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[Destruction in Gaza, 2009. Image by Wikimedia Commons User Gloucester2Gaza.]

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 ...

[Maryam al-Khawaja. Image from Flickr/amnestystudent]

Message From Human Rights Defender Maryam al-Khawaja

[This statement of concern was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Right on 29 August, 2014, shortly after Maryam al-Khawaja was detained in Bahrain].  The Bahrain Center for Human rights expresses its grave concern over ...

[Image of the remnants of a home in a village in northern Somalia. Image by najeeb/Flickr.]

On the Margins Roundup (August)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins ...

[The Nile in Egypt. Image courtesy of]

Sharing the Nile Waters According to Needs

A ministerial-level meeting in Khartoum including Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan to establish mechanisms for further investigations of the consequences of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) downstream has concluded, on Tuesday, 26 ...

A Separate Piece?: Gaza and the “No-State Solution”

[Crop from image below illustrating Gaza's spatial separation from Palestine. Image by Michal Wexler.]

In recent months, more and more quarters of respectable opinion have sounded the alarm that at some undefined point in the future, partition of Israel/Palestine along the 1967 lines will no longer be “feasible.” Yet any ensuing fights over the accuracy – or even the public acceptability – of such announcements miss how far ahead the Zionist right is on these questions. Unwedded to any pieties about “moderation” or the “two-state solution,” some Zionists have floated the idea of formally annexing the West Bank and extending citizenship to Palestinians – but with the massive asterisk of excluding the 1.7 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in order to forestall a ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (December 4)

[Destruction in Gaza after Israeli bombardment, part of Operation Pillar of Defense. Image by Scott Bobb. From Wikimedia Commons.]

 [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 by Monday night of every other week]   Commentary "Obama’s pick for CIA could affect drone program", Greg Miller President Obama’s choice of successor to CIA director David Petraeus, a proponent of the agency’s drone fleet, may signal the administration’s desire to continue or back off from the agency’s “pronounced shift toward ...

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Letter From Center for Constitutional Rights and Other Groups to University of California President Advising Him of Need to Protect Pro-Palestinian Speech on Campus

[Protest poster showing face of University of California President Mark Yudof. Image by Keoki Seu via Flickr]

[The following introduction and letter were published by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on 3 December 2012.] Today, CCR and other civil rights groups submitted a letter to University of California (UC) President Mark Yudof, pressing him to consider the chilling effect of efforts to target Arab, Muslim and other students advocating for Palestinian rights on UC campuses, and to take affirmative steps to protect pro-Palestinian speech on campus.  In particular, the letter points to the rash of baseless legal complaints that have increased scrutiny of student activism on Palestine, to a UC-initiated "campus climate" report that labels ...

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ملف من الأرشيف: غادة السمان


  [”ملف من الأرشيف“ هي سلسة تقوم ”جدلية“ بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات ستكون لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.]      الإسم: غادة الشهرة: السمان إسم الأب:  احمد إسم الأم: سلمى رويحة تاريخ الولادة: 1942 الجنسية: سوريا/لبنان مكان الولادة: دمشق الفئة: مؤلفة المهنة: كاتبة    غادة السمان • سورية حائزة على الجنسية اللبنانية. • واحدة من أشهر الأديبات العربيات وأكثرهن جرأة. تركت أثراً ملحوظاً في الأدب العربي الحديث. • ولدت سنة 1942 في قرية الشامية القريبة من مدينة دمشق. • والدها: أحمد السمان، كان أستاذاً جامعياً ...

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Neither Regret Nor Remorse: Colonial Nostalgia Among French Far Right

[Gérard Longuet gestures an

[On 17 October 1961, tens of thousands of Algerian protesters peacefully demonstrated against violations against their civil liberties in Paris. In the midst of the war of Independence (1954 – 1962), the FLN (Front de libération nationale) was engaged in a violent struggle against France that relied on the mobilization within the Metropole as well as combat in Algeria. As a result of FLN activities, the prefecture of police French state imposed a curfew on all of the approximately 150,000 Algerians living in Paris at the time (many of whom were officially considered French). The details of what transpired that night remain controversial, but what is clear is that tens, ...

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A New Mohawk

[Artwork of a mohawk.]

Most of the Mohawks in America are unincorporated territories, areas that lie outside of any municipality or township. I didn’t even know these places still existed. Apparently, unincorporated territories are either so small, destitute, or isolated that no city, town, or respectably incorporated area has seen reason to claim them; neither have the people who live in these unincorporated territories seen fit to claim themselves. I still can’t figure quite why these places would all be named Mohawk, but maybe it has something to do with a Mohawk being a sort of inherently in between space. There’s Lake Mohawk, New Jersey; Mohawk, Indiana; Mohawk, Oregon; and Mohawk, ...

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Safe Haven: Christians in Qaraqosh, Iraq

[A child is baptized in al Tahira church in Qaraqosh. Photo by Andy Spyra.]

Photographs taken in early 2012 by Andy Spyra. Text essay by Sinan Antoon. The plight of Christians in the Arab world attracts disproportionate attention in the “West” mostly to score political and “civilizational” points. Nevertheless, it is a serious problem that deserves genuine concern. An understanding of the genealogy and complexity of this plight is best sought beyond Islamophobia and other similarly reductive perspectives. Instead of narratives that imagine and situate the origins of consistent oppression in the distant past, a more careful look at the last few decades is far more productive. Iraq is a prime example. Until a few decades ago, its non-Assyrian ...

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جدلية: لماذا وكيف؟ حوار مع بسام حداد

[نشرت هذه المقابلة مؤخراً في العدد الأول من مجلة "البوابة التاسعة" وكان قد أجراها نات مولر وعمر خليف قبل أشهر لكن نشرها تأخر لحين صدور العدد الأول.  وهنا تعيد جدلية نشرها] الإطلاق التجريبي الذي جرى في أيلول (سبتمبر) الماضي للمجلة الإلكترونية الإنكليزيّة – العربيّة، "جدليّة"، وهي المبادرة غير الربحيّة التي أطلقها معهد الدراسات العربيّة (ASi) في واشنطن، لم يقدّر له استشراف الموقع الذي تحتلّه المجلّة اليوم. فالانتفاضات العربيّة، البالغة زخمها بعد أشهر قليلة من ذاك الإطلاق، دفعت هذه المجلّة الالكترونيّة بقوّة لتحتلّ مركزًا متقدّمًا في قلب السجالات والتحليلات الدائرة في العالم العربي. منبر الأفكار الذي تمثّله "جدليّة"، التي تُدار على نحو ...

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Citizenship and the New “State of Palestine”

[Close-up of placard for Palestinian seat at the United Nations. Image by Jeff Kubina.]

In his second attempt to obtain United Nations recognition of Palestine as a state, on 29 November 2012 Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas requested the General Assembly to accept the bid for non-member observer state status. An overwhelming majority of countries—138 of them—voted yes. The vote’s implications are largely symbolic for the time being, but it does mean that “Palestine” signifies the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel in 1967.  Now, rather than “Palestine” signifying a nation, it can be considered an official state within the parameters of international law. The aftermath of the vote will demonstrate that even decades after most ...

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A Constitution That Divides?

[Sign in Tahrir Square that reads

The current events unfolding in Egypt test the limits of healthy transition to democracy. The process of drafting the new constitution has come out as the outcome of dire political struggle, rather than the outcome of national consensus that would propel the country through transitioning to rule of law and economic and social development. On 22 November 2012, President Mohamed Morsi issued a self-described “Constitutional Declaration” giving the president very broad and unchecked powers. Among other things, the decree provides that all the president’s decisions, since day one, shall be immune from judicial review. The decision steered instant outrage of legal minds and ...

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The Draft Constitution: Some Controversial Stipulations

[Protests in Tahrir on November 30th. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.]

  After long hours of article-by-article voting on the Egyptian constitution by the Constituent Assembly, the draft was passed on early Friday. The current draft has been submitted to President Mohamed Morsy, who in turn will put it up for a referendum, the conditions of which remain unknown in the wake of a recent crisis between the president and the judiciary. However, the draft follows a tumultuous and unresolved writing process, with many non-Islamist members of the assembly quitting in objection to the non-representative nature of the document. More than twenty-two members of the one hundred-strong assembly withdrew, including church representatives, ...

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Reports Roundup (December 1)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Joint Statement by Twenty-Two Egyptian Rights Organizations on Morsi Declaration Egyptian rights organizations came together to reject Morsi's constitutional declaration as an attack on the judiciary and rule of law.  America's Native Prisoners of War Aaron Huey's TEDx presentation traces the history of settlers and occupiers that led to the founding of the United States, a history that is reflected in the current events in Palestine.  Bassem Yousef's The Show: Mohamed Mahmoud Street (Video with English ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 4)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on 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.] Reports and opinions Saudis detain families at rights protests A news report on the arrest of dozens of Saudi civilians who were demanding the release of their ...

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Who's Afraid of the Qassams?

One of the more remarkable yet less remarked upon moments of the recent Israeli massacre in Gaza came when the Qassam Brigades gave a press conference on 17 November. They had a message for the Israeli public: “It was your leadership,” they said, “that dragged you into this and into the shelters to score cheap political points.” The causes for the latest Israeli massacre in Gaza are more complex than the Qassam Brigades statement made them out to be. The main driver is the restoration of Israeli ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 3)

[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 by Sunday night of every week.]   “Amr Darrag on Egypt's 'perfect' constitution” The secretary-general of the Constituent Assembly and member of the Freedom and Justice Party defends the draft ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Nov 26-Dec 2)

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.   Quick Thoughts on the Significance of the November 2012 Palestine UN Bid More Quick Thoughts on Palestine at the United Nations Morsi and his Adversaries Tradition and the Anti-Politics Machine: DAM Seduced by the “Honor ...

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Letter from Maryam Alkhawaja to Kim Kardashian

[The following letter was issued by Maryam Alkhawwaja, Acting President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, on 29 November 2012.]  Dear Ms. Kardashian, My name is Maryam Alkhawaja, and I am writing in my capacity as the Acting President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR). [Our work has been recognized by a number of international human rights bodies over the last few years- see below.] I am pleased that you’ll be visiting Bahrain, and that you’re interested in using your celebrity ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (November 2012)

    This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of October 2012. It also includes the most recent videos and the most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series, and we now have a page dedicated to all roundups. Timeline: Israel's Latest Escalation in Gaza Sexual Harassment Video that Led to Removal of Rula Quawas as Dean at the University of Jordan "من ...

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Copts and the Power over Personal Status

When President Mubarak introduced amendments to the 1971 Constitution in the year 2007, the always contested issue of the status of sharia in Egyptian law reemerged in public discourse. Among the most unexpected contributions to the debate that ensued was that made by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, the late Pope Shenouda III. In stark contrast to positions he had adopted in the 1970s, at the height of his struggle with President Anwar Sadat over the ‘Islamization’ of Egyptian society, the position that ...

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Palestine at the United Nations?

The significance of the United Nations General Assembly vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state has been exaggerated by opponents and proponents alike. It has no consequences for the status of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, nor does it undermine the rights of Palestinian refugees living in exile, the occupied territories, or indeed Israel as codified in international law and particularly UNGA Resolution 194 ...

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حول العرب وصحوة الفن: تحذيرات من الشعوب المخدَّرة

في خضم التعليقات حول امبريالية المحسوبية الأميركية، والمفهوم الأنثوي للأمن، والحركة الديمقراطية في المكسيك يظهر مقال "الفن والصحوة العربية"، لنعمة خليل في Foreign Policy Focus  في الثاني من آب، 2012 كوصف مضيء وممتع للانتاج الفني الذي بدأ يستحوذ على الاهتمام العالمي خلال "الصحوة العربية." لقد شهدنا الكثير من الاحتفاء بالفن العربي منذ 2001[i]، ولكن وضع مقال خليل في منتدى أميركي- للناطقين بالانجليزية عن السياسة الخارجية يثير أسئلة عن العلاقات الدولية التي تُمارس عن طريق الانتاج ...

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Israeli Supreme Court Hearing on Petition Against Anti-Boycott Law Set for 5 December

[The following statement was issued by the Who Profits? project and was first published on the BDS Movement website on 1 December 2012.]  On Wednesday, 5 December 2012, the Israeli Supreme Court will conduct a hearing on the petition filed by the Coalition of Women for Peace against the anti-boycott law, which was passed by the Knesset in July 2011. This anti-democratic law is a blunt violation of political and civil liberties and is clearly a political attempt to ...

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November Culture

Jadaliyya's November culture bouquet arrived on the last day of November. Culture Page co-editor Maymanah Farhat reviews a recent exhibit by the Lebanese-American artist Etel Adnan. Mai Serhan reviews Tahani Rached's latest documentary. Ghad Mourad translates poems by the Lebanese poet Wadih Saadeh. Sinan Antoon and Peter Money translate three poems by the Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef: * Maymanah Farhat, "Etel Adnan at the Base of the Mountain." * Ghada Mourad, "Wadih Saadeh: Because of a ...

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Qatar and the Palestinians

Whether in terms of timing or substance, the October 2012 visit of Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to the Gaza Strip defies simple explanation. As so often where Palestinian politics is concerned, a cottage industry of explanations and interpretations rapidly materialized. Thus Qatar was either seeking to ensure the support of Hamas’s Gaza leaders for the re-election of Khalid Mashaal to the leadership of the Islamist movement’s Politbureau; using its considerable influence with the ...

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