاءت الهبّة الشعبية الحالية، كما انتفاضة الأقصى في سنة 2000، كانعكاس للتناقض المحتدم بين المُستعمِر والمُستعمَر، وكردٍّ صريح ...

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Conference: AUB City Debates 2016: March 2-4

The yearly City Debates conference is organized by the graduate programs in Urban Planning, Policy and Design (MUPP-MUD) at the American University of Beirut. This year's City Debates stems from a relational and multi-scalar understanding of urban policy as an assemblage of ideas and tools that circulate and transform. It seeks to examine how international aid promotes the mobility of urban policy ideas, and mobilizes a range of stakeholders, and technologies in the process. City Debates 2016 explores ...

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The Art of Healing: Syrian Refugee Children Express Themselves

[Note: The children's portraits are not paired with their drawings, for the sake of their privacy. The young artists of the drawings are kept anonymous and all children are only referred to by first name, when permitted.] The Syrian civil war has created the largest refugee crisis in a generation, yet the world has not provided for nearly enough of them. Many Syrians, mostly children, still need the basics: shelter, education, food, and security. Many also need psychosocial support and therapy to cope ...

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The Ambiguous Encampment of the World

Michel Agier (ed.), Un monde de camps (A World of Camps), (Paris: La Découverte, 2014). The refugee camp is a topic of interest for many social scientists coming from different disciplines such as geography, urban studies, and anthropology. Literature on refugee camps has often been fragmented according to regions or to their particular dynamics (Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East, refugee camps of the past decade's wars in different parts of Africa, administrative detention centres for ...

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Prominent Anthropologists Explain Why They Support the AAA Boycott Resolution

On 20 November 2015, members of the American Anthropological Association will vote on a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Over the past year, a number of prominent anthropologists have written eloquently about why they support such a boycott, urging their colleagues to join them in that support. Here are some of the highlights:         Lisa Rofel & Ilana Feldman, Why Anthropologists Should Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions James Ferguson, Israel BDS - ...

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Eyes on the Sea: Syrian Refugees Flee Egypt

In June 2014, photographer Ebrahim Elmoly started a project to document the lives of Syrian refugees in Egypt. He spent one month each following three families. Below are their stories. Where possible, Ebrahim has followed up with the individuals to find out what happened

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Gaza’s Untold Story

August 26, 2015 marked the first anniversary of Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip, during which 2,219 Palestinians were killed. However, a large part of the story is left untold. Over half of those killed were refugees who were displaced from their homes in Yafa, Salama, Isdud, and many other villages and towns, as a result of and following the Nakba in 1948. The majority of those killed lived in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip within a 30 mile (50 km) radius of their homes of origin. A total of 1,236 ...

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"We took the boat of death": Syrian Refugees Arrive in Austria

In September 2015, tens of thousands of Syrian refugees flooded into Austria from the Hungarian city of Hegyeshalom, six kilometers from the Austrian-Hungarian border. According to the United Nations, more than four million Syrians have fled the country since the civil war started. "We took the boat of death and drowned in the Aegean Sea on the way to Greece," said Hassan Elbalah, a Syrian refugee who escaped the war this year. As I waited in the bus station in Berlin before heading to ...

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غزة بلوز: دندنات الحب والموت والمقاومة

              "هنا، عند مُنْحَدَرات التلالِ، أمامَ الغروبِ وفُوَّهَةِ الوقتِ، قُرْبَ بساتينَ مقطوعةِ الظلِّ، نفعَلُ ما يفعَلُ السُجَناءُ، وما يفعلُ العاطلون عَن العَمَل: نُرَبِّي الأَمَلْ." محمود درويش يقال أن الألم يُبرز أفضل ما في الإنسان . حين ارتكبت إسرائيل واحدة من أفظع جرائمها في يوليو 2014  في حي الشجاعية والتي راح ضحيتها العشرات من الناس الأبرياء، صرتُ إنساناً آخر. لقد اختلطت مشاعري وقتها: عجز، رعب، ألم، وحدة، عزلة، كآبة، ...

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Reimagining the University in a Time of Crisis – Every Campus a Refuge Campaign

The refugee crisis is a perpetual crisis. As long as there has been conflict, there have been refugees. I myself am the child of refugees, their first, born in a country right across the river from the one they fled. We were lucky; my family escaped the drudgeries of the refugee camps to live a life of tenuous citizenry in the “alternate homeland.”  Others around the world are not so lucky.  Many are settled where they initially arrive, their tents simply morphing into the sturdier, stiflingly ...

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