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رد مصر على الهجوم الإسرائيلي على غزة: مقابلة مع حسام الحملاوي Incremental Genocide: An Interview with Ilan Pappe O.IL media roundup Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Debates Whether Diplomacy Can End the Conflct in Gaza on Al Jazeera English’s “Inside Story” A Practical Solution for Iraq
[In Gaza There's A Boy. Artwork by Mazen Kerbaj]

Can Palestinian Men be Victims? Gendering Israel's War on Gaza

Every morning we wake up to an updated butcher’s bill: one hundred, two hundred, four hundred, six hundred Palestinians killed by Israel’s war apparatus. These numbers gloss over many details: the majority of Gazans, one of the most ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mohammad Ali Kadivar, Alliances and Perception Profiles in the Iranian Reform Movement, 1997 to 2005

Mohammad Ali Kadivar, “Alliances and Perception Profiles in the Iranian Reform Movement, 1997 to 2005.” American Sociological Review 78 (December 2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Mohammad Ali Kadivar (MAK): I ...

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A Debate on Gaza: Democracy Now! Interviews Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada and. J.J. Goldberg of the Jewish Daily Forward

Democracy Now! hosts a debate on US media coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict and the roots of the crisis with two guests: Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the website Electronic Intifada & author of the new book, "The Battle for ...

Al-Diwan Roundup: News and Analysis in Publishing and Academia from the Arab World

Al-Diwan brings you the latest news and analysis in publishing, academia, pedagogy, and knowledge production from across the Arab world.   What History Books for Children in Palestinian Camps? By Rosemary Sayigh (Jadaliyya) ...

Israeli Aggression in the Gaza Strip: In Pictures

[If the pictures of the slide show are not visible, please click here.] On 14 November Israel assassinated Hamas military leader Ahmad al-Ja'bari, simultaneously blowing up a truce mediated by Egyptian intelligence officials and accepted by Ja'bari, other Palestinian parties and - according to the Egyptians - Israel as well. In this and a further series of air raids eight more were killed, at least two of them children. Claiming these initial attacks had destroyed the long-range missile capability in the Gaza Strip, Israel's strategy of a short, sharp assault that would remind the Palestinians who makes the rules proved illusory. As Israeli planes pounded the ...

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Quelle justice transitionnelle pour la Tunisie ?

[Hooded police officers prevent people from accessing Habib Bourguiba avenue, the main rally point, in Tunis as Tunisia marks the turbulent and tense anniversary of the first elections since the fall of its totalitarian leader Oct. 23, 2012. Image by Hassene Dridi/AP Photo.]

Au lendemain des premières élections démocratiques en Tunisie, et suite aux débats politiques houleux qui ont eu lieu au sein de l’Assemblée Nationale Constituante, a été promulguée la loi constituante numéro 2011-6 du 16 décembre 2011 portant sur l’organisation provisoire des pouvoirs publics. Cette loi fortement controversée[1], a pourtant posé les jalons de ce qui allait devenir  une condition sine qua non à la réussite de la transition démocratique en Tunisie, ou du moins l’a-t-on présenté de la sorte[2]. En effet, un chapitre entier de la loi constituante  a été réservé à la notion de justice transitionnelle, ce qui présageait de l’importance accordée à ...

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The One-State Solution and Rebuilding the Palestinian National Movement: An Interview with Awad Abdel Fattah (Part Two)

[Image of an NDA billboard in Israel. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is the second installment of a two-part interview.  Part One was also published on Jadaliyya on 16 November 2012.] Jonathan Cook (JC): So what is the most effective role Palestinian citizens can play in Israeli politics, assuming that a Jewish state will always exclude them from the centers of power?  Awad Abdel Fattah (AAF): Our traditional strength derived from the fact that we, as a community, survived the ethnic cleansing of 1948 [the nakba]. We remained in our homeland, even as it was transformed into a Jewish state.  But today, our strength derives from something different: we pose the biggest challenge to Israel’s claim to be a ...

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The One-State Solution and Rebuilding the Palestinian National Movement: An Interview with Awad Abdel Fattah (Part One)

[NDA secretary general Awad Abdel Fattah pictured with Ronnie Kasrils during his visit to South Africa in 2008.]

[This is the first installment of a two-part interview. Part Two was also published on Jadaliyya on 16 November 2012.] The following interview was conducted in Nazareth with Awad Abdel Fattah, secretary general of the National Democratic Assembly party. The NDA (Al-Tajamoa in Arabic, and Balad in Hebrew) is one of three parties in the Israeli parliament representing Israel’s Palestinian minority, which numbers 1.4 million and comprises nearly a fifth of the country’s population.  The NDA is best known for the activities of its former leader, Azmi Bishara, who was forced into exile in 2007 after Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, the Shin Bet, accused him of ...

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Some Panels from the Upcoming Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (Denver 2012)

[Image from MESA Annual Meeting]

The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) will be holding its forty-fourth annual meeting in Denver beginning this coming weekend, 17-20 November 2012. Over a span of four days, scholars and researchers from across North America, the Middle East, and beyond will present their work via an impressive and diverse array of thematic panels (see complete program here). In order to highlight some of the panels, below is a list of MESA 2012 Annual Meeting panels in which one or more Jadaliyya Co-Editor is involved in as an organizer, presenters, discussant, and/or chair. However, to appreciate the full spectrum of topics, themes, geographic areas, and disciplines represented, ...

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الدوحة وأخواتها

[المصدر: رويترز]

منذ أكثر من شهرين وكل من مرّ على المجلس الوطني السوري، من مؤسسين ومستقيلين وأعضاء ومنتسبين ومبشرين بالعضوية يتوافدون على الدوحة من أجل إخراج هذا الجسد من غرفة العناية المشددة التي فشل الطبيب إريك شوفالييه في إخراجه منها لوحده. فلا الصورة الجماعية لقيادته مع الرئيس هولاند، ولا الضخ المالي والدعم الديبلوماسي كان كافياً. العقل البراغماتي الأميركي كان أكثر حذاقة عندما أخذ بعض الأفكار المطروحة من السيد رياض سيف، فأعاد صياغتها بما يتناسب مع الخروج الراديكالي من قصة المجلس الوطني السوري. السيدة هيلاري كلينتون أعلنت نهاية صلاحية البضاعة. وصار من الضروري أن تحدث الولادة القسرية والقيصرية لمولود جديد يستلم ولاية العهد عن أخيه الذي لم يستثمر البيعة الخليجية والتركية والغربية، ولم ...

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The Agonies of Susan Rice: Gaza and the Negroponte Doctrine

[Susan Rice in 2007, several years before she was appointed US Ambassador to the United Nations. Image from New America Foundation via Flickr]

In the dark of night, on 14 November, the United Nations Security Council met to discuss Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. As elections in Israel are on the horizon, the Israeli Defense Force conducted an extra-judicial assassination of Hamas’ Ahmad Jabari, who only hours beforehand had received a draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel (according to Nir Hasson at Haaretz). A barrage of Israeli aircraft and warships followed Jabari’s assassination. A few rockets were fired from Gaza, but these have had a negligible impact. The war on Gaza is not between two armed forces, even matched, each flying the flag of a country; it is a war between a major military ...

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The Situation in Gaza: Ali Abunimah on Al-Jazeera

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Co-Founder of Electronic Intifada, Ali Abunimah, addresses the latest Israeli assault on Gaza. Abunimah's writings can be accessed here.    

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 15)

[Kuwaiti Protest Outside Government Offices. 8 March 2011. Photo by Ra'ed Qutena]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating about the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations GCC recognizes new Syrian opposition bloc A news report on the Gulf Cooperation Council’s recognition of the National Coalition of the Syrian opposition, on Al-Jazeera English.  Qatar and UAE look to bolster defence systems A news report on the efforts of ...

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Getting Past the Brink: Protests and the Possibilities of Change in Jordan

[Jordanian policemen prepare to disperse protesters blocking a main road during a demonstration against a rise in fuel prices in downtown Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, 14 Nov. 2012. Hundreds of Jordanians chanted slogans against the king and threw stones at riot police as they protested in several cities for a second day Wednesday amid rising anger over fuel price hikes. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)]

On Tuesday, 13 November 2012, protesters took to the streets across several cities in Jordan. The immediate spark for the protests was the government’s announcement that it would cut fuel subsidies as a means of addressing its budget deficit and securing a two billion dollar loan from the International Monetary Fund. Such cuts are poised to generate price increases of fifty percent for cooking gas, thirty-three percent for heating gas, and fourteen percent on lower car gasoline. Specific figures have been difficult to ascertain, but estimates for the Amman protest average at two to three thousand people, while those in Salt and other urban centers outside the ...

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Exclusive: Shahin Najafi on the Perils of Being an Artist in Iran

[cover of Shahin Najafi's album Hich Hich Hich. photo by Reza Ahmadi]

Iranian musician and songwriter Shahin Najafi describes himself as an artist who shows no mercy to any group or any part of the political spectrum. In his work nothing appears to be sacred; his lyrics constantly question political authoritarianism, social injustice, ideological dogmas, and cultural taboos. Shahin Najafi’s defiant spirit put him at loggerheads with the authorities in Iran and compelled him to leave the country in 2004 in order to continue his work without fear of persecution. But even that did not end his troubles with Iranian authorities. Earlier this year, he had to take temporary refuge in a house near Cologne, Germany after a cleric in Iran ...

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Tadween Publishing Joins The Jadaliyya Community Today

Tadween Publishing is a new kind of publishing house that seeks to institutionalize a new form of knowledge production. A subsidiary of the Arab Studies Institute, Tadween aims both to publish critical texts and to interrogate the existing processes and frameworks through which knowledge is produced. Specifically, Tadween is dedicated to four fundamental goals: To join the current that challenges the monopoly of the mainstream publishing world by expanding and deepening the notion of what is publication-worthy; To offer readers thoroughly interactive products that bring the benefits of technology to refined ...

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في جذور الأسباب البنيوية للانتفاضة السورية

للانتفاضة السورية الحالية أسباب بنيوية تتجاوز العامل المستمر، أي القمع. ترتبط هذه الاسباب بالمعطيات السياسية ــ الاقتصادية التي اجتاحت سوريا منذ العام 1986، عندما بدأ النظام عملياً في تحويل تحالفاته الاجتماعية والسياسية من العمال إلى الأعمال. والاشارة تحديداً تخص العلاقة المتصاعدة في العقود القليلة الماضية بين النخبتين السياسية والاقتصادية في سوريا، وتداعياتها على تحديد السياسات على مدى يقرب من الـ 25 عاماً. يسود هذا التفاعل الجديد للسلطة معظم الاقتصادات السياسية العالمية، لكنه يولّد آثاراً مؤذية بحسب ...

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ثورة . . . أما بعد

بعد عام من أول إنتخابات شرعية في تونس أضحت البلاد  منذ تولي الحكومة الحالية - المنتخبة ديمقراطياً - ساحةً للعديد من الصراعات بين أديولوجيات مختلفة متناسيةً بذلك الأهداف الأساسية التي من أجلها أستشهد المئات من الشباب: شغل، حرية، كرامة وطنية ..إنه لمن المحزن مشاهدة الثورة تحيد  عن مسارها تاركةً الشعب التونسي وآماله في مهب الريح .عام مضى، وكل ما كسبه الشعب التونسي هو تقلبات مزاجية صباحية مردها حكومة شرعية تنقصها الشفافية في التعامل مع مطامح شباب ثار على الظلم والطغيان، وأمل في حياة كريمة قوامها ...

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Plurality, Hybridity, and the Self: A Review of Benjamin Stora's "Voyages en postcolonies"

Benjamin Stora, Voyages en postcolonies. Paris : Stock, 2012.  Si je dis “L'Algérie est un pays musulman,” on m'accuse de faire le jeu des intégristes. Si je dis “L'Algérie n'est qu'un pays républicain,” on me rétorquera qu'il ne faut pas oublier qu'elle est un pays musulman. La France fonctionnne par images fixes, alors que l'Algérie échappe aux définintions simples. Une sorte de mixité, de métissage, de pluralité, de circulation sur fond d'héritages multiples a modelé le pays. If I ...

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Two Steps Back: How HR 35 Fails to Protect California Students

In August 2012, the California State Assembly passed House Resolution 35 (HR35). Although it is non-binding and carries no immediate legal implications, the resolution seeks to address anti-Semitism on University of California and California State University campuses by encouraging administrators to take greater initiative, including actions against students and faculty who express critical views of Israel.  Representatives passed the resolution in response to an increase in the severity and ...

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[هذه النصوص للكاتب السوري الكبير زكريا تامر من صفحة “المهماز” التي يكتبها على الفيسبوك. تنشرها “جدلية” بالاتّفاق مع الكاتب وبمناسبة ترجمتها إلى الإنكليزية من قبل الشاعرة الأمريكية االمعروفة مارلين هاكر. يمكنكم قراءة الترجمة هنا]       “من أنت؟” من هو السوري؟  السوري هو مواطن مغمور ليس ذائع الصيت اختار الموت والسجن والصبر على العذاب والهوان طريقاً إلى الحرية.. والسوري هو مواطن يقيم خارج سوريا ومواطن يقيم بداخلها ويتأهب للخروج منها إذا استطاع، وما يوحد بين الداخل والخارج هو ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (November 15)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Maghreb and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Maghreb Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Wednesday night of every week.] Algeria Algeria Faces off US Pressure on Mali Abdel Bari Atwan opines an approval of Algeria's rejection of joint military intervention in Mali. Algeria increasing ...

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Bodies for Ballots

They say when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. But, when you are a politician and all you have is a hammer, you must convince voters every problem looks like a nail. This is the only thinking that can explain Israel’s behavior in escalating bombardment of Gaza. The Israeli spin machines are out in full force in the hopes of convincing Israelis and the rest of the world that the attacks on Gaza are in self-defense. But anyone following the situation closely and over time will ...

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New Texts Out Now: The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order?

Bassam Haddad, Rosie Bsheer, and Ziad Abu-Rish, editors. The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? London: Pluto Press, 2012.   Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Bassam Haddad, Rosie Bsheer, and Ziad Abu-Rish (BRZ): This volume is primarily comprised of articles that were originally published on Jadaliyya during the first six to nine months of the Arab uprisings. As the initial phase of the uprisings subsided, counter-revolution set in, and grand narratives ...

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الأطراف والمصالح التي تعوق التغيير الحميد في الخليج

يبدو لي أن هناك أعداداً متنامية من المطالبين بالتغيير الذين بدأوا يشكلون كتلةً حرجةً ترى أن بقاء الأمور على حالها في الخليج أمرٌ غير مستدام، وأنه أصبح الآن أمراً واجباً المطالبة بالتغيير علناً، حتى لا تنزلق المنطقة في درب غير حميد قد يأكل الأخضر واليابس. اختلفت الآراء بشأن حجم هذا التغيير وماهيته ووتيرته، بناءً على الأفكار والانتماءات والمصالح المترتبة. لايزال المطلب الأكثر تردداً بين التيارات السياسية الرئيسية في الخليج هو الإصلاح، وإن وصلت في بعض دوله إلى المطالبة بما هو أكثر من ذلك. في رأيي أن ما ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 15)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Perspectives   The Struggle of Twice-Displaced Refugees: Palestinians Fleeing Syria to Lebanon Dina Amer tells the story of Meesar Lahan, one of many ...

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Timeline: Israel's Latest Escalation in Gaza

Earlier today it was reported that Israel assassinated the leader of Hamas’ military wing, Ahmed Jabari, breaking a tentative truce with Palestinian fighters that had been in place since Monday. The truce followed an escalation in violence that began last Thursday in which six Palestinian civilians were killed, including three children, and more than fifty others injured. The IMEU offers the following timeline of the recent violence and a fact sheet on previous Israeli ceasefire violations. I. ...

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غزة "القلعة الأخيرة" والأولى

أتذكر في خضم الأحداث الثورية في مصر، كنت دائماً أميل لفكرة التصعيد على حساب التسليح التي راجت بين شباب الثورة المصرية رداً على توحش العسكر والداخلية وتحديداً في فترات محمد محمود وأحداث مجلس الوزراء والعباسية. والفارق بين التصعيد والتسليح فارق كبير من حيث مخزون الردع/التدمير في المواجهات، فالتصعيد لا يشترط أن يكون بالسلاح المركب "المعقد"، قد يكون التصعيد هو وسيلة لتعطيل مخزون الردع/التدمير الخاص بسلاح الطرف الآخر كالبندقية وقنابل الغاز مثلاً مما يفقده أفضليتها الميدانية، مثال ذلك في الثورة كان ...

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