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Israel Mows the Lawn

[A Palestinian home after an IDF Bombing. Image by Muhammad Sabah.]

In 2004, a year before Israel’s unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip, Dov Weissglass, éminence grise to Ariel Sharon, explained the initiative’s purpose to an interviewer from Haaretz: The significance of the disengagement plan is the freezing of the peace process … And when you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole package called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails, has been removed indefinitely from our agenda. And all this with … a [US] presidential blessing and the ratification of both ...

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بغايا بغداد التعيسات

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الى بدر شاكر السياب الذي قال "بغداد مبغى كبير" في ليلة حالكة من عام 1938، كانت العاصمة العراقيّة معرّضة للطوفان بسبب ارتفاع منسوب المياه في نهر دجلة. في حالات كهذه، تستعين الشرطة بالمارّة من أجل حثّهم على إنقاذ مدينتهم. إلا أن شوارع المدينة كانت خالية بسبب البرد القارس وتأخر الوقت، فسارع عدنان محيي الدين، معاون الشرطة، إلى التفكير بمنطقة قريبة من النهر ومن "السدة"، مكمن الفيضان، لا تنام بسبب طبيعتها. إنها منطقة "الكلجيّة"، الحاضنة الرئيسة لبيوت الدعارة في جانب الرصافة من بغداد آنذاك. ذهبت سيارات الشرطة إلى "الكلجيّة" ودعت الجميع هناك إلى العمل على إنقاذ العاصمة من خطر الفيضان. لبّى الطلب كل من كان سهراناً في تلك الليلة. ...

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رد مصر على الهجوم الإسرائيلي على غزة: مقابلة مع حسام الحملاوي

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أناقش في هذه المقابلة (انظر الفيديو في الأسفل) مع حسام الحملاوي رد حكومة السيسي على الهجوم الإسرائيلي على غزة كوظيفة للسياسة المصرية المحلية، بالإضافة إلى التغير الشجاع في الخطاب حول فلسطين، خاصة حول حماس. يبدأ بمعالجة كيف واصل السيسي لعب الدور الذي لعبه الرئيس السابق حسني مبارك حيال فلسطين؛ باستثناء أن السيسي تجاوزه بأضعاف مضاعفة. ومهما كان ما فعله مبارك لتخفيف معاناة الفلسطينيين، خاصة في غزة، قليلاً، فإن ما فعله السيسي في هذا الصدد أقل بكثير. يشير حسام إلى إغلاق حدود غزة المثير للريبة من قبل مصر في الأوقات الأكثر حرجاً. وحتى في الأوقات الأكثر كارثية، كمثل الهجوم الحالي على غزة، لم تكن هناك أية اعتبارات أو استثناءات. يعالج حسام أيضاً الشيطنة واسعة الانتشار وغير ...

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Egypt's Response To The Israeli Assault On Gaza: An Interview With Hossam El-Hamalawy

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In this interview (video below), I discuss with Hossam El-Hamalawy al-Sisi's government response to the Israeli assault on Gaza as a function of local Egyptian politics and the bold shift in the discourse on Palestine, Hamas specifically. He starts by addressing how al-Sisi continues to play the role that former President Mubarak did on Palestine, except “on steroids.” Whatever little Mubarak did to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians, particularly in Gaza, al-Sisi exceeded. Hossam refers to the cynical Gaza border closure by Egypt during the most critical times. Even at the most extenuating and catastrophic times, such as the current assault on Gaza, no ...

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FAQ on Failed Effort to Arrange Ceasefire Between Israel and Hamas

[Demonstration against Israeli bombardment of Gaza, Dublin Ireland, July 2014. Image by Eoin O'Mahony.]

Q: Why do you think Hamas didn't accept the terms of the ceasefire? Rashid Khalidi (RK): Hamas has insisted that there be a lasting resolution of the basic problem of Israel's siege of Gaza, as was promised as part of the 2012 cease-fire, but never implemented in spite of Israel's recognition that Hamas scrupulously maintained the cease-fire until quite recently. The Egyptian proposal makes lifting of the siege conditional on Israel's approval, which means never. Mouin Rabbani (MR): Hamas, and with it other Palestinian organizations such as Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, have indicated that they were not consulted on the ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Debates Whether Diplomacy Can End the Conflct in Gaza on Al Jazeera English’s “Inside Story”

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[This video and post were originally published by Al Jazeera English.] US President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he was worried fierce fighting with Hamas in Gaza could escalate, and offered help to broker a ceasefire.   Obama spoke to Netanyahu after Israeli jets pounded Gaza for a fourth consecutive day but did not stop its fighters from launching more rockets. The situation is causing global concern over the rising number of Palestinian casualties.     The United States regards Hamas as a terrorist organization and so is not prepared to negotiate with the group. But John Kerry, the US ...

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Is Gaza Still Occupied and Why Does It Matter?

[Entering Gaza at the Erez Checkpoint. Image by Olly Lambert.]

[In view of Israel's assertions that it has not occupied the Gaza Strip since 2005, Jadaliyya re-posts an analysis of this claim authored by Lisa Hajjar, initially published in 2012.] Yes, the Gaza Strip is still occupied. Despite official Israeli remonstrations that the unilateral disengagement of 2005, which removed Israeli military bases and Jewish settlers, transformed Gaza into “no longer occupied territory,” neither those changes nor anything that has transpired since has ended the occupation. “Occupation” is a legal designation of an international nature. Israel’s occupation of Gaza continues to the present day because (a) Israel continues to exercise ...

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Colonial Experiments in Gaza

[Debris of home demolished by Israeli air strike in Operation Cast lead, January 2009. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

[In view of Israel's assertions that its current attacks on the Gaza Strip are an exercise in legitimate self-defense, Jadaliyya re-posts an analysis Israel’s attacks on Gaza authored by Samera Esmeir initially published in 2012.] Once again Israel, still the occupying power of Gaza, has unleashed its war machinery on occupied Palestinians. Since the start of the second intifada in 2000, this ritual has become compulsive and repetitive. Israel initiated its new round of bloody violence by targeting Palestinian resistance fighters who, Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz explained, Israel will “hunt like beasts.” In this new round of war, shelling and ...

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Mouin Rabbani Appears on Russia Today's Cross Talk

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani participates in a debate on the current Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip on Russia Today's Cross Talk program. Other guests are Dan Arbell and Norman Finkelstein.  

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The Killing Fields of Gaza: An Interview with Mouin Rabbani

[No-man's land Gaza to Israel. Photo by Kashfi Halford via Flickr]

Since the early morning hours of Tuesday 8 July 2014, Israeli occupation forces have been bombing Gaza from air, land, and sea. At the time of writing, Israel's indiscrimate bombing of the besieged enclave had killed over eighty Palestinians with more than five hundred injured, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza. The narrative about recent extensive raids of the West Bank and the Israeli military assault on Gaza revolves around two specific events--the abduction and killings of three settler teenagers and the barrage of rockets fired into Israel. How did this narrative take hold and what are the real underlying reasons for Israel’s latest and ongoing military ...

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The Moral Economy of Settler Colonialism: Israel and the “Evacuation Trauma”

[A portion of the separation wall in East Jerusalem. Image by Paolo Cuttitta.]

The evacuations of settlements in a colonial situation can represent moments of potential rupture and reversal of a political order rooted in dispossession. In the case of Israel and Palestine, however, such moments are characterized by the re-articulation and re-legitimization of the settler colonial enterprise. This takes place through the development of a specific settler moral economy founded on the political mobilization of trauma.  I utilize the notion of moral economy of settler colonialism in order to define the way in which, within the settler colonial polity, evacuations are couched as a national trauma and the evacuated dispossessor as a traumatized ...

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On Recent Events in Mosul and Other Cities in Iraq

[ISIS fighters in Iraq. Image from Creative Commons/Google.]

Mosul and other cities in Iraq are experiencing dramatic, dangerous, and fateful changes. The media, especially that which is allied with the Iraqi government and western states, has been focusing on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Syria (ISIS) and its control over several Iraqi cities, provoking its audiences against the militant group. Indeed, ISIS terrorist groupings do exist among armed groups there and its influence in the recent events is clear. However, it is also true that Iraqis generally reject ISIS, whether in the central or southern regions of Iraq or in parts of the country that are no longer under government control: the so-called ...

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Video: US Aid to Israel - The Real Deal

The special relationship between Israel and the United States goes deep...real deep. It's based on security, conflict and most of all money. Most of it for the Israeli military. But with over two hundred killed in Gaza just this July and the Israeli military's long list human rights abuses, AJ+ Labs' Francesca Fiorentini asks: is this special relationship worth the price?    

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Press Release: UNRWA Commissioner-General Press Briefing on the Situation in Gaza Strip

[The following statement was delivered by the Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, on 14 July. In the intervening six days, the casualty figures cited in this statement have more than doubled.]           As Delivered Thank you for joining us at this press briefing. As we stand here, the Gaza Strip is once again experiencing very dramatic circumstances, ...

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HRW Improves Position on Gaza/Israel, Calls for Suspension of Some US Arms to Israel

The NYC-based, private, non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch today issued a new statement on the Gaza crisis that goes a good distance toward correcting the serious errors they made in the statement they issued 9 July, as noted here. Furthermore, today’s report explicitly calls for an end to the supply of all weaponry “to Israel, to Hamas, or to armed groups in the Gaza Strip… that has been documented or credibly alleged to have been used in violation of ...

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الاقتصاد الأخلاقي للاستعمار الاستيطاني: إسرائيل و"الصدمة النفسية للإخلاء"

يمكن أن تُجسّد عمليات إخلاء المستوطنات في وضْعٍ استعماريّ لحظات من تمزّق محتمل وقلْب لنظام سياسي متأصّل في انتزاع الملكية. تتّسم لحظات كهذه، في حالة إسرائيل وفلسطين، بالتعبير من جديد عن مشروع الاستعمار الاستيطاني ومعاودة شَرْعَنته. ويحدثُ هذا عبر تطوير اقتصادٍ أخلاقيّ محدّد للاستيطان قائم على التعبئة السياسية للصدمة النفسية. أستخدمُ فكرة الاقتصاد الأخلاقي للاستعمار الاستيطاني من أجل أن أعرّف الطريقة التي عُبِّر بها عن عمليات الإخلاء كصدمة نفسية قومية، وعن المستوطن الذي أُخليَ وجُرّد من ملكيته كضحية ...

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A Practical Solution for Iraq

The rise of ISIS and the declaration of a Caliphate that controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria signals a moment of exceptional danger not only for Iraq and its future existence as a state, but for US national interests. The United States has sacrificed life and limb and invested billions of dollars to save Iraq from dictatorship and help its people build a thriving democracy. Mistakes were made for sure, but our intentions and objectives were always clear: to stabilize and democratize the region. ...

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وقف العدوان لا يكفي

تهدف إسرائيل من العدوان وفق ما تعلنُه إلى العودة إلى معادلة "هدوء مقابل هدوء"، أما في الحقيقة فإن حكومة نتنياهو تريد من عدوانها أن يحقق ضربة قاصمة للبنية التحتيّة للمقاومة، وكسر إرادة المقاومة، من خلال تضمين أي اتفاق نزع السلاح. بالرغم من حملة الإبادة المستمرة طوال الأيام الثمانية الماضية لا تزال المقاومة صامدة وتطلق صواريخها التي تصل يوميًا إلى مختلف أنحاء إسرائيل، وترفض القبول بمعادلة "تهدئة مقابل تهدئة"، وتطالب بأن يشمل أي اتفاق جديد وقف العدوان ورفع الحصار، وإطلاق سراح الأسرى ...

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Repetition and Death in the Colony: On the Israeli Attacks on Gaza

At the moment of writing these lines, the BBC reports one hundred deaths thus far in Gaza in the recent Israeli onslaught. As we have seen these scenes before, the invocation of repetition comes naturally. “Once again” is a commonly used word when it comes to death and suffering under occupation in Palestine and specifically Gaza.1 It can be a rhetorically deployed knee-​jerk reaction (as in: once again Israel is killing Palestinians; or: once again Israel has to defend itself ...

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No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory

[In view of Israel's assertions that its current attacks on the Gaza Strip are an exercise in legitimate self-defense, Jadaliyya re-posts an analysis of this claim by Co-Editor Noura Erakat initially published in 2012.]   On the fourth day of Israel's most recent onslaught against Gaza's Palestinian population, President Barack Obama declared, “No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.” In an echo of Israeli officials, he sought to frame ...

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Mouin Rabbani Discusses Israeli Attacks on Gaza

Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani gives an interview to Al-Jazeera English on the continued Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip and the prospects for a cease-fire.

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ابحثوا عن السعودية

فيما يُستأَنَف قرعُ طبول الفتنة مجدداً على امتداد المشرق العربي، ثمة ما يلفت الى الدور السعودي في الفصل الجديد من محنة العراق. ولأن السعودية تجد نفسها اليوم معنيّة بصورة مباشرة بقلب المعادلات الجيوسياسية في المنطقة، فما توافر لديها من معطيات يجعلها طرفاً مستهدفاً في المرحلة المقبلة. ويمكن هنا رصد أهم المعطيات: أولاً: الخسائر المتعاقبة التي لحقت بالسعودية منذ إلغاء الضربة العسكرية الاميركية على سوريا في أيلول العام الماضي، الذي سجّل انتصاراً كبيراً لمصلحة المعسكر الآخر الممتد من ايران مروراً ...

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Watching ISIS on TV

I spent the last few afternoons and evenings with my wife's cousins---dynamic, generous, and patient people from Baghdad who only recently---after eight years of one war, ten years of sanctions, and ten years of violent occupation---decided to permanently resettle in Amman. Besides eating and drinking tea, and talking about the beauty of Ali's sermons, for the most part, we wandered through a labyrinth of Iraqi satellite television. Like most Iraqi households these days, the television is never turned ...

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