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Violence: Theirs and Ours

“I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favor of using poison gas against uncivilized tribes. It would spread a lively terror.” -- Winston Churchill, 1920, with regard to the uprising in ...

[Electricity pole in Hamra. Photo by Abi Weaver, 2016]

Dark Beirut: The (In)Visibility of Electricity

As filmmakers and researchers working on electricity in Beirut, it is tempting to become too attached to the visible, namely electricity wires that drape the city like garlands, dangerously gaping down at pedestrians, changing their paths, ...

Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

[This is an ongoing post that will be updated regularly. It was first published on 6 December 2016. The updates appear at the bottom.] The conflict in Yemen seems set to intensify as 2016 draws to a close. The deposed president Abd ...

New Texts Out Now: Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921

Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.   Jadliyya (J): What made you write this book? Karine Walther (KW): As my parents ...


Bogazici Soma Dayanismasi Soma Gozlem Degerlendirmeleri

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Boğaziçi Soma Dayanışması Soma Gözlem Değerlendirmeleri [Soma'da gerçekleşen facianın ardından Boğaziçi Üniversitesi akademisyen, öğrenci ve emekçileri tarafından kurulan Boğaziçi Soma Dayanışması Temmuz ayında ilçeye tekrardan bir ziyaret gerçekleştirdi. Soma'daki faciaya yol veren çalışma koşulları, sendika, sermaye, kadınların durumu, devlet/siyaset bağlantıları, ilçenin tarıma dair sorunları gibi başlıkları ele alacağımız gözlem ve değerlendirmeleri kamuoyu ile paylaşıyoruz.  İlk değerlendirme Nur Çırakman'ın Soma'daki taşeron sistemi üzerine tartışması. Mustafa Kaba arkadaşımızın değerlendirmesi ise Soma civarındaki köylerde tarımsal alandaki sorunlara ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 4)

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[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations: Where is Palestine in Egypt? Lina Attalah and Shady Zalat analyze the causes of the decreased signs of Egyptian solidarity with Palestinians in light of the Israeli offensive in Gaza. Egypt’s Cease-Fire Initiative and Sacrifice for Palestine Sharif S. Elmusa argues that the Egyptian ceasefire initiative to end the ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 28-August 3)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series. Zionism, BDS, and American Muslim Leadership The FBI’s War on Fake Terrorism Can Palestinian Men be Victims? Gendering Israel's War on Gaza No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory Is Gaza Still Occupied and Why Does It Matter? Joint Declaration by International Law Experts on Israel’s Gaza Offensive Jadaliyya ...

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تفنيد خمس نقاط إسرائيلية مثيرة للجدل حول غزة

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تزعم إسرائيل أنها تقوم بممارسة حق الدفاع عن النفس فقط، وأن غزة لم تعد محتلة من قبلها. إليكم ما تحتاجون إلى معرفته حول هذه النقاط المثيرة للجدل وما هو أكثر من ذلك. قتلتْ إسرائيل ٨٠٠ فلسطيني تقريباً في الأيام الواحدة والعشرين الماضية في قطاع غزة وحده، وما يزال عدوانها متواصلاً. وقدّرتْ الأمم المتحدة أن أكثر من ٧٤٪ من الذين قُتلوا مدنيون. وهذا ما يجب توقعه من عدد سكان يبلغ ١،٨ مليون نسمة، فيما يبلغ عدد أعضاء حماس ١٥،٠٠٠ تقريباً. لا تنكر إسرائيل أنها قتلت أولئك الفلسطينيين مستخدمة تكنولوجيا جوية حديثة وأسلحة دقيقة قدّمتها القوة العظمى الوحيدة في العالم. وفي الحقيقة، لا تنكر حتى أنهم مدنيون. على أي حال، تصرّ آلة الدعاية الإسرائيلية على أن الفلسطينيين أرادوا الموت («ثقافة ...

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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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Palestine as Archive

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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 the desperation of the Gaza Strip. Beginning at nine in the evening of 19 July, Israeli tanks, artillery, and missiles pounded the residents of one of the Gaza Strip’s ...

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Video: Behind the Lying Eyes of Mark Regev

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Using a prototype Truth Rectification Processor, the words of Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev have been filtered through a complex algorithm that strips away lies. This experiment, led by @alexnunns, is inspired by earlier, remarkable research carried out by gabbriana2008, which used alternative "mind-reading technology". Those results can be viewed here.  Some of the raw data that was fed into the Truth Rectification Processor can be viewed here, and some of its design principles were based on this. Legal analysis was cited from Jadaliyya.  The raw interview footage belongs to the BBC, used here under fair use. See the original ...

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Hany Rashed: Toys

[Hany Rashed sought to present snapshots from the street in new ways by combining photography, painting, installation, and sculpture. Image courtesy of MedrarTV.]

Hany Rashed: Toys April - May 2014 Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo   For his ninth solo exhibition, Cairo-based artist Hany Rashed experiments with plastic as a material, building on his interest in painting, street photography, and pop culture. Rashed creates a world where everything around him—from cars and people to buildings and pictures of daily life—is transformed into plastic objects, reminiscent of children's toys. The artist uses a particular technique that involves heating, stretching, and casting the material. The images are distorted, underlining the gap between reality and its reproduction. In this interview, Rashed explains how his project evolved over ...

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"A Slaughter of Innocents": Democracy Now! Interview with American Jewish Leader Henry Siegman

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 Given his background, what American Jewish leader Henry Siegman has to say about Israel’s founding in 1948 through the current assault on Gaza may surprise you. From 1978 to 1994, Siegman served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Born in Germany three years before the Nazis came to power in 1933, Siegman’s family eventually moved to the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist movement that pushed for the creation of a Jewish state. In New York, Siegman studied the ...

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The Other Israelis

[This image was created by political satirist, Amir Schiby, following the deaths of Ahed Atef Bakr, Zakaria Ahed Bakr, Mohamed Ramez Bakr, and Ismael Mohamed Bakr in Gaza while playing on the beach.]

Following Operation Protective Edge, many cities around the world have witnessed demonstrations sympathizing with the people of Gaza. Tel Aviv had a few as well. Haggai Matar, a leftist activist, participated in one on July 12: The right-wingers announced in advance that they would be coming to physically assault us in the protest. However, police paid no heed to the warnings, nor to the threats made on the scene when the protest began, nor to our requests that the very few police officers present would call for backup and try to physically separate the two demonstrations. When the air raid sirens wailed in Tel Aviv that evening, we knew one thing for ...

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The Economic Challenges of the Gaza War: Relief and Reconstruction but No Palestinian Development

[Image cropped from a UNRWA Map of Gaza Strip shelters opened & pre-selected for hosting internally displaced people, as of 23 July 2014.]

As both on-the-ground pressure in the Gaza Strip and diplomacy inexorably move towards a ceasefire, the eyes of the world have been fixed upon the mounting casualty toll suffered by the territory’s 1.8 million inhabitants. The scale and intensity of the Israeli offensive, now in its fourth week, and the professionalism and resilience of Palestinian fighting forces also have dominated headlines.  The terrible human and economic costs continue to mount by the hour and will be felt by the Palestinian people for years to come. While the thousands of Palestinian casualties caused by this attack are lost or scarred forever, those who survive will again try to rebuild ...

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Iranian Intellectuals, Artists and Social Activists' Statement on the Recent Conflict in Palestine

[Images from at the elementary school in Gaza’s Rimal neighborhood, where UNRWA is housing refugees who left their homes on orders from the Israeli military on the night between 12 and 13 July, 2014. Image by Muhammad Sabah.]

[The following statement was issued by the below signatories on 29 July 2014.] “Remaining silent while Palestinian people are slaughtered is a sin which nothing could absolve.” We condemn the barbaric and frequent assaults that have been committed by the Israeli state against the people of Palestine. We also support Palestinians’ fight to win freedom and defend their homes and their country. These struggles have always inspired people to oppose tyranny all over the world. The pretext for beginning this new cycle of attacks was the murder of three Israeli teenagers. This crime should have been investigated by the police and if necessary, by Interpol. Regardless of their ...

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Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack

The U.S. government has long lavished overwhelming aid on Israel, providing cash, weapons and surveillance technology that play a crucial role in Israel’s attacks on its neighbors. But top secret documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shed substantial new light on how the U.S. and its partners directly enable Israel’s military assaults – such as the one on Gaza. Over the last decade, the NSA has significantly increased the surveillance assistance it provides to its Israeli ...

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The Prime Minister as President?

On 26 July, Turkish citizens began voting in the first round of the first direct presidential elections in the history of the Turkish Republic. Voting began at Turkish embassies and at the forty-two polling stations set up at Turkish land crossings, harbors, and airports; it will continue until 10 August, when Turkish citizens residing in Turkey will cast their ballots. Following a 2007 referendum, direct presidential elections replaced the existing system, in accordance with which the president was ...

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مدن بلا أهل: عن خراب الموصل وبغداد وحواضر أخرى

تذكرني مقولات من قبيل "إن هذه الجماعة غريبة على الموصل وستؤدي أفعالها إلى استثارة أهل الموصل ضدها"، بمقولات سبقتها زمنياً من قبيل "إن السوريين ليسوا كالعراقيين ولن يدخلوا حرباً طائفية"، وقبلها "إن المجتمع العراقي ليس كاللبناني والطائفية غريبة عليه" ، وهلم جرا... هذه المقولات تفترض أن للمجتمعات ملامح ثابتة ومحددة لا تتغير، وأن الجماعة هي " كيان" أزلي يمتلك "جوهراً" نفسياً ثابتاً، وهي تصورات بالاضافة إلى لا علميتها وتبسيطيتها، تمثل وعاء للكثير من المواقف ...

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The End of Impunity

By the time you read this who knows how many people will have been killed in Israel’s latest onslaught on Gaza. As I write more than 1200 - mostly civilian - Palestinians have been killed, hundreds of them children. Also 59 Israelis have been killed, 3 of them civilians.   Benyamin Netanyahu complains that the media show pictures of “telegenically dead” Palestinians. It’s true; my timeline looks like a perverse beauty contest for dead babies and traumatised kids. There are the “before” shots: ...

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Anis Sayigh: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.] Name: Anis Last Name: Sayigh Date of Birth: 1931 Date of Death: 2009 Nationality: Lebanese Place of Birth: Tiberias, Palestine Wife’s ...

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Disarmament in Gaza?: CNN Anderson Cooper 360° Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

CNN Anderson Cooper 360° hosted Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani for an interview on the situation in the Gaza Strip. The two primarily discussed the Israeli bombing of Al-Aqsa TV and the feasbility of a complete disarmament in Gaza. 

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Boom: A Photo Essay

When I visited Shatila last week two topics dominated conversation: the carnage in Gaza and the deleterious effects of the construction boom underway in the camp. I’ll take them in turn, though Shatilans usually don’t; for them, each topic seems the underbelly of the other. Building in Shatila has long been described by residents as a kind of cancer, its growth both irregular and hazardous. The waves of Syrians and Palestinians fleeing Syria since 2011 have caused it to metastasize. Two years ago its ...

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Watching the Occupation at a Close Distance

On May 15, 2014, Nakba Day—a day on which Palestinians commemorate the mass dispossession caused by the formation of the state of Israel—Israeli army snipers shot and killed teenagers Nadeem Siam Nawara and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Daher during a protest outside of the Ofer prison, where Palestinian political prisoners are held near Ramallah. A few days after their deaths, Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI) issued a video, “Unlawful Killing of Two Palestinians Outside Ofer,” featuring ...

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A Teenager Contemplates Life and War in the Gaza Strip

Who I Am I am Noor Omar Shaban Ismail, a sixteen year-old teenager who lives and grew up in one of the most dangerous areas in the world, the Gaza Strip. I have only one brother who is studying civil engineering in France. I really hope to follow in his footsteps and become successful to achieve my dreams and goals. My Story The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. It has absolutely no kind of infrastructure and one of the highest rates of people living below the ...

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Seam Zones, Security Zones, Death Zones, and Walls

I wrote Time in the Shadows in order to puzzle out why the counterinsurgency practices of enormously powerful state militaries—the US and Israel at the time I was writing the book—so often invoked law and humanitarianism, rather than naked force. And why so much of their war-fighting pivoted around the mass confinement not only of combatants but civilians. I was also struck by the similarities in the practices of confinement not only between Israel and the US but with historical accounts of ...

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Zionism, BDS, and American Muslim Leadership

American Muslims are among the most diverse and heterogeneous national populations of Muslims in the world, made up of many different communities with different histories and priorities, yet American Muslim community leaders regularly refer to American Muslims as a singular community with a shared political agenda. Given the sociological fact of their diversity, consensus among American Muslims, particularly on controversial and divisive religious and political questions, is not a tenable goal. American ...

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Racism is the Foundation of Israel's Operation Protective Edge

On 30 June Ayelet Shaked, chairwoman of the Knesset faction of the ultra-right wing ha-Bayit ha-Yehudi (Jewish Home) Party, a key member of the coalition government led by Prime Minister Netanyahu, posted on her Facebook page a previously unpublished article written by the late Uri Elitzur. Elitzur, a pro-settler journalist and former chief-of-staff to Netanyahu, wrote: Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism… They are all ...

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