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Jadaliyya Launches New Palestine Page

Since its launch in 2010, Jadaliyya has published many incisive pieces on Palestine and the Palestinians across a broad disciplinary spectrum. We have examined issues as diverse as Palestinian refugees in Syria, the assault on Palestinian ...

[Damaged UN school and remmants of the Ministry of Interior in Gaza City, December 2012. Image by Wikimedia Commons User Grahaa.]

Permission to Kill in Gaza

In the summer of 2014, Israel unleashed unprecedented violence against the Gaza Strip. Although it was third such large-scale attack since 2008, the fourteenth military offensive since Israel’s unilateral disengagement in 2005, and the ...

[Watchtower, Rafah, Gaza Strip border with Egypt, April 2009. Image by Marius Arnesen.]

The Limits of Humanitarianism

The prose of collapse increasingly punctuates reports and communiques concerned with the well-being of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. As early as 2006, as the Israeli siege slowly settled into place, reports cautioned of the collapse ...

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Jadaliyya Launches Law and Conflict Page (Formerly O.I.L.: Occupation, Intervention, Law)

Since its launch in 2010, Jadaliyya has published extensively on themes relating to law and conflict. Until now, these pieces were featured on the Occupation, Intervention, Law (O.I.L.) Page, along with articles relating to Palestine. We ...

Is Everywhere Taksim?: Public Space and Possible Publics


    In a speech on 1 June, responding to the wave of protests sweeping through Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan proclaimed that “the issue is not the 5-10 trees that are being removed.” By calling the demonstrators “ideological,” and suggesting they were simply opposition cadres or opportunistic rioters using the debate over the redevelopment of Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Parkı to stoke unrest against his government, Erdoğan meant to discredit them. But on this point, the prime minister and the crowds of people in the streets calling for his resignation would agree: this is now about something much broader than the few hundred trees threatened by the ...

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The View from Istiklal

[Atatürk Cultural Center, as seen from Gezi Park, 3 June. All images by Carole Woodall.]

More than a week has passed since activity began in Istanbul’s Gezi Park at Taksim Square. İstiklal Avenue, where I live, has been full of protestors waving or draped in the Turkish flag, carrying political banners, and shouting slogans: “Government Resign” (Hükümet İstifa), “Tayyip Resign” (Tayyip İstifa), “Shoulder to Shoulder We Stand Against Fascism” (Faşizme Karşı Omuz Omuza), and “This is only the beginning, the resistance continues” (Bu daha başlangıç, mücadeleye devam). These cries have filled the square and the one and a half kilometer walk down İstiklal, as the police have been absent from the area beginning late Saturday afternoon. Although there is a sense ...

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دائرة المطبوعات والنحر في الاردن

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Report on the Asfari Institute's Inaugural Conference on New Spaces of Civil Society Activism in the Arab World

[Image from the Asfari Institute's Inaugural Conference. Image provided by the American University of Beirut.]

[This post has been updated to include videos from the inaugural conference. They are embedded below the introduction.] Introduction Founded in November 2012, the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut (AUB) held its inaugural conference, “New Spaces of Civil Society Activism in the Arab World” this month. The conference took place in partnership with the Arab Studies Consortium (Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and the Arab Studies Institute at George Mason University) and Legal Agenda Beirut. Invited participants, whose backgrounds spanned academia to grassroots movements in the Middle East ...

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Students Against Israeli Apartheid Walk Out from Olmert's Speech

[GMU Students Against Israeli Apartheid.]

On 4 June, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert visited Washington DC’s Woodrow Wilson Center to offer a so-called “moderate” perspective on Middle East affairs and the Palestinian-Israeli impasse. A DC-area coalition of Palestinian justice activists, led by George Mason University Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), were there to challenge Olmert and interrupt the Wilson Center’s complicity with the ongoing normalization of Israeli occupation, settler colonialism, and apartheid. Making clear that no Zionist presence is welcome in the DC metropolitan area, throughout the event activists interrupted Olmert, discrediting the supposed “peace plan” he has been ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (May 2013)

[Graffiti in Lyon, France commemorating the Nakba, 2009. Image by Thierry Ehrman.]

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-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 [click "Submissions" on the main page for more information] مقابلة مع القيادي في حركة الجهاد الإسلامي ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 6)

[Children in Babila. 5 June 2013. From Lens Young Dimashqi.]

[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.] International and Regional Perspectives Muslim Brotherhood Opens Direct Links to Rebels in Damascus, providing them with direct financial assistance and promising them political influence in the future.  Why Turkey is Essential for the Syrian Opposition Erin Banco explains how Turkey supported the Syrian opposition so far, and how this may ...

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Erdogan in Morocco: The Politics of Reception

[Morocco's Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, right, and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan review the honor guard during a welcome ceremony at Rabat airport, Morocco, Monday, 3 June 2013. Erdogan was in Morocco for a two-day visit. As riot police used tear gas against protesters for a fourth straight day in Istanbul, Turkey's president and prime minister displayed wide differences Monday in their responses to those taking to the streets. One death was reported. Image from Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP Photo.]

A widely mediatized and well-timed state visit can double up both as a political opportunity and as a convenient distraction. Such was the case, or as it seems, for Erdogan’s tour in the Maghreb, starting with a first stop in Morocco, followed by Algeria, and ending with Tunisia. Despite attempts at public relations spinning, the violent repression of protests in Turkey has overshadowed international media coverage of Erdogan’s state visits. In Morocco, however, domestic media is more focused on another element of Erdogan’s recent visit: the lack of a royal welcome. While Erdogan’s visit was announced weeks ahead, King Mohammed VI remained in France, where he has been on ...

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Alone: Palestinian Children in the Israel Military Detention System (Video)

[Alone: Palestinian Children in the Israeli Military Detention System. Image from screen shot of below video.]

The following video was produced by Defense of the Children International (DCI). It depicts Israel's methods and practices of detaining Palestinian children. Quotes from the Video "Since 1967, Palestinians from the West Bank have lived under Israeli Military law. This Law is different from the civil law applied to Israelies living in the same territory." "7,500 Palestinian children are estimated to have been detained, interrogated and imprisoned within this military system since the year 2000."  

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New Texts Out Now: Eyad Houssami, Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre

[Covers of the English and Arabic editions of

Eyad Houssami, editor. Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre. Foreword by Elias Khoury. London: Pluto Press, 2012. Innana Mahkoumoun Bil Amal: Kitabat Fi Al Masrah. Beirut: Dar Al Adab, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What led you to commission and compile this collection? Eyad Houssami (EH): As a theater director, I am always thinking about why we make theater, what plays matter where, and how to stage drama today. I also think about how characters, stories, and public dialogue—intimate, immediate, unmediated—can draw people together. One of the problems with theater today is its insularity. Theaters are being padlocked and threatened with demolition in Beirut and Cairo. ...

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التطوير على طريقة عبد المنعم سعيد

كنا قد اتخذنا قراراً منذ بدء أزمة جريدة وموقع ”إيجيبت إندبندنت“، التابعَين لمؤسسة ”المصري اليوم“، ألا ندخل في مهاترات لا تهم القارئ الكريم. لكن مقال رئيس مجلس إدارة المؤسسة، الدكتور عبد المنعم سعيد، المنشور في 30 أبريل 2013 والمعنون ”أحلام المصري اليوم مرة أخرى“، دفعنا إلى كتابة رد مفصّل، احتراماً لحق القارئ في معرفة الحقيقة من ناحية أولى، وسعياً إلى وضع أزمة مشروعنا الصحفي المجهض في إطار الأزمة العامة للصحافة الحرة في مصر من ناحية ثانية. نكتب هذه السطور بينما يعود موقع “ايجيبت اندبندت” لنشر الاخبار التي تنتجها بالأساس جريدة ”المصري اليوم“ وبينما نتمني لفريقه كل النجاح، نرى أنه من الاهمية أن نوضح ما حدث.  يطرح مقال الدكتور سعيد رؤية محددة لأزمة ”إيجيبت إندبندنت“. ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (5 June)

[A portion of the Israel West Bank separation wall in Jerusalem. Image by Paolo Cuttitta.]

[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.] News "Israel to Build New Outposts In Jerusalem," Al Jazeera English AJE details Israel's plans to build more than 1,000 settler homes in predominantly Palestinian areas of Jerusalem.  "Social, Economic Situation of Palestine Refugee Bedouins is 'Nonviable,' UN Reports," UN News Centre The ...

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Trials and Tribulations of Turkish News Media

On 3 June, while mass protests against the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government were raging in several cities around Turkey, something equally important happened in Istanbul. Close to three thousand people gathered in front of the offices of Dogus Media Group, one of the five largest media conglomerates in Turkey. Waving paper money in their hands and holding up posters with the image of the three wise monkeys, they chanted “sell-out media.” In an ironic twist, NTV, Dogus Media’s flagship news ...

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Let Us Dot the ‘i’ and Cross the ‘t’: Insurgence and the End of ‘Tough Love’ Politics in Turkey

I think it was on the second day of the protests that I saw the photograph: a Gezi Park protester standing in front of a yellow warning sign. The municipality sign warns drivers to use alternative routes because of the construction work in Taksim Square. The activist is drawing a line through the letter “l” in the Turkish word çalışma (work) on the sign, which makes itçatışma (clash). This frame poetically captures Turkey’s unfolding contentious episode. During the construction work in Gezi ...

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Hasty Observations from the Gezi Park Resistance

The tweet I circulated before I went to the Gezi Park on Thursday read: “Could this place turn into a Tiananmen or Tahrir? Why not?” Under certain conditions, those things that we cannot fully grasp on the conscious level, we simply sense subconsciously. I must have sensed without knowing it, that a full-blown resistance would break out of a park that we were protecting from demolition as part of the state’s renovation plan. Taksim Square—where the park is located—was, after all, the only remaining ...

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Linah Alsaafin on Social Media and Palestine

[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? Linah Alsaafin (LAS): Twitter is a great aspect of citizen journalism. It brings worlds closer, in the sense that people living in different countries can easily interact with each other. One highlight is that ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (June 7)

[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 Thursday night of every week.]   Algeria Algeria: has the post-Bouteflika era already begun? Hicham Yezza probes the significance of Bouteflika’s illness and draws attention to the ...

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Contours of a New Republic and Signals from the Past: How to Understand Taksim Square

Much has been written about the protests in Istanbul and Turkey, which have unfolded since the initial occupation of Gezi Park by environmental activists on 28 May. In the attempt to make sense of the massive unrest which followed, several frames of explanation have emerged: The prism of the “Tahrir Republic” and the “Arab Spring” was fast at hand, so were the references to the “Indignados” of Spain the and the “Aganaktismenoi” of Greece, and increasingly also to the Occupy movement. The uprising in ...

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Tadween Roundup: News and Analysis in Publishing and Academia from the Arab World

[The following is a roundup of the latest news and analysis from the publishing world that relates to pedagogy and knowledge production. It was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more updates, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] News and stories with a focus on the publishing industry, education, and technology from across the Arab world. Information Technologies and Education in the Arab World By Rayna ...

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Jordan Starts Blocking "Unlicensed Websites"

The Commission directs you to do what is required to block the websites listed in the attached document and prevent your subscribers from accessing them before the end of today, 2 June 2013. Note that the websites that don’t have a URL in the list, you will be provided with later.   What followed was a list of 304 websites.   This is the request sent by the Jordanian Telecommunications Regulatory Commission to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on 2 June 2013, and published by Jordanian ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (May 2013)

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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سيناء في ذكرى تحريرها: سيادة منقوصة وأجواء منتهكة وجنود مختطفون

وافق الخامس والعشرون من أبريل المنصرم الذكرى الحادية والثلاثين للأعياد الوطنية المصرية المرتبطة بتحرير سيناء وفقاً لمعاهدة السلام التي أبرمها الرئيس الراحل محمد أنور السادات عام 1979 مع الطرف الإسرائيلي بمباركة أمريكية. وبعد أن دفع السادات عمره ثمناً للمعاهدة التي وقعها منفرداً وكانت سبباً في خروج مصر من جامعة الدول العربية واستقالة وزير الخارجية إسماعيل فهمي وعدد من الدبلوماسيين المصريين، منهم محمد البرادعي المدير السابق للوكالة الدولية للطاقة الذرية، فإن الشواهد الميدانية تشكك في حقيقة التحرير ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mounira Soliman and Walid El Hamamsy, Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa

Mounira Soliman and Walid El Hamamsy, editors, Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook. London and New York: Routledge, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection? Mounira Soliman and Walid El Hamamsy (MS & WH): The idea for this book came from our perceived awareness of an emerging body of popular culture in the Middle East and North Africa that needed to be examined, analyzed, and theorized. We felt that work on popular culture in this ...

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Despite Arab Uprisings, Press Freedom Still Elusive

Perhaps the most disappointing result of the Arab Spring revolutions that erupted in 2011 is how little has changed for local media outlets in the Middle East. With some limited exceptions among the post-revolution countries of Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and Tunisia, the local press in the Arab world generally suffers from the same predicaments of self-censorship, avoidance of government criticism, and reverence for broad “red lines” in coverage that simply aren’t crossed.  Indeed, the government ...

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