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Palestine-Israel

مَعرض الشِقَاق لبنجي بوياجيان

جانب من المعروضات. الصورة من أرشيف الكاتبة

مَعرض "الشِقَاق" لبنجي بوياجيان: زَخارِف تحتفي بالحرفةِ والأخطاء وبصمات تركها عابرون في تاريخِ المكان يقال بأن الأخطاء تُقترف عمدا في السجاد العجمي، لأن النسّاجين يؤمنون بأن "الكمال لله وحده"، وأن الأخطاء بمثابة شقوق تدخل منها الروح لحماية القطعة. كثيراً ما تأملت الأشكال والزخارف التي تزين السجاد باحثة عن أخطاء تؤكد لي إذا ما كانت القطعة يدوية صنعتها أياد بشرية، أم آلية الصنع مؤتمتة لا أخطاء فيها ولا تمتلك روحاً لحظة اكتشاف الأخطاء دائما تسرني وكأنني أجد كنزا مخبأً بين الزخارف الملونة. لذا أنظر مليا إلى البلاط المزخرف الذي رصف أرضية الغرفة ذات الواجهات الزجاجية الكبيرة التي جلسنا أنا وبنجي بوياجيان نتحدث فيها عن معرضه "الشِقَاق" ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mazen Masri, The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State

Mazen Masri, The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State. London: Bloomsbury Professional, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mazen Masri (MM): The question of the book–Israel’s definition as a Jewish and democratic state–is one that I have been preoccupied with since I took the constitutional law course in the first year of my law degree at the Hebrew University. I was struck by how this contradiction is explained away using liberal language. The arguments and the explanations presented a picture that did not match the lived experience of many people, myself included. My interest in this question became ...

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Bombast of Mass Slayer

[Art by Serwan Baran]

My name is Mass Slayer. I live in bombs and bullets, in cannons and rockets. I live in the nucleus of you. I could be an army, a lone wolf, or a terrorist band. I need not toil, pay individual visits, like the everyday Reaper. I stun as many as I can, in one go, I stun them on a street, in a bar, in a temple, in the battlefield, in the comfort of their homes-- and you could be there. Nothing pleases me though more than being in the news, and nothing pleases the news more than my exploits. What a joy to star in a movie, to be shared and streamed, flashing my motto, Viva La Muerte! Drench me with tears and condemnations, I thrive on mass ...

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New Texts Out Now: Irene Gendzier, Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, & the Foundations of US Policy in the Middle East

Irene Gendzier, Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, & the Foundations of US Policy in the Middle East. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Irene Gendzier (IG): The desire to make sense of US policy in the Middle East, and particularly, US policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a subject that is regularly on the mainstream agenda and just as regularly distorted. J: What topics, issues and literature does this book address? IG: This study addresses the formation of postwar US foreign policy in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, with an emphasis on the intersection of political and ...

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التقية والتوقيت في أداء حماس غير المقروء

التقية في اللغة يراد بها الحذر ، وأهل السنة اعتبروها رخصة عند الضرورة ، وهل من ضرورة/أزمة، أكثر من هذه المرحلة التي تمر بها حركة حماس وحكمها لقطاع غزة؟ الوثيقة التقية: شخصياً لم أر في الوثيقة أكثر من بيان صحفي أو إعلان مبادئ، لا يجُب (يلغي) الميثاق التأسيسي للحركة، بل مبادئ أبقت الباب موارباً على كل التفسيرات حفاظاً على "المتطرفين والمعتدلين" داخل الحركة في آن – تقية-. الوثيقة كما يقول خالد الحروب هي "رسملة وشرعنة كل تصريحات قيادات حركة حماس"، فمثلاً الإعتراف بدولة على حدود 67 جاء على لسان الشهيد أحمد ياسين قبل أبو مرزوق وخالد مشعل وغيرهم، وها هو الإعتراف يرسمل في وثيقة، تقول الشيء وضده! تبدو "التقية" نهجاً أكثر وضوحاً اتبعته حماس ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (May 29)

[TheApartheidWall - Qalqilya. Taken by Wall in Palestine and uploaded via Flickr]

[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 Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces Ten Palestinians Were Injured By Gunfire After Palestinian Man Loses Control Of His Automatic Weapon The injuries were sustained during a march in solidarity with the hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli prisons when the man’s locally-made weapon went off and hit several people including children.  Another Palestinian Teen Has Been ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (May 19)

[Palestinian children's rights. Taken by FREEPAL and uploaded via Flickr]

[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 Palestine@jadaliyya.com.]   The Occupation Forces Israeli Forces Shoot And Kill One, Injure Dozens More After Clashes Erupt In West Bank A twenty three-year-old Palestinian man was killed after being shot in the chest by a live bullet sent by Israeli forces during clashes in the village of Nabi Saleh in the district of Ramallah. Israeli Forces Shot And Killed A Jordanian Man After ...

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When I Failed to Say Farewell to You…

[A Painting by the Iraqi Artist Ahmad al-Soudani]

It was winter and my Berlin nights were crowded with people yet full of loneliness. I don’t know what year it was. Maybe 2008. I was working as a journalist and producer for a German television station in Berlin.  My schedule used to vary from week to week. I would sometimes start early in the morning and other times late in the evening. I used to love the night shifts, they were more quiet and I had an excuse for not being able to sleep.  That night I decided, although it was not my habit, to go early to bed. It was like those  silly “new year resolutions” most of us never abide by, but still make every year. Maybe it’s the hope. And as they say in ...

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إسرائيل الثقافة

[لوحة للفنان مارك شاغال، إبراهيم وإسحاق على الطريق إلى موقع الذبح]

  كتب فيليب روث، في "شكوى بورتنوي"، إن إسرائيل منفى اليهود. وبمقارنةٍ لا تستقيم هنا (لعل مردّها هو التكرار الغريب لمقولات تلحّ على تخوين الأكراد ووصمهم بالانفصالية وتشبيه أحلامهم في دولة مستقلة بأحلام الإسرائيليين بأرض الميعاد، والربط الملغوم بين الموساد وكردستان) رأى صديق أن كردستان العراق قد تكون منفى كذلك إذا زارها أكراد آخرون، ولن يجدوا فيها وطنهم، لن يشعروا هناك بأنهم في منازلهم أو وسط أهلهم أبداً. ذات صيف، منذ حوالى خمسة عشر عاماً، في مقهى الكمال الدمشقي، قرأنا في الصفحة الأخيرة من الجريدة السورية "تشرين"، عموداً يتحدث كاتبه عن فيليب روث وإيزاك باشيفيز سينجر وصول بيلو الذي غطى كمراسل صحفي نكسة الـ 67، أو حرب الأيام الستة، واصفاً إياهم ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (May 13)

[Israeli soldiers in Hebron. Picture taken by Justin McIntosh and uploaded via Wikimedia Commons]

[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 Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces Israeli Forces Fired Tear Gas Canisters And Stun Grenades Into A Hospital In Ramallah Witnesses claim to have seen the Israeli soldiers firing rubber-coated bullets, in addition to the gas and stun grenades, into the Palestinian medical complex, for more than an hour.  Israeli Soldiers Attack Palestinian Farmers For Protesting An ...

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Media on Media Roundup (May 9)

[Turkish citizens protest against the state's Internet censorship in 2011. Photo by Erdem Civelek, Wikimedia Commons]

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup tackles several important themes influencing the MENA mediascape. On the eve of the second round of France’s elections, ISIS-operated An-Nur Media Center published posters urging members of the organization to target voters, candidates, and polling stations. A court in Ankara rejected Wikimedia Foundation’s appeal after the Turkish government banned Wikipedia for a site entry that accused Turkey of having links with ISIS. Europol began investigations into an alleged ISIS social network, Daeshbook, which is used to connect potential militants with one another. In Qatar, Al Jazeera news channel threatens to sue Russian outlet ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (May 6)

[Nablus, Palestine–26 August 2006, in the Jabal Shamali neighborhood of Nablus, soldiers of the Israeli Occupation Force (IOF) launched a sixteen-and-a-half-hour incursion, wherein they killed one young boy, hospitalized at least twelve with many more injured, and destroyed twenty homes and apartments. Photo taken by Michael Loadenthal, uploaded via Flickr]

[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 Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] Occupation and Occupation Forces Israeli Tear Gas Canister Sets Off Fire In Nablus-Area Village The fire caused severe damage to the marketplace in which it started, and eventually burned eight warehouses. One local claimed that the damage would amount to millions of shekels.  The Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades Warned Israel That They Had 24 Hours To ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (June 25)

[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 Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces Palestinians Are Being Subjected To "Collective Punishment" In Jerusalem After An Attack In The Old City Israeli authorities are continuing to enforce strict measures ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (June 18)

[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 Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces Israeli Authorities Have Allowed A Few Palestinians To Pray At Al-Aqsa Mosque This is the first time in months that Palestinians have been allowed into the holy site for ...

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Familiar Ruptures and Opportunities, 1967 and 2017

The 1967 war was a fundamental, damning failure for the Arab world. In the course of six short days, Israel expanded its jurisdiction across the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula and the Syrian Golan Heights, as well as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. For nineteen years, Arab states had regarded Israel as a foreign colony established by the collusion of imperial powers. Amid the anti-colonial fervor that animated much of the global south at the time, these states refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (June 2)

[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 Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces Israeli Forces Have Injured Numerous Palestinians During Skirmishes All Across The West Bank And Gaza Using live fire, rubber bullets and tear gas, the Israeli forces have ...

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Challenging Knowledge Production in the British Academy: Who Can Speak on Palestine?

Earlier this month, a British university hosted a conference on the fiftieth anniversary of the Israeli occupation, one of many being organized this year. The conference sought to reflect on fifty years of the “longest standing military occupation in the world,” focusing on “its implications not just for Palestinians, but also for Israelis.” Although academic, the conference promised to include non-academic representation including activists.    In the lead up to the conference, the ...

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نقل السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس قنبلة موقوتة

ربما أرجأ الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب، قليلاً، نقل السفارة الأميركية من تل أبيب إلى القدس، غير أن هذا الموضوع يبقى قنبلة موقوتة في العلاقة الفلسطينية ـ الأميركية الهشة أصلاً. تنبه الفلسطينيون إلى مخاطر هذه القضية مع الفوز المفاجيء لترامب في الإنتخابات الرئاسية فسارعوا لمحاولة التواصل مع طاقمه ولكن من دون جدوى. في شهر كانون الأول / ديسمبر 2016، قيل لوفد فلسطيني رفيع برئاسة أمين سر اللجنة التنفيذية لمنظمة التحرير الفلسطينية صائب عريقات ورئيس جهاز المخابرات العامة اللواء ماجد فرج، كان في زيارة إلى ...

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Media on Media Roundup (May 17)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup covers several important stories affecting the Middle East and North African mediascape. A ransomware cyberattack named #WannaCry, which initially affected European institutions, is allegedly spreading to the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia and the UAE named as the most vulnerable targets. As Iranian presidential elections near, conservative parties embrace social media platforms in their electoral campaigning and current President Rouhani looks to win a ...

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أرض السفارة الأميركية في القدس: المُلكية العربية والمأزق الأميركي

عادت مسألة نقل السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس المحتلة إلى صدارة الحدث الفلسطيني، بعدما أعلن الرئيس الأميركي المنتخب دونالد ترامب، خلال الحملة الانتخابية، نيّته نقل السفارة الأميركية من تل أبيب إلى القدس، باعتبارها "العاصمة الموحدة لإسرائيل"، وهو أمر أكّده مستشاروه بعد إعلان فوزه في الانتخابات وتشكيل طاقم إدارته. وهذا التحول في السياسة الأميركية إزاء مسألة نقل السفارة إلى القدس ـ والتي إن كان الحديث قد جرى عنها في فترات سابقة وتداولها الكونغرس الأميركي غير مرة، إلاّ إن أي رئيس أميركي سابق لم ...

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The Palestinian Litmus Test

After three years of unprecedentedly open debate, the membership of the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) membership is finally voting on the Palestinian call to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Voting continues through May. Unlike other organizations that have considered the issue, however, the MLA is not voting on whether or not to boycott. Instead, we are voting on a resolution (2017-1) that would commit the association not to endorse the boycott, even though a pro- boycott ...

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أن لا يعود للحارس ما يحرسه: كيف تهدد مقاومة «إسرائيل» وجود السلطة الفلسطينية

مشدوهين، شاهد الكثيرون عناصر أمن السلطة الفلسطينية وهي تضرب محمود الأعرج، والد الشهيد باسل الأعرج، في رام الله أمام المحكمة التي كان من المفترض أن تعقد في ذلك اليوم جلسة لمحاكمة باسل وخمسة من رفاقه بتهمة حيازة أسلحة «دون الحصول على التراخيص اللازمة (..) بهدف زعزعة الأمن والاستقرار العام». بين ذراعي والد الشهيد، كان الأسير المحرر خضر عدنان الذي خاض إضرابًا عن الطعام دام 66 يومًا أنهى أسره بعد 14 شهرًا من التوقيف الإداري. وفي ذلك المشهد، يُعتدى على والد الشهيد، ويُداس رأس الأسير المحرر، قبل أن يُقاد إلى ...

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"Born Again" in Deir Nidham: Against the Illegal Military Occupation, from a Black-American Prophetic Christian Perspective

Tactics of Racial Supremacy We had just left Ofer Prison. My work as a scholar-activist, committed to Palestinian justice, placed me there. We had been journeying all day with two of our Israel-based colleagues who specialize in advocating justice within a profoundly unjust Israeli carceral system. The detention facility, which is at once a juvenile prison and a courthouse, was an incomparable spectacle. The courtyard, a “holding area” for families waiting to enter the “courtrooms” where their ...

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Israel, Palestine, and the Poetics of Genocide

“Genocide” evokes crematoria, mountains of skulls, and mass graves. It is what the Nazis did to the Jews of Europe, what the Khmer Rouge did to fellow Cambodians, what Hutu nationalists did to Tutsis in Rwanda. The term, like the practices of death and social destruction to which it refers, is odious. Charging genocide is like ringing an alarm because, when this crime is occurring or when it has occurred, consequences for perpetrators should follow. Our approach is to trace the political history of ...

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