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Defending Palestine Solidarity Activists: An Interview with Dima Khalidi

In this interview, attorney Dima Khalidi, who founded and directs Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLS), discusses what it means to provide legal defense to protect Palestinian rights activists in the US from suppression and ...

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حروب الردة أو اغتيال المستقبل

  ما من شك في أن المنطقة شهدت في الآونة الاخيرة تقدماً لافتاً لقوى الردّة المضادة للثورات، وهي ليست «ثورات مضادة»، حسب التعبير الدارج، لأن لا شيء فيها من التغيير أو الثورة، إنما هي ردة ضد هذا وتلك. يتمثل المشهد بإعادة انتاج عدد من ...

[Cover of Myriam Ababsa,

New Texts Out Now: Myriam Ababsa, Atlas of Jordan: History, Territories, and Society

Myriam Ababsa, editor, Atlas of Jordan: History, Territories, and Society. Beirut: Presses de l’Institut Français du Proche-Orient, 2013. أطلس الأردن - التاريخ، الأرض والمجتمع Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Myriam Ababsa ...

[ الناشطة مريم الخواجة. صورة من حسابها على تويتر]

أسباب الثورة في البحرين: حوار مع مريم الخواجة

  نُشرت المقابلة بالأصل في كانون الأول\ديسمبر ٢٠١٢، قبل شهر من تمكن مريم الخواجة من الدخول إلى البحرين في المرة الأخيرة. حاولت أن تعود إلى البحرين فيما بعد في آب\أغسطس ٢٠١٣، لكنها مُنعت من الصعود إلى الطائرة بسبب أمر حكومي من ...


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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Three Poems by Saadi Youssef

[Saadi Youssef. Image from Author]

  Three Poems Saadi Youssef Translated from the Arabic by Sinan Antoon & Peter Money   The Glance   Our loss is not the earth for the earth will stay, it stayed before us, it will stay after us, earth of the singers, and of silent ones, earth of those who stay and transients; it is the earth of those who became earth’s body . . . What we have lost is not the earth. The loss is that glance we no longer exchange, between one child and another as they share a loaf of bread.   December   I will not open my window: Even the grass is drowning in the sea winds; trees are shaking under the rain. The room is still (the ...

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The Strong Egypt Party, the Constitutional Decree, and Gaza: An Interview with Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh

[Strong Egypt Party's official registration at the Supreme Court in downtown Cairo on 31 October 2012. Image by Zeinab Mohamed via Flickr]

Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh was a leading candidate in the 2012 Egyptian presidential election held last May, garnering approximately seventeen percent of votes cast in the first round (compared to approximately twenty-four percent and twenty-three percent for the two eventual run-off candidates—Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafik, respectively). He is a physician by training, and has been the president of the Arab Medical Association since 2004. Abul Futuh is a former member and leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, having served on the Guidance Bureau for over two decades. During that time, he was a vocal critic of Mubarak's regime, speaking out against authoritarianism and ...

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Etel Adnan at the Base of the Mountain

[Etel Adnan,

Etel Adnan 12 September – 28 October 2012 Callicoon Fine Arts, Manhattan   Roughly fifteen miles north of San Francisco, across the city’s iconic burnt-orange Art Deco masterpiece, is Mount Tamalpais, another Bay Area icon. In the surrounding areas of this unassuming mountain lived the Coastal Miwok Indians—a now landless people—who (as popular legend would have it) once claimed that an evil witch lived atop its peak in order to deter early European settlers from scaling its heights. It is also said that Mount Tamalpais was home to the Miwok coyote creator-god, who shook his blanket in each cardinal direction and brushed aside water in order to reveal dry land, ...

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Morsi and his Adversaries

[Tahrir Square on 27 November 2012. Image from Lilian Wagdy]

  With November nearly at an end, it seems like an eternity ago that Israel and Gaza were engaged in intense, if unequal fighting. Yet it was only two weeks ago that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi spent intense hours on the telephone with US President Barak Obama to craft a truce. Not long after the two men hung up their phones, Egypt’s current crisis began and many Egyptians today are, for the first time in centuries, afraid of civil war. Street fighting has broken out in several provincial capitals and claimed several lives, and several local headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood have been torched; so these fears are not unfounded. The proximate cause is ...

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Quick Thoughts on the Significance of the November 2012 Palestine UN Bid

[Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, addresses the general debate of the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly on 25 September 2009. Image by Marco Castro via Flickr.]

The Palestinian UN bid for non-member observer status will certainly pass today as the majority of UN member states have expressed their support for the initiative. The positive vote will do little to alter the course of Israel's ongoing settler-colonial expansion in the West Bank, or its racially motivated policies aimed at the forced population transfer of non-Jewish Palestinians throughout Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Still, the significance of Palestine's bolstered status is three-fold.  First, it diplomatically affirms the Palestinian cause for self-determination as a just one amongst the community of nations, thereby rebuffing Israel's ...

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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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Wadih Saadeh: Because of a Cloud, Most Likely

  Because of a Cloud, Most likely Wadih Saadeh Translated by Ghada Mourad   Shadows They moved toward the water descending from their mountains like soft shadows so that as not to awaken the grass. When their shadows passed the fields some parted company and slept there Others clung to rocks, stretched out and returned them to the rocks. They moved until they reached the water exhausted Above them the sun was looking for a needle to reconnect them with the shadows. A Gaze They ...

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Hurricane Sandy Hits Little Syria: Worrying about Buildings and Brothers

The cliché always reasserts itself as a truth: “as long as you are safe, that is all that matters.” In the wake of a disaster, material things – buildings, possessions, money – fade away in importance, and we first worry about the safety of our friends and loved ones. Yet, as Hurricane Sandy approached New York City, my initial, frenzied concern was for things material, yet valued in symbolic abstraction: the last historic structures of Washington Street in Lower Manhattan, chiefly St. George’s Melkite ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (November 29)

[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 maghreb@jadaliyya.com by Wednesday night of every week.] Algeria Pouvoirologie: Saïd Bouteflika au premier rang. @7our discusses the obscurity of the Algerian government's inner workings. Grève des barreaux d'Algérie ...

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More Quick Thoughts on Palestine at the United Nations

The outcome of a United Nations General Assembly vote on enhanced membership status for Palestine has never been in question. The Palestinians will win, probably handily, because the international community overwhelmingly supports the Palestinian right to self-determination and opposes Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory. Those openly opposing this vote can easily be counted on the fingers of an amputated hand: Israel; the United States, which is more pro-Israel than Israel itself; Canada, ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 29)

[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 syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]   Regional and International Perspectives As battle raged in Syria, Russia sent tons of cash to Damascus, flight records show A report by Dafna Linzer, Michael Grabell and Jeff ...

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