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NYC Event -- The War on Gaza: Military Strategy and Historical Horizons (19 September, Columbia University)

The Center for Palestine Studies and the Middle East Institute present The War on Gaza Military Strategy and Historical Horizons Presenters Noura Erakat (Assistant Professor, George Mason University) Rashid Khalidi (Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University) Moderator Nadia Abu El-Haj (Professor, Bard College) Date, Time, and Location: Friday, 19 September 2014 12:00pm-1:30pm Room 501, Schermerhonr Hall Columbia University

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بدايات، فصلية ثقافية فكرية: لكل فصول التغيير

[مقطع من غلاف عدد مجلة

صدر العدد ٩/٨ من مجلة ”بدايات“، وهي مجلة ثقافية فصلية أُطلقتْ استجابة للتحولات التاريخية التي نتجت عن الثورات العربية. كتب فوّاز طرابلسي، رئيس تحرير المجلة، افتتاحية العدد تحت عنوان ”حروب الردة أو أغتيال المستقبل” وركزت المجلة في عددها الراهن على الأوضاع في سوريا ولبنان والعراق.      محتويات العدد ٨/٩ ربيع-صيف ٢٠١٤ الافتتاحية: حروب الردّة او اغتيال المستقبل من باب اولى:  ·  سليمان تقي الدين: العرب مطلع الالفية · الياس خوري: ثلاثة اسئلة فلسطينية من وحي غزة · سنان انطون: لحظة الموصل: العراق في المرحلة الانتقالية · محمد حجيري: عرسال وإنقلاب الصورة ملف: بيروت: الحق في المدينة · نادين بكداش: المستأجر القديم من مواطن الى عقبة<

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Islamic State: Back in Business

[Logo of Islamic State. Image via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following article was originally published by Peter Harling in Le Monde Diplomatique, and subsequently republished by the International Crisis Group (ICG).] Emerging in an increasingly chaotic Middle East, IS is profiting from the region’s growing sectarianism, political vacuum and the ambivalence of the West. The so-called Islamic State (IS) — the jihadist movement also known as ISIL or ISIS and by the derogatory acronym Da’ish in Arabic — now controls much of northeast Syria and northwest Iraq (1). In a region beset with so much confusion, it appears uniquely determined and self-assured. Despite its name, it is in no sense a new state, since it rejects the ...

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Italian-Palestinian Relations: What Went Wrong?

Palestinian youth during a demonstration organized by the Palestinian solidarity movements, groups and associations in Rome, with the cooperation of the Palestinian Youth in Italy on 12 July 2014. Photo by Nasmia Mia Mallah

Throughout July, Zionist groups carried out a number of attacks against Palestine solidarity activists and Palestinian institutions in Italy. They attacked and abused seven young Italians in Rome. One of the victims was accosted merely for wearing a kaffiyeh during the first day of the latest Israeli escalation on the Gaza Strip. Some gun shots were fired at the Palestinian diplomatic residence. Italian political institutions and media have neither condemned nor commented on these worrying events, which are just the latest episodes of the escalating anti-Palestinian sentiment and action in Rome in the past few years.  How is it possible that such episodes go ...

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Open Letter on Gaza and BDS from the Middle East Caucus of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies

[The following statement was issued by the Middle East Caucus of the Society for Cineman and Media Studies on 11 August 2014.] As scholars, artists and community organizers, and as members of the Middle East Caucus(MEC) of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), we are deeply disturbed by the indiscriminate and disproportionate violence that has been waged these past weeks by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) against the civilian population of Gaza. This is a population which has been living under a tight military and economic siege, enacted by Israel and bankrolled by the United States and its allies, for the past seven years in what has countless ...

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Open Letter: Dutch Man Returns Righteous Among the Nations Medal, Protesting Killing of Relatives in Gaza

[Tel Aviv - Circle of Righteous Among the Nation. Image by Yaffa Phillips.]

[The following letter was written by Dutch lawyer H.A. Zanoli and addressed to Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands Haim Davon. It  was published in Haaretz.] Ambassador Haim Davon Embassy of Israel Buitenhof 47 2513 AH The Hague The Hague, August 11 2014 Subject: Return of medal of honour Excellency, It is with great sorrow that I am herewith returning the medal I received as an honour and a token of appreciation from the State of Israel for the efforts and risks taken by my mother and her family in saving the life of a Jewish boy during the German occupation of The Netherlands. My mother and her nuclear family risked their lives ...

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What Can and Should be Done to End the Crisis in Gaza? Public Radio in San Francisco Interview with Mouin Rabbani and Tom Segev

On 13 August, Your Call, a daily call-in show on local public radio station KALW in San Francisco, interviewed Israeli historian Tom Segev and Jadaliyya co-editor Mouin Rabbani about the current situation in Gaza and what the military assault on Gaza reveals about the political landscape in Israel and the occupied territories.   Click to listen  

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Zebda: One Life Less (Une vie de moins)

[Image is a screenshot from the video below.]

 One Life Less  On his blog Geographical Imaginations, Derek Gregory wrote a feature of Jean-Pierre Filiu's book Gaza: A History (recently translated from French), showcasing also one song Filiu authored, entitled "Une vie de moins/One life less." Music is by Zebda (with English subtitles).

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Dispatch from a Left on the Defensive

[A bloodied man in Shuja-iyya, Palestine. Image by محمد الفلسطيني.]

In a settler-colonial society that continues to be structured around the effort to displace and dispossess the indigenous inhabitants of the country, can there be a left? Commitment to basic left principles of freedom and equality would set “left-wing colonizers” against the majority within their own societies – including the poor, marginalized ethnic groups, and women, obviating the classical left strategies which aim to mobilize this majority against economic and political tyranny. Thus, the question is difficult to dismiss even in principle.  In practice, the (Jewish) Israeli left has faced this dilemma since its inception, developing a variety of responses to ...

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Gaza, Einstein, and the UN

[Richard Goldstone. Photo by Alex Catalan.]

Many believe that Albert Einstein offered the witty definition of insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Apparently this is a misattribution, but it doesn’t make Einstein any less smart, or the quote any less insightful. I was reminded of it when I read the news that the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution establishing an investigative commission to look into violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, spurred by Israel’s latest attacks on Gaza. The resolution says that the purpose of the investigation is to “end impunity, ensure those responsible ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (5 August)

[Crop of image of United States President Barack Obama talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they walk across the tarmac at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 20 March 2013. Image by Pete Souza.]

[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.] Gaza Hamas' Chances, Nathan Thrall Hamas's ongoing combat is indicative of a strategic decision making process, not maniacal hatred of Israel, writes Thrall in London Review of Books. Israel's Use of Law and Warnings in Gaza, Janina Dill Israeli military arguments that it provides warnings to Gazan citizens of ...

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Looking Glass Against the Wall, Who is the Freest of Us All?

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As I grope for understanding in these dark times, for reasons not entirely clear to me, I find myself assailed by the Brothers Grimm tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I do not aim to pursue a flat analogy that renders Israel the scheming Wicked Queen and the Palestinians, the fair and gentle Snow White. But in a state where facts and fables are rather interlaced (for instance, “Jewish and democratic”), fables can at times illuminate facts. Israel’s chronic onslaught on Gaza hearkens back to the Queen’s deadly arrogance.  Launched after two rounds of massive killing in 2008 and 2012, this most recent Israeli binge (depicted by the powers that be as ...

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Dozens to Bike from Philadelphia to Washington, DC to Raise Funds for Medical Relief for Gaza’s Children

[The following press release was issued 17 September 2014 by Cycling4Gaza.] Dozens to Bike from Philadelphia to Washington, DC to Raise Funds for Medical Relief for Gaza’s Children  Between September 18 and 21, more than 40 cyclists are expected to pedal more than 217 miles (350 km) from Philadelphia to Washington, DC, to raise money for the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) so that it can continue to treat and care for the children of Gaza. Riders will include 16-year-old Ahmed Abu ...

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Rigged Cars and Barrel Bombs: Aleppo and the State of the Syrian War

[The following reports was issued on 9 Sepetember 2014 by the International Crisis Group (ICG).] Rigged Cars and Barrel Bombs: Aleppo and the State of the Syrian War Executive Summary As Aleppo goes, so goes Syria’s rebellion. The city is crucial to the mainstream opposition’s military viability as well as its morale, thus to halting the advance of the Islamic State (IS). After an alliance of armed rebel factions seized its eastern half in July 2012, Aleppo for a time symbolised the opposition’s ...

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One Century after World War I and the Balfour Declaration: Palestine and Palestine Studies

We meet today to celebrate the second anniversary of the establishment of the SOAS Centre for Palestine Studies. I am honoured to have been asked to deliver this first Annual Lecture. It is deeply gratifying to be addressing you on this occasion in the name of a sister institution—Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS)—which has just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary as an independent, private, non-partisan, non-profit, public service research institute. We at IPS look forward to long years of ...

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From Containment to Counterinsurgency in the Gaza Strip

Israel’s recently terminated “Operation Protective Edge” against the Gaza Strip was beyond destructive. Little is left standing in Shuja’iya, Khoza’a, Beit Hanoun, and Rafah’s east, where photos reveal a tableau of grey ruin. Israel shelled hospitals, targeted ambulances, killed paramedics, leaving the health sector strained beyond the breaking point. As Israeli munitions rocked graveyards, even the dead rested uneasy. According to one development NGO, the war simply demolished the economy, “turning ...

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الخطر السياسي القادم ما بعد العدوان على غزة

توجد أربعة أسباب على الأقل تشكل حوافز للحكومة الإسرائيلية للسعي إلى العودة إلى مسار سياسي بعد العدوان على غزة، حتى لو قبلت بعض الشروط التي رفضتها سابقاً، مثل تجميد غير معلن للاستيطان، أو عدم الإعلان عن عطاءات جديدة للبناء في المستوطنات، إن قبل الجانب الفلسطيني بذلك.  وتوجد دلائل واضحة الآن حتى قبل أن تسكت المدافع، أن الجانب الفلسطيني يرغب في ذلك، بل هو يدعو إلى إنهاء الاحتلال كمرحلة تلي المرحلة الراهنة ومكملة لها، كما صرح أكثر من مسؤول فلسطيني خلال الأسابيع الماضية، بمن في ذلك الرئيس أبو مازن نفسه ...

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Persian Translation of Maya Mikdashi's 'Can Palestinian Men be Victims'

آیا مردان فلسطینی می‌توانند قربانی باشند؟ خوانش جنسیتیِ جنگ اسرائیل علیه غزه هر صبح چشمانمان را بر لیست به‌روز شده‌ی قصابی می‌گشاییم: ١٠٠، ٢٠٠، ٤٠٠، ٦٠٠ فلسطینی کشته شده توسط دستگاه جنگ اسرائیل. این اعداد جزییات ناخوشایند بسیاری را می‌پوشانند؛ اکثریت مردم غزه یعنی یکی از پرجمعیت‌ترین و فقیرشده‌ترین مکان‌های جهان، پناهندگانی مهاجر ازسرزمین‌هایی‌اند که به لحاظ تاریخی به فلسطین تعلق دارند. غزه تحت محاصره‌ای قساوت‌بار است و هیچ جای آن از یورش ...

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FAQ: Analyst Mouin Rabbani on the Gaza Crisis

FAQ Q: On Saturday, under intense international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a press conference to say that the Israeli military would "regroup," while continuing its operations in Gaza. Following the announcement, Israel began to withdraw at least some of its forces from inside Gaza. Why is Netanyahu halting the ground invasion now, even though one of his main stated objectives for the operation, stopping rocket fire, has not been ...

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Stopping Israel

Israel has unleashed another round of destruction and suffering on the Gaza Strip, even more ferocious than its 2008-9 invasion. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have yet again been displaced, over 1,817 have been killed and 7,553 injured (mostly civilians), thousands of buildings have been fully or partially destroyed (including numerous mosques, schools, and hospitals directly targeted). Neighborhoods in Shujai’yya and Khuza’a have been leveled and turned into piles of concrete and mangled iron. ...

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Photo Essay: Blockade Outside the Israeli Embassy in Netherlands

On Tuesday 5th of August, Dutch activists called for a blockade of the Israeli embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, to voice their opposition against Israel’s military operation in Gaza. [Two protestors stand in Buitenhof before the protest kicked off.] Police was present in full force all over the city center with many on horseback, to guard the embassy and ID-check people in its vicinity, as they knew from a Facebook event that activists would attempt to hold a blockade.  [Protestors outside ...

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Press Release: Institute of Women's Studies Urgent Call

[The following press release was issued by Birzeit University Institute of Women's Studies on 31 July 2014.] As we write this statement, twenty-five days after the brutal incursion on Gaza, over a thousand and four hundred of innocent civilian women, men, and children have been butchered by Israel’s war machine and much more are threatened to be killed. The call for raping Palestinian women by the so-called “Bar-Illan University Arabic Literature Professor” teaches us, once again, that Israeli ...

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Video: Inside Israel's Pro-War Nationalist Camp

The Real News' Lia Tarachansky reports on nationalists in Israel and their support for Operation Protective Edge. Tarachansky covers just who these nationalist groups are, the motives of their support for Israeli incursion in Gaza, and their political goals.

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Palestine as Archive

A man and his young son sit on two cement blocks, surrounded by piles of rubble that were once their home, on the edges of what was once their street. Their postures mirror one another. With thin arms dangling over knobby knees, fingers clasped, and eyes downcast, they survey the losses. They ponder the next step. It was 16 July, eight days after the Israeli military commenced its onslaught on the Gaza Strip. This image, like many, would circulate through multiple venues around the world. It expressed ...

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