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Call for Papers -- Freedom of Speech and Higher Education: The Case of the Academic Boycott of Israel

[Pile of papers. Taken by biblioteekje, uploaded via Flickr]

Trinity College Dublin 12 September 2017 Conference Announcement and Call for Papers Academic freedom includes the liberty of individuals to express freely opinions about the institution or system in which they work, to fulfil their functions without discrimination or fear of repression by the state or any other actor, to participate in professional or representative academic bodies, and to enjoy all the internationally recognized human rights applicable to other individuals in the same jurisdiction.  The enjoyment of academic freedom carries with it obligations, such as the duty to respect the academic freedom of others, to ensure the fair discussion of contrary ...

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Berkeley Event--6 Days, 50 Years: 1967 and the Politics of Time (28 April 2017)

[Photo by Rola Khayyat]

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war, the Centers for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Santa arbara will host contemporaneous events to address this significant milestone. [There is a panel discussion at 10 am followed by a keynote at 3:30 to be delivered by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat.]

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Jerusalem: A City for All?

The legal, bureaucratic, and physical manifestations of racism are often just complex enough to seem invisible or accidental (at least to those not directly affected). The 2020 municipal plan for Jerusalem pulled back the curtain a little when it explicitly set out a "demographic target of 60% Jews and 40% Arabs." Visualizing Palestine's latest visual untangles a complex web of discriminatory Israeli policies and practices connected to this goal.

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On Basel al-Araj’s Assassination: End Security Coordination Between the Palestinian Authority and Israel

[“Disgraced Authority”, Palestinians and allies held a demonstration protesting security collaboration between the PA and Israel at the PLO offices in Washington, DC.]

From a mural of Basel al-Araj in Nazareth:  بدك تصير مثقف؟ لازم تكون مثقف مشتبك!  واذا ما بدك تشتبك؟ لا فيّك ولا في ثقافتك Basel al-Araj was 31 years old when the Israeli military assassinated him in his apartment in al-Bireh, Palestine, on Monday, 6 March 2017. A respected intellectual, community activist, and organizer, Basel was known for his knowledge of Palestinian history, leading educational activities for Palestinian youth, and his outspoken position against the Israeli military occupation and the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) security coordination with Israel. Basel was a revolutionary who posed a threat to the toxic status quo reached between ...

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What They Took

[An Elmusa family’s tractor: taken in al-Karamah camp by Anonymous in October, 1982 in the Jordan Valley|| From left to right: Author’s uncle (father’s brother, Sa`ad), Sharif Elmusa and his brother Ibrahim]

[Illustration by Tanuja Ramani, The Indian Quarterly] I was invited recently, together with nine other Palestinian writers and poets, to New Delhi to participate in a colloquium about the Palestinian condition, especially the role of memory and imagination for those of us who are refugees living in exile. This is a perennial question, which I have spoken to in different ways in poetry and prose. One angle I have not touched on in any detail is my relationship with the country’s beautiful and varied landscape, which intrudes on all other landscapes as a benchmark or a spoiler. For a while now the landscape has been pressing itself into my consciousness through ...

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UN Report Establishes Israeli Apartheid; Fallout Begins

This week the United Nations published a report that establishes Israel as an Apartheid regime. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) commissioned the report commissioned from the authors, Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley. Amidst mounting political pressure, the UN Secretary General ordered UN ESCWA to shelve the report. Rima Khalaf, who is the ESCWA Executive Secretary, refused this instruction and has since resigned in protest even though her term officially ends in two weeks. The report, which endorses the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is available below.     Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian ...

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The Policing of the Palestinian Minority in Israel: An International Law Perspective

[Police officers in Israel. Photo taken by Mark Probst and uploaded via Wikimedia Commons]

In January 2017, the Palestinian Member of Knesset (MK), Haneen Zoabi, commissioned a report detailing multilayered omissions by the Israeli police force in combating the increasing crime rates within the Palestinian minority in Israel.[i] While the Israeli police force has prided itself in the last couple of years with halting the overall rate of violent crimes in the country, the report suggests that the police has failed miserably in halting violent crimes within Arab localities. Currently Palestinians make up twenty-one percent of the general population of the State of Israel, however, crime rates in Arab towns are three times higher than those in Jewish ...

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عصر الإنسانويّة ينتهي

أشيل مبيمبي [ترجمة سنان أنطون] ليست هناك إشارة إلى أن  2017 ستختلف كثيراً عن 2016 ستظلّ غزة، التي تحتلّها إسرائيل منذ عقود، أكبر سجن مفتوح على الأرض. ستستمر الشرطة في الولايات المتحدة بقتل السود بلا هوادة. وسينضم مئات الآلاف إلى أولئك القابعين في المجمّع الصناعيّ-الاعتقاليّ الذي أعقب أنظمة عبوديّة المزارع وقوانين «جم كرو». ستستمر أوربا في انحدارها إلى السلطويّة الليبرالية، أو ما سمّاه المنظّر الاجتماعي ستيوارت هال: الشعبويّة السلطويّة. على الرغم من اتفاقيات معقّدة تم التوصل إليها في محافل دوليّة فسيستمر التدمير البيئي لكوكب الأرض، وستتحول الحرب على الإرهاب، أكثر فأكثر، إلى حرب فتّاكة بين أشكال مختلفة من العدميّة. ستزداد اللامساواة في أرجاء العالم، لكن بدلاً من ...

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عن منع رواية جريمة في رام الله والتضامن الناقص

عبّر الكثيرون على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي كما في الإعلام عن صدمتهم لقيام  السلطة الفلسطينية بإصدار قرار يمنع رواية "جريمة في رام الله" للكاتب الفلسطيني يحيى عباد. وصدر بيان من عدد من المثقفين والكتاب العرب والفلسطينيين يطالب بوقف المنع والاعتذار.   بداية، عندما قرأت الخبر استوقفني عنوان البيان الذي نشرته و"كالة معا" نقلاً عن مكتب النائب العام، المستشار أحمد براك. في العنوان تتبنى الوكالة، المقربة من السلطة، البيان كحكم و"حقيقة" دون وضع الاقتباسات أو الفصل بين ما تنقله وبين ما يدّعيه مكتب المستشار. فالوكالة قررت أن الرواية "مخلة بالآداب والأخلاق العامة." حيث يتحدث العنوان عن أن "النائب العام يصدر قراراً ...

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New Texts Out Now: Helga Tawil-Souri and Dina Matar, eds. Gaza as Metaphor

Helga Tawil-Souri and Dina Matar, editors. Gaza As Metaphor (London: Hurst, 2016).  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Helga Tawil-Souri and Dina Matar (HTS and DM): During and in the immediate aftermath of the Israeli attacks against Gaza in July 2014, we shared a sense of anger and a responsibility to respond to the ways in which Gaza was a target of both military and representational violence. We were struck by the disconnect between how mainstream media, for example, talked about Gaza, that was generally ahistorical, and our own experiences and realities of Gaza. We were equally struck by how the word “Gaza” came to substitute for processes ...

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Trump Consecrates Decades of US Policy on Palestine and Israel: Now What?

[Local Palestinian farmers from Abu Dis and grassroots movements at their protest camp on the outskirts of Jerusalem in February 2015. Image by Juliane Kravik via Flickr]

In late June 1967 and just before Israel’s unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem, British Foreign Minister Brown warned Israel that “if [Israel] purport[s] to annex the Old City or legislate for its annexation, they will be taking a step which will not only isolate them from world opinion, but will also lose them the sympathy that they have.” When Israel annexed East Jerusalem on 28 June 1967, in full daylight and during the course of diplomatic debates leading to UN Security Council Resolution 242, the General Assembly unanimously passed two resolutions (UNSC Res 2253 and 2254) condemning the annexation and demanded that Israel rescind all actions taken to alter the ...

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Time for Sweden to Take the Lead for Peace

The United Nations Security Council’s 23 December 2016 adoption of Resolution 2334 represents a potentially significant milestone, because it creates opportunities for effective diplomatic, political, and legal initiatives to address and redress Israel’s systematic construction of illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. It is in this respect fortunate that Sweden, with its long history of promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace, will in January 2017 join the Security Council and additionally preside over it during the first month of its membership. The resolution garnered voluminous media attention because it marked a seemingly rare instance in which the ...

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Multi-Campus Event: Three UC Schools Observe the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War (28 April)

June 2017 will mark fifty years of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. The anniversary makes all too evident what activists and scholars have long noted: the Israeli military occupation is not temporary. It is a defining structure of the Israeli and Palestinian political landscape. Initiated by the centers for Middle East studies at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara, separate panel discussions on all three campuses on Friday, April 28, 2017 form the core of ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (April 23)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page co-editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to] The Occupation Forces Israeli Forces Have Leveled Land Near Border With Gaza Witnesses reported seeing numerous Israeli vehicles, including bulldozers, cross the border gate into the Gaza Strip ...

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مَن يطهِّر مَن عرقيًا؟: استيلاء إسرائيل على الرواية الفلسطينية

ادّعى رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي بنيامين نتنياهو مؤخرًا في فيديو نشره على صفحته على الفيسبوك أن المطالبة الفلسطينية بتفكيك المستوطنات الإسرائيلية غير القانونية في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة تمثِّل عملاً من أعمال "التطهير العرقي" ضد المستوطنين اليهود الإسرائيليين. 1 استُخدم مصطلح " التطهير العرقي" في السابق كوصف ألطف لحقيقة الحملة الصربية ضد شعب البوسنة، ولكنه سرعان ما صار يشمل الممارسات العنيفة المتطرفة، والقتل الجماعي، والتهجير القسري إبان الصراعات والحروب، كما استخدمه باحثون كُثر ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (April 15)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page co-editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to] The Occupation Forces Israeli Forces Closed Down West Bank Checkpoints During Passover Only Palestinians with “humanitarian medical and exceptional cases” would be allowed to cross through ...

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الأغنية الوطنية الفلسطينية: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع ايليني مستكلم وفارس شوملي

أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع ايليني مستكلم، طالبة ماجستير في برنامج النوع الاجتماعي / جامعة بيرزيت وعازفة "كونتراباس" في أوركسترا فلسطين للشباب التابعة للمعهد الوطني الفلسطيني للموسيقى وفارس شوملي، طالب ماجستير في برنامج الدراسات الاسرائيلية / جامعة  بيرزيت وعازف "الفلوت" في فرقة بالعكس. تركز المقابلة على الاغنية الوطنية الفلسطينية من وجهة نظر الفنانين الشباب.  

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هل تمتلك المدن شهوات كالانسان؟ هل تشتهي مدينة ما أن ترقد بسلام في أعمق بقاع الأرض بعيداً هناك وتتمتع بشمسها وهوائها ورهبانها ونخيلها وسكانها الطيبين؟ أريحا، مدينة القمر كما يعني اسمها. اختارت أن تطل من بعيد بهدوء على الكون لا تبغي شيئاً سوى السكون والصمت. فهل كتب لها ذلك؟ اختارت أن تكون في المكان الأكثر انخفاضاً عن مستوى سطح البحر في العالم ، اختارت الابتعاد لكن الصخب لم يتركها وشأنها. أريحا هي المدينة الأولى التي سكنها الانسان منذ الأزل وما زال حتى اليوم. بدأ هذا منذ العصر الحجري الذي ترك ...

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الطبقة الوسطى الفلسطينية: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع جميل هلال

أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع جميل هلال، باحث اجتماعي وكاتب فلسطيني، محاضر جامعي متخصص في علم الاجتماع والانثروبولوجيا٬ شغل منصب كبير الباحثين في عدد من المؤسسات البحثية الفلسطينية٬ نشر العديد من الكتب والمؤلفات عن المجتمع الفلسطيني و"الصراع العربي الاسرائيلي"،  وقضايا الشرق الأوسط. تركز المقابلة على واقع الطبقة الوسطى الفلسطينية 

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Critical Readings in Political Economy: Apartheid

Andy Clarno, Neoliberal Apartheid (University of Chicago Press, 2017). In some of the earliest editions of Al-Hadaf, the journal of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, there is explicit mention of the myriad similarities between the “racist, settler colonial regimes” occupying the antipodes of Africa and the crossroads of the Levant. The Popular Front in theory and practice understood their struggle as linked to that of the South African liberation movement. It is against that rich ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Discusses Israeli Land Grab Law with BBC World

On 6 February 2017, the Israeli Knesset passed the Validation Bill which retroactively sanctions the status of nearly 4,000 illegal structures built on private Palestinian land. While all settlements contravene international humanitarian law’s prohibition on the transfer of civilians into occupied territory, these cases are distinct because the structures are not built on what Israel has declared “State Lands.” Instead, they are built on private Palestinian lands where the proof of ownership is not in ...

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الأونروا تطلق مناشدتين بقيمة 813 مليون دولار من أجل التدخلات الطارئة للأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة والأزمة الإقليمية في سورية

أطلقت  وكالة الأمم المتحدة لإغاثة وتشغيل لاجئي فلسطين في الشرق الأدنى (الأونروا) مناشدتين دوليتين يبلغ مجموعهما 813 مليون دولار من أجل تمويل الاستجابة الطارئة للأزمة في الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة، بما في ذلك القدس الشرقية، ولتلبية الاحتياجات الإنسانية الملحة للاجئي فلسطين المتضررين جراء النزاع في سورية، بمن فيهم أولئك الذين نزحوا إلى لبنان والأردن. وقال المفوض العام للأونروا بيير كرينبول: "إن مليونا وستمائة ألف لاجئ فلسطيني، ممن يعانون من انعدام الأمن أكثر من أي وقت مضى والذين تزداد احتياجاتهم، ...

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A Damp Squib in Paris

As representatives of seventy nations gather in Paris this morning to discuss the moribund Middle East peace process, a healthy dose of scepticism is in order. Not so much about the conference’s prospects for success—it is not designed to succeed beyond the fact of being convened and producing a communiqué —but rather about the purpose of this exercise. According to its French convenors, the objective of the conference is to re-affirm the international community’s collective commitment to a two-state ...

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An Open Letter to Kwame Anthony Appiah, President of the Modern Language Association

The Modern Language Association (MLA) will be voting on a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions at its upcoming convention, to be held 5-8 January 2017 in Philadelphia. The vote represents the culmination of a three-year process that began in 2014. The organizers describe the process in the following way: In Fall 2014, David Lloyd and Rebecca Comay submitted to the Organizing Committee of the Delegate Assembly a resolution and supporting documents calling upon the MLA to ...

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