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Meydan Politics: Taksim in Flux after Gezi

Political engagement in contemporary democracies can easily be reduced to private individuals voting separately in anonymity. Yet, politics is a state of constant negotiation, preferably where individuals are in each other’s presence to ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami, Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction: Who Writes Iran?

Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami, Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction: Who Writes Iran? London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami (MMK): In the summer of 1997, the ...


The Light Bulb and the Oak Tree: Politics of Space Meets the Ballot Box

Browsing the depths of social media for alternative and local takes on politics is not merely a form of procrastination but also, and more so, a great way to learn about unpublished concerns, rumors, and disappointments. And the fact that ...

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خطوط مرسومة على خريطة فارغة: حدود العراق وأسطورة الدولة المصطنعة الجزء الأول

 قد لا تكون هناك دولة ـ أمة حديثة دُعيت "مصطنعة" أكثر من العراق. وبينما يُقرّ معظم الباحثين بأن جميع الدول ـ الأمم مصطنعة، بمعنى أنّ بشراً أنشأوها، فإن العراق، على ما يبدو، مصطنع أكثر منها كلها. وتبدأ القصة دوماً بمعاهدات ...

Naema’s Office is Bleeding

Medrar for Contemporary Art started its new workshop program this year with a painting and collage workshop led by Cairo-based artist Hany Rashed. The workshop aimed to introduce participants to different practices and techniques in painting and collage and to train them in conceptualizing artworks, inspired by media and the internet. Guest artists Huda Lutfi, Mohammed Taman, Shady El Noshokaty, Mohamed Abla and Ahmed Sabry were also invited to share their personal and professional experience, as well as add to the historical and artistic content of the workshop. A selection of the workshop's output was exhibited at Medrar for three days under the title "Naema's ...

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We Are All Uncomfortable: On Academic Boycott & What Is Productive

On 10 May 2014 Israeli forces shot dead Saji Sayel Jarab’a, a nineteen-year-old student at Birzeit University—he is one out of twenty-six Birzeit University students killed. On the same day, the New York Times published a front-page article characterizing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) debates taking place on college campuses nationwide as “divisive,” emotionally charged, and arguing that some Jewish students are made to feel uncomfortable as a result. In one context, academic freedom is the ability to go to school without being shot. In another context, academic freedom is the ability to not have Saji Sayel Jarab’a’s death intrude on one’s comfort. Since last ...

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Memory and Forgetfulness in A Settler Colony

[Jewish population centres in Palestine/Israel in 1948, 1967, and 2000 (adapted from Malkit Shoshan, Vitala Tauz). Image via]

As we approach the sixty-seventh anniversary of al-nakba (The Catastrophe)–the term given to the 1948 ethnic cleansing, destruction, dispossession, and uprooting of eight-five percent of Palestinians as a result of the Zionist settler colonization of Palestine and the creation of the Israeli state–one cannot but reflect on the politics of memory and forgetfulness. The dynamics of memory and forgetfulness have common features in all types of states, but they take a different turn when it comes to a settler colony. In the settler colony, the individual’s memory is completely connected to the collective. Its politics of forgetting and remembering is an active project. It ...

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Wearing Catastrophe on Our Chests

[Photo by Mohammad Al-Azza]

Last year around this time, my family and I were in Bethlehem dining with a seasoned American activist when my three-year-old daughter leaned over and whispered in my ear with a fierce intensity: “Tell her about the Nakba!” When I relayed her suggestion to the rest of the table, we all smiled, since this friend knew quite well about the Nakba. The word literally means catastrophe, and it has come to signify Palestinians’ displacement and dispossession at the hands of Zionist militias and then the Israeli army. It turned 750,000 Palestinians into refugees, destroyed more than four hundred villages, and dismantled Palestinian urban life. In fact, my daughter’s impulse was ...

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Academic Freedom, Ethics, and Responsibility: The Silencing and Censoring of Palestine in Western Liberal Academia

A few months ago a story was published on the Yedioth Hakkibutz magazine. The first page of the magazine headlined: “We have expelled, bombed, and killed” and recalled an interview with Mr. Kahanovich, a former combatant in the paramilitary underground terrorist unit Palmach. The interview contained Mr. Kahanovich’s confession about his role and participation in the expulsion and killing of Palestinian civilians during 1948. A few months before, Kahanovich was interviewed as part of a project carried out by Zochrot  (Remembering) an Israeli organization whose priority is to bring to light the silenced Palestinian memories and narratives of 1948, which Palestinians ...

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النكبة كمصل في الوريد

[لوحة للفنان السوري عبدالله مراد]

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين ستقوم "جدلية" بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين.] لقد حصلت على "إنفوزيا" نكبة في الوريد يكفيني لخمسين سنة قادمة، وأنا الذي يضرب عرض الحائط نصياً على الأقل بكل ما له علاقة برموز وطنية ومناسبات تاريخية جاهزة يتم اختزالها في يوم ذكرى محدد، أو حتى في فترة تمتد بين التقويم العبري والتقويم الميلادي...لقد حصلت هذه السنة على النكبة كمصل مر في الوريد، بدأ ذلك عندما زارني صديق فلسطيني- سوري من اليرموك  يقيم في برلين ويحمل الجنسية الكندية، كي أصحبه إلى قرية لوبية المهجرة، وهي القرية التي هجرت منها عائلة والده في 1948 ومن ثم هجرت جدته للمرة الثانية قبل عام من ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 18)

[Ouster President Mohamed Morsi. Photo by Jonathan Rashad via Flickr]

[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.]  Regional and International Relations How Morsi Matters in Turkish Politics Mostafa Akyol writes, “Recep Tayyip Erdogan is convinced that the forces that toppled Mohammed Morsi would have toppled him as well, had he not stood his ground against them.” Yemenis Stranded in Egypt Yearn for Return to War-Torn Country Jano Charbel writes on the ...

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This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time

Curators Angela Harutyunyan and Nat Muller take the cue for their latest exhibition 'This is the time. This is the record of the time" from Laurie Anderson's 1982 song "From the air" where she describes the duration between becoming conscious that the plane will crash and its actual impact - a moment when time and space collapse. It represents the ultimate loss of control, over time or anything else for that matter. The curators argue that this idea and feeling resonate with our time, which is characterized by perpetual crises, be it economical, political, social, ecological or personal, as well as the continuous overload of information and updates. ...

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ما هي النكبة؟

[أطلال كفر عنان، فلسطين. الصور من موقع

[ تعيد "جدلية" نشر هذه المادة ضمن ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين تنشره "جدلية" على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين.] ما هي النكبة؟ تستدعي مفردة النكبة (أو الكارثة) إلى الذاكرة تأسيس دولة إسرائيل على أرض فلسطين عام 1948 عن طريق طرد أكثر من نصف سكان فلسطين التاريخية، وتدمير التراث الفلسطيني، والمؤسسات الاجتماعية والسياسية في الاراضي المحتلة. إن الاجابة الممكنة عن سؤال حول معنى النكبة في الزمن الحاضر يمكن أن نجدها في حوارات الذاكرة الجمعية الفلسطينية، خصوصاً تلك الموجودة في مخيمات اللاجئين الذين تم طردهم خارج حدود فلسطين التاريخية عام 1948. في حوارات الذاكرة الجمعية هذه، لا نجد النكبة كمؤشر واضح على الكارثة التي حاقت ...

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حوار مع المخرج السينمائي الفلسطيني ميشيل خليفي

 [ صورة للمخرج الفلسطيني ميشيل خليفي]

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين ستقوم "جدلية" بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين.] ايزيس نصير: كيف بدأت مشوارك السينمائي؟  ميشيل خليفي: حدث هذا نتيجة لمصادفة! لم يكن هنالك في حياتنا النصراوية ما يفرض أنني سأكون يوماً ما مخرجاً سينمائياً! كل الأفلام التي كنا نشاهدها كانت أفلاماً شعبية تجارية ككل أطفال العالم في الستينيات. هذا ما شكّل لنا المتنفس الوحيد داخل "الجيتو النصراوي" الذي فرضه علينا الاحتلال الإسرائيلي من خلال الحكم العسكري القاسي الذي كان يحرّم علينا الخروج من الناصرة بدون تصريح، فالعالم كان يأتينا من خلال هذه الأفلام وبعض الصحف والمجلات اليسارية. في مدينتي الصغيرة، كانت ...

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كبرت النكبة: ملف خاص

[لوحة للفنان الفلسطيني إسماعيل شموط]

كبرت النكبة ... كبرت النكبة، وها هي تدخل عقدها السابع، وتواجهنا، ككل عام، وتسائلنا عمّا حدث لنا بعدها، وعن تاريخها الذي يظل راهناً. في لحظة قد تبدو الأكثر قتامة تفتح جدلية النافذة-المرآة على مصراعيها في ملف متنوّع ستقوم بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين. يتناول الملف السياسة والثقافة والاقتصاد والتجارب الشخصية ومقتطفات من كتب مهمة ومقابلات حول الأدب والسينما والموسيقى. يشارك في الملف كتاب فلسطينيون وعرب وأجانب منهم سليم أبو جبل، معن أبو طالب، سنان أنطون، راجي بطحيش، عبدالله البياري، نسرين شبيب، إيلا شوحيط، ابتسام عازم، جنان عبده، أمل قعيق، سناء مكركر، إيريت نايدهارت، إيزيس نصير وآخرون. سنفتتح الملف بمقابلة أجرتها إيزيس نصير مع المخرج الفلسطيني ميشيل خليفي، ...

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The Palestinian Nakba-t: Catastrophe-s

On a cold and damp winter day in 1995, I walked through the narrow alleyways of an overcrowded and dilapidated refugee camp in Jordan. In subsequent visits over the years, the camp's physical and political environment seemed to deteriorate, with poverty and unfulfilled dreams of return hanging heavier than in earlier years and decades. But back in the mid-1990s, I was on my way to meet al-Sarisi family, who along with approximately 750,000 Palestinians were the victims of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948. It was also the year when seventy-eight percent of Palestine's territory was expropriated for the establishment of the “Jewish state,” a title that betrays its ...

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Foreign Policies Media Roundup (April-May 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials related to other countries' foreign policies toward the Middle East. It does not reflect the views of the Foreign Polices Roundup Editors of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Foreign Policies Media Roundup to, mentioning "Foreign Policies Roundup" in the subject line.] United States Ex-Blackwater Guards Given Long Terms for Killing Iraqis (13 April 2015) Years ...

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New Texts Out Now: Bedross Der Matossian, Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire

Bedross Der Matossian, Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Bedross Der Matossian (BDM): I have always been interested in the history of the late Ottoman period, in particular the era of Abdülhamid II (1876-1909) and the Second Constitutional Period (1908-1918). Most of the scholarship about the period in the past has been written from the perspective of the dominant ...

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طائرة الجثامين الصباحية

كل صباح، العاشرة والنصف قبل أن تجد شمس المطار طريقها إليه، تصل الطائرة، صرنا نقول عنها الطائرة، صار الجميع يفهم أي جحيم معدني طائر نعني، صار الجميع يتحدث عنها بخفوت كأنها ذلك المرض الخبيث الذي لا نجرؤ على التلفظ باسمه، نهمسه همساً، نرسمه بأصابع خرقاء، طائرة الجثامين، لا حاجة لتعريف المعرّف أصلا بدم وأرواح ضائعة وأشلاء، لا حاجة لوضع رقم رحلة أو اسم لآلة بمحركين، صرنا نعرفها، الساحل السوري بأكمله يرقبها بقلب راجف وعينين دامعتين، طائرة الموتى، طائرة العبث، طائرة الموت التقني، كل صباح تهبط طائرة قادمة من ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 19)

[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.] Regional and International Relations King Salman of Saudi Arabia pulls out of US talks on Iran Ian Black and Dan Roberts argue that the US president hoped to use ...

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Then and Now: LCPS Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish on State Institutions in Lebanon

In the following interview with the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish discusses the history of state institutions in early independence Lebanon, and some of the legacies they left behind. The interview was conducted over email, and first published on the LCPS website. Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS): There have been discussions over the last few years concerning the Lebanese state, or lack thereof, in terms of public policy, public ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 19)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey 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.] English Kenan Evren and the Legacy of the 1980 Coup Turkey's Kenan Evren: The Last of the Cold War Coup Plotters Murat Yetkin discusses the controversial reputation and legacy of ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (May 11-17)

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 roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.   المملكة العربية السعودية وحرب الشرعية في اليمن The Cell of Survival: Bara Sarraj ما هي النكبة؟ Olivier Roy on Laicite as Ideology, the Myth of 'National Identity' and Racism in the French Republic حورية المطلقة في سن ...

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عقوباتُ الليلِ للوحيدِ يضمِّدها النهارُ بأوهامٍ شتّى. مُضفياً على العينين الزائغتين من عراكِ الأشباح عُمقَ الحكمةِ الناجية من هاوية، مُقْنِعاً عظامكَ المرتجّةَ بَرداً أنها أعمدةُ بُنيان، لافحاً سمْعَكَ، وقد تَناوَبَ على دكِّه معولانِ عنيدان: دويُّ المدافع وطنينُ البعوض، بحفيفِ سيرتِه الأولى: نافذة تطلُّ وتستضيف. حتى لَتنسى، برشقةِ ماءٍ فاترٍ، خَدَرَ يديك من وطأةِ الفراغ. تحسب، نافضاً أمام المرآة ودائعَ العتمة، أنّ مقاسَكَ أكبرُ مما أنجزه حتى الآن نجّارُ التابوت. وتكاد توقن، حين يصطفق البابُ خلف ...

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Breaking House Rules: Hoodies, Hijabs, and Belonging in the Netherlands

The Incident With panoramic views of both the city and its harbor, the Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA), proved to be an ideal place for me to take a break from working at either my home or office at Leiden University. I visited the OBA regularly since moving to the Netherlands in 2011, when I accepted a position as an assistant professor of Modern Middle East History. Its gigantic floor to ceiling windows drowned you in the sunshine, and led you to feel as if you were amongst the clouds when it was ...

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Olivier Roy on Laicite as Ideology, the Myth of 'National Identity' and Racism in the French Republic

Following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Professor Olivier Roy, Head of the Mediterranean Program at the European University Institute discusses the development of the concept of laicite in France, from its emergence as a tool for the management of diversity, to its rebranding as an ideology of exclusion. In this interview, he questions the notion of national identity as a politicized concept and identifies a profound crisis of identity at its root. He also outlines the double-bind faced by French Muslims, ...

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Nakba Walks

I remember when my first daughter, then just six years old, accompanied me and a group of family and friends during one of our summer visits for a short hike in the hills surrounding my home village of Arrabeh in Israel.  A high barbed-wire fence that encircled the Jewish settlement of Hararit soon interrupted out path.  Perched upon her grandfather's shoulders, my daughter asked about the obstruction we had to circumnavigate. I remember her astonishment when I explained to her that the barbed ...

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Palestine Shrinking/Expanding Israel: Nakba Day Infographic

15 May 2015 marks the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba ("catastrophe"), which refers to the expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinians during the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Today, nearly seven decades on from these events, the dispossession of Palestinians continues through military, legal and economic means. Headlines were made by the Israeli Supreme Court just this week when it endorsed the eviction of the village of Umm al Hiran in the Negev region, demonstrating ...

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