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[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: 100, 200, 400, 600 Palestinians killed by Israel’s war apparatus. These numbers gloss over many details: the majority of Gazans, one of the most populated and impoverished areas in the ...

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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 U.S. media's 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) ...


Living Under Threat of Expulsion: Palestinian Women Photograph Life in Susiya Village

[Members of the Nawaja family in their tent. Image by the women of Susiya/Activestills.]

These photographs were taken by women residents of Susiya village from the Nawaja family, ranging from teenagers to the elderly. Here are their names: Wadcha, Basma, Iman, Iam, Hitam, Ula, Rabicha, Samicha, Sane, Samma, Hadija, Sanaa, and Khitam. In 2011, the women of Susiya documented their lives as a part of a participatory photography project conducted by Activestills photographer Keren Manor and guest photographer Mareike Lauken. This project was one of many activities of the village’s Creative and Learning Center. The Palestinian West Bank village of Susiya is again under threat of demolition by Israeli government authorities. 

Around four hundred people ...

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Cairo Event: PhotoCairo 5 "more out of curiosity than conviction" (14 Nov - 17 Dec 2012)

[Installing Iman Issa's new piece 'Illustrations for Future Narratives' at CIC.]

Cairo Event: Photo Cairo 5: more out of curiosity than conviction 14 Nov – 17 Dec 2012 Photo Cairo 5: more out of curiosity than conviction is a large-scale contemporary art project in Downtown Cairo. Exhibition : 14 November-17 December 2012 Preview: 8pm, 14 November Artists: Mohamed Abdelkarim, David Degner, Ahmed El Ghoneimy, Samir ElKordy, Saskia Holmkvist, Iman Issa, Hassan Khan, Basim Magdy, Elizabeth Price, André Romão, Ben Russell, Hanaa Safwat, Sarah Samy, Noura Seif, Mahmoud Tarek, and Sama Waly Venues: Townhouse Factory Space (information point) Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) Mahmoud Bassiouny st shopfront PhotoCairo 5 is about ways in ...

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Counting Calories and Making Lemonade in Gaza

[Rafah Tunnel, 2009. Image by Zoriah]

The calorie is a crucial measurement in our self-imposed scrutiny of the body. As a recently released Israeli government document shows, it is also an instrument of rule. After a two-year legal battle, the Israeli human rights organization Gisha has secured the release of “Food Consumption in the Gaza Strip — Red Lines.” Measurement obsession In September 2007, after Hamas took control of Gaza, the Israeli cabinet restricted the passage of goods, fuel, and people to and from the strip. Prepared in January 2008, “Red Lines” prescribes the “humanitarian minimum” of this policy. In implementing the siege on Gaza, Israeli officials sought to allow “for subsistence ...

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Five Texts by Zakaria Tamer

[Zakaria Tamer. Image from Arabiyya.net]

Five Texts by Zakaria Tamer Translated by Marilyn Hacker Who are you? Who is the Syrian? The Syrian is an unknown citizen, he did not become famous for having chosen death, prison, and endurance over suffering and self-abasement as the path to freedom. The Syrian is a citizen living outside Syria and a citizen living within its borders readying himself to leave as soon as he is able, and what unites Syrians inside and outside Syria is a loathing of tyrants and their regimes from A to Z. The little one is eaten and the big one is eaten The great thief devoured many little thieves, and the people exchanged satisfied glances, and they whispered in hushed ...

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Letter to IMF From Egyptian Parties, NGOs, Syndicates and Political Movements

[No to IMF loan. Image by @iTefa]

[The following letter was issued on 11 November 2012 in light of the ongoing negotiations between the government of Egypt and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It was issued by various organizations, political parties, movements, and syndicates to express their disapproval of this process.] Dr. Hisham Qandil Prime Minister of Egypt Magles El Shaab St., Kasr El Aini St.Cairo Ms. Christine Lagarde Managing Director International Monetary Fund, 700 19th Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20431 11 November 2012 Dear Dr. Qandil and Ms. Lagarde, We, the undersigned civil society groups and political parties, are writing to express our concerns about the proposed ...

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City, Space, Power: Lahore’s Architecture of In/Security

[Multiple layers of security barriers outside the entrance to the Governor’s House in Lahore. Photograph by Sadia Shirazi.]

Casualties of War Lahore today looks like a city at war. One of the greatest unacknowledged casualties of the United States’ “war on terror” has been the cities—and citizenry—of Pakistan. The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to oust the Taliban from power in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.[1] In 1985, sixteen years prior, President Ronald Reagan equated the Taliban mujahideen who had defeated the Soviets in Afghanistan as “the moral equivalent of America’s founding fathers.”[2] This presidential stance has obviously changed since. In 2008, the US committed another surge of troops to Afghanistan due to the continued presence of the Taliban in ...

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Inhale Reality, Exhale the Truth

[Political rally for US President Barack Obama on the Pentacrest of the University of Iowa. Image by Douglas Jones via Wikimedia Commons.]

Scattered are the lunatics, like rats, scurrying across the floor in panic when the lights are turned on. For forty years they have assumed that the cultural world of the United States is to their advantage. Hatred of the outsider and of women distinguished their social view. Theirs is the rhetoric of freedom and liberty papering over, lightly, a politics of suffocation. The main word was No: no to this, no to that, no to a woman’s right to dignity, no to the unfurling of the full personality of the outsider; no to the social wage: public transport, public schools, public health care, public welfare, and of course no to getting high. This election revealed that ...

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Reports Roundup (November 10)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Trial of Israeli Attack on Freedom Flotilla Begins on November 6 IHH Humanitarian Relief foundation reports on the opening of the trial on Israel's attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla in Çağlayan Courthouse in Turkey. The suspects, which include several high-ranking individuals within the Israeli Defense Forces, will be tried as "fugitive suspects."  Urgent Call for Kurdish Hunger Strikers in Turkey This letter seeks to draw attention to the 683 Kurdish detainees on hunger strike in Turkish ...

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International Call Out: British CEO’s Actions Threaten Union Rights in Lebanon

[Spinneys workers announce their independent union. Image by Farfahinne via Flickr]

[The following call out was issued by Friends of Spinneys Workers on 9 November 2012 in reaction to attempts by Spinneys’ CEO and others to undermine recent successes by Spinneys workers in operating their recently-recognized independent union. For background on the struggle to form the independent union of Spinneys workers, read "Unionizing in Lebanon."] Employees at the Lebanese branches of the supermarket chain Spinneys are being fired from work, physically assaulted, and psychologically terrorized for daring to set up a legally sanctioned independent union––the first such union in Lebanon in decades. Spinneys’ British CEO Michael Wright, in cahoots with ...

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Putting Palestine on the Map

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They want their homeland? They should fight for it. -- Ali Khaled, father of Leila Khaled, 1950s With the US embroiled in Afghanistan’s endless theater, the debate around insurgencies has once more taken hold. In 2007, Jeffery Record’s Beating Goliath detailed the story of how some insurgencies end up defeating their much more powerful adversaries. Three years later, the RAND Corporation published Ben Connable and Martin Libicki’s How Insurgencies End, which showed that such struggles last for ten years, giving the stubborn Goliath the best odds if they are able to quell public opinion in their own country and break the support networks for their David. The US War ...

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Draft Resolution Requesting Palestine Upgrade from Observer Mission Status to Observer State Status

[Image from screen shot of website for Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations.]

[On 8 November 2012, the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations submitted a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly requesting an upgrade from Observer Mission status to Observer State status within the United Nations. Such an upgrade would represent the will of a majority of UN member states (132/193). It does not alter, however,  the application for statehood still before the UN Security Council and at its ultimate discretion. The resolution is not final and there is no set date upon which it will be considered. Below is the text of the draft resolution. For an analysis of the status upgrade and statehood bid as well as the various ...

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Syria: When Official Memory is Amnesia

[Bab Kisan, now the Greek Catholic Chapel of St. Paul, where by legend disciples lowered Saint Paul in a basket, helping him escape from Damascus. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

With those who would kill him waiting at each of the gates of Damascus should he try to escape, Saul of Tarsus, the man who would come to be known as Christianity’s St. Paul, fled nonetheless.  Crouching in a basket, he was lowered over the city’s walls by his supporters, and he fled into the Syrian night. It was nearly two thousand years ago that Saul, a soldier, came from Jerusalem to Damascus, dispatched and hell-bent on a mission to arrest followers of Jesus Christ—a man who, among other things, had led an affront to the ruling regime of Rome and the Jewish clergy. But instead, along the road to Damascus, his journey was interrupted by what Christian lore ...

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Cairo Event: In tribute to the history of studio photographic practice in Egypt: On Photography, at Studio Viennoise (14 November - 16 December 2012)

Cairo Event: In tribute to the history of studio photographic practice in Egypt: On Photography, at Studio Viennoise 14 November - 16 December 2012 (Soft Opening: 14 November at 7 pm. Closing event, “Finissage”: 16 December at 6 pm.) 7 Champollion Street, Downtown Cairo Daily 11am to 8pm, until 10pm during events Curated by Heba Farid and Paul Ayoub-Geday Keep Reading »

Egypt Media Roundup (November 12)

[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.]     “Who calls shots at Egypt's presidential palace, analysts ask” Recent cancellation of plans to close businesses at 10pm shows that presidency faces challenges ...

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بعد ما بعد الحداثة: مقالات في الأدائية وتطبيقات في السرد والسينما والفن

[“كتب” هي سلسلة جديدة على صفحات “جدلية” نستضيف فيها المؤلفين والمؤلفات في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة ونرفقه بفصل من الكتاب.] "بعد ما بعد الحداثة: مقالات في الأدائية وتطبيقات في السرد والسينما والفن" تأليف: راؤول ايشلمان. ترجمة: أماني أبو رحمة. عن دار أروقة.   جدلية: كيف تبلورت فكرة الكتاب وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟  أماني أبو رحمة: بدأت فكرة الكتاب منذ عامين تقريباً وأثناء بحثي عن موضوعات كتاب “ما وراء القص: دراسات في رواية ما بعد الحداثة”، كنت أقرأ وأبحث كثيراً ...

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Conditions on Aid and the Politics of Development

It is mid-August and the heat in the eastern occupied West Bank is oppressive. The air is dry, wind whips up dust, and sand makes its way into the crevices of shoes, pores, and hair. The landscape is covered with settlement agricultural plantations, military outposts, and winding stretches of asphalt. In between this matrix of settlements and outposts are the stretches of makeshift Palestinian encampments – tin shacks and tents that look as though they would fly away with the slightest gust. Goats, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Nov 5-11)

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 videos.  Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.  Facebook Attempts to Shut Down the Voice of “The Uprising of Women in the Arab World” Sexual Harassment Video that Led to Removal of Rula Quawas as Dean at the University of Jordan Omar Saad: "I will not be a soldier in ...

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The Struggle of Twice-Displaced Refugees: Palestinians Fleeing Syria to Lebanon

Meesar Lahan’s personal story represents thousands of Palestinian refugees filtering into the Shatila refugee camp of Lebanon from war-stricken Syria. Their move to Lebanon represents a second displacement (the first being from Palestine), and many of these refugees are giving up hope, some even considering a return with their families back to Syria. The labyrinth of discrimination and segregation specific to the already existing Palestinian refugee population of Lebanon has made many of the new arrivals ...

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تحديات تنتظر "مدن الملح"

أهم عنصر للحياة هو الماء، وعند تأسيس المدن الكبيرة تاريخيّاً كانت دائماً ما تبنى بالقرب من مصادر المياه. إما على ضفاف الأنهار، أو على شواطئ البحار. لا توجد في أي من دول الخليج مصادر مياه نهرية، ولذلك فقد تكوّنت غالبية المدن على ضفاف شواطئ الخليج.  اكتشاف النفط وتصديره غير المورد الأهم لبناء هذه المدن، فتحوّل أهم مقومات الحياة من الماء إلى النفط. تعتمد غالبية مدن الخليج بشكل شبه مطلق على تحلية مياه البحر كمصدرها الرئيس للمياه، وغنيٌّ عن القول؛ إن هذا المصدر يحتاج إلى جرعات مكثفة من الطاقة ...

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Facebook Attempts to Shut Down the Voice of “The Uprising of Women in the Arab World”

[The following statement was issued by activists involved in The Uprising of Women in the Arab World on 7 November 2012 in response to attempts by Facebook to suppress their online activities. It was originally issued in Arabic, English, and French. This English version has been slightly edited for style. The Arabic version, along with an introduction and background to the issue, can be found on Beirut Walls.] On the morning of 7 November 2012, the five admins of The Uprising of Women in the Arab World ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (October 2012)

This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to ...

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الأمة المصرية حين تفقد لغتها : لغة الرب أم لغة المستعمر؟

"اللغة توفر الحرية والقيد، والفهم وسوء الفهم معاً" نيلوفر حائري يتحكم في استخدام اللغة وتقنينها ثالوث الأمة والدين والدولة. وفي مصر تدرس الباحثة الأمريكية نيلوفر حائري (ذات أصل إيراني) الوضع اللغوي العامي وعلاقته بالأبنية الاجتماعية والثقافية والسياسية خلال فترتين (1987-1988 و1995-1996) في كتابها"لغة مقدسة وناس عاديون: معضلات الثقافة والسياسة في مصر" بترجمة إلهام عيداروس ومراجعة مديحة دوس (المركز القومي للترجمة، 2011). تركز فصول الكتاب حيال أربعة مواضيع: العلاقة بين اللغة ...

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Butheina H. Kazim on BDS and Defining "Powerful Arab Women"

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): What do you think are the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting, and Twitter? Butheina Hamed Kazim (BHK): Immediacy of news distribution, whether you're on the receiving or dispatching end. The timeliness, variety, and volume of information on Twitter is unmatched by any other ...

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Palestinian Youth Statement from Lebanon

[The following statement was issued by supporters of a Palestinian youth group, from a rally in Beirut on 9 November 2012.] In his latest statement, Mahmoud Abbas, the term-expired president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), reiterated the PA’s commitment to the futile negotiations process and compromised Palestinian historical rights, foremost among them the Right of Return (RoR). Abbas’ recognition of the Zionist entity is a blatant violation of our right to Palestine, undivided, and ...

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