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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Interview on Trump’s Immigration Ban and U.S. Middle East Policy with Common Policy

Jadaliyya Co-Editor,  Noura Eraka joins Common Policy a podcast of the Hauenstein Center of Grand Valley State University, to discuss her work in international law and refugee law, as well as on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She also addresses President Trump’s demand for “extreme vetting” of refugees, as well whether his Middle East policy significantly differs from those of his recent predecessors.

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الغرب والسوريون: مبيعات الأسلحة الأمريكية والأوروبية للشرق الأوسط 2011- 2014

كَثُر الحديث في أوروبا والولايات المتحدة في العامين المنصرمين حول أعباء استضافة اللاجئين السوريين وغير السوريين، بينما غاب ذكر منحى آخر من تورط البلدان الأجنبية في الصراع ألا وهو حجم مبيعاتها للسلاح في الشرق الأوسط. فبين عامي 2011 و2014، وبناءً على تقديرات متحفظة، فقد كسبت أوروبا 21 بليون يورو من صفقات تجارة السلاح إلى الشرق الأوسط بينما اَنفقت 19 بليون على استضافة ما يقارب مليون لاجئ سوري. يجدر هنا السؤال: بالرغم من إدراكهم تبعات تدفق السلاح في إطالة الحرب، هل إختار السياسيون الغربيون المقايضة بين جني الأرباح لصالح صانعي السلاح مقابل تحميل دافعي الضرائب نفقات استضافة اللاجئين؟ على امتداد حقبة الحرب السورية، سهلت الدول الغربية الحصول على السلاح الغربي المنشأ لكافة ...

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Trump’s Travel Ban: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What May Happen Next

[Seal of the President of the United States of America.]

On 27 January 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Trump’s travel ban (or “Muslim ban,” as it has come to be called—not inaccurately, since it clearly targets Muslim-majority countries) has of course received a huge amount of attention. However, even among those attempting to follow the story closely, areas of confusion and misinformation have remained. In part, this has to do with the state of chaos that followed from attempts to enforce the ban, which some have attributed to a deeply dysfunctional and inept administration and others have described as an intentional plan ...

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استراحة مخيّم: روايات من مخيم الرشيدية والبحر

صورة لمجموعة الدكتافون

لا نعرف الكثير حول سبب تواجد المخيمات الفلسطينية حيث هي اليوم. كما لا نعرف المسارات التي اتخذها سكانها من فلسطين إلى تلك المخيمات. كثيراً ما نظن أنّ اللاجئين، نقلوا عند وصولهم، مباشرة إلى الخيام التي أصبحت في وقت لاحق "مخيمات." انطلاقاً من أفكار حول اللجوء وسُبل كتابة تاريخ مغاير للمخيمات الفلسطينية في لبنان، عملنا في مجموعة الدكتافون على مشروع "استراحة مخيم" الذي تم تطويره بتكليف من مقر دار النمر للفن والثقافة في بيروت خلال فعاليات مهرجان قلنديا الدولي لعام 2016. عملُنا في مجموعة الدكتافون هو مزيج من الفن الحيّ مع البحث المتعدد الحقول. يتشابك البحث والفن الحيّ منذ الفكرة الأولية للمشروع ثم أثناء تطويرها ولاحقاً في مشاركتها مع الناس. من هذا ...

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The Death of a Nomad

[Image from near Bir Lehlou, Western Sahara, April 2016. Image by author]

In Western Sahara, any news item is also a potential item of propaganda. Words, like individuals, have ideological mass. Thus former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s use of the word “occupation” in a speech following his March 2016 visit to the Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, was the subject of some diplomatic agitation. UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said of Mr. Ban, “His use of the word was not planned nor was it deliberate. It was a spontaneous, personal reaction. We regret the misunderstandings and consequences that this personal expression of solicitude provoked.” There is much to unpack here—less so in Morocco’s response, which was to ...

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New Texts Out Now: Anaheed Al-Hardan, Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities

Anaheed Al-Hardan, Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Anaheed Al-Hardan (AH): Much of the interdisciplinary literature that can be brought under the broad label of Middle East Studies continues to treat the region that is defined as the “Middle East” as the object of study, the place where the raw material and “culture” to be processed by the researcher is produced. In contrast, Europe remains the subject of history and universal theories through which the object of study is to be defined and understood. The writing of this book is located within ...

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Why the Life of Haytham Matters

UNRWA student, Haytham, caught up in the Syrian conflict dreams of being a surgeon

Haytham is a war child who lives with his family in Khan Eshieh camp, home to some nine thousand Palestine refugees and one of the most embattled areas of the Syrian capital, Damascus.  His story is increasingly common among UNRWA students in Syria. "I had to escape and hide when rockets fell near the school," he says. "It was horrifying. The fighting intensified and we lived in constant fear of bombing and violence. I studied in a state of high anxiety with the sounds of bullets and shelling." As world leaders gather today in New York at the Summit on Refugees and Migrants, I am struck by how often in recent months I have been confronted with ...

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The Western Sahara and Football: A Path toward Self-Determination?

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In April this year, a story appeared on an Algerian football website,  Le Competiteur, noting that the country’s national football team was planning a friendly match against Western Sahara. The question for the article was how Algeria’s regional rival Morocco would respond. Following incomplete decolonization by Spain in 1975, Western Sahara--which borders Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania--was occupied by Morocco and Mauritania despite the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejecting the occupiers’ claims to pre-colonial sovereignty and asserting the Sahrawis’ right to self-determination. A bitter war, during which the Sahrawi resistance movement, known as the ...

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report (Spring 2016): Life in Exile

Middle East Report No. 278 (Spring 2016) LIFE IN EXILE The Middle East is once again the world’s biggest producer of refugees, due primarily to the catastrophic war in Syria. The region has also long hosted the greatest number of refugees on earth—indeed, the exodus of Syrians is the latest of a nearly unbroken series of refugee crises stretching back to the early twentieth century. The spring issue of Middle East Report explores important dimensions of the current emergency. Sarah A. Tobin and Madeline Otis Campbell examine the intent and unexpected outcomes of educational and other programs run by the hundreds of non-governmental organizations at Zaatari, the ...

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غبار الشجاعيّة

[ رسم من أعمال الكاتبة والفنانة مولي كرابآپل ]

”رضينا بالهمْ والهمْ ما رضيش بينا.“ جلست ابتسام  تضحك في الغبار وحجابها المطرّز بالورود يؤطر وجهها العريض اللمّاح. لقد شهدت من الهم في خمس وأربعين سنة عاشتها في غزّة ما يجعل الضحك ردة الفعل الوحيدة. مات زوجها في الانتفاضة الثانية بعد أزمة ربو سبّبها الضغط النفسي الذي تعتقد هي أن مصدره كان صوت دبّابة تقصف. ترك لها أربعة أولاد ربتهم هي. وقامت بذلك في بيت تسكنه أربع عوائل. محاط بأشجار الزيتون وقن دجاج وحديقة صغيرة زرعت فيها الصعتر البرّي. لم يعد هذا البيت موجوداً. لا هو ولا حيّ الشجاعية، وذلك بسبب القنابل والجرّافات الإسرائيليّة أثناء عمليّة الدرع الواقي ضد غزّة في صيف 2014. وكانت تلك ثالث عملية عسكريّة إسرائيلية شاملة النطاق ضد غزة منذ سيطرة حماس على ...

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التعليم في سوريا أثناء الحرب: مقابلة لبرنامج الوضع

في سلسلة من ثلاث مقابلات لبرنامج الوضع باستضافة من كاتي الحايك, يتحدث كتاب وناشطون سوريون عن منظوراتهم حول واقع التعليم في سوريا، وكذلك للسوريين في بلدان مجاورة. يركز كل ضيف على التعليم في مواقع مختلفة: في مناطق تحت سيطرة المعارضة، مناطق تحت سيطرة النظام وأخرى تحت حكم داعش. صبر درويش كاتب وصحفي سوري٬ له العديد من التحقيقات الصحفية نشرت في وسائل اعلام عربية مختلفة٬ له عدة أفلام وثائقية٬ ومنها فيلم "حكايات من شرق العاصمة" وعرض على قناة العربية في عام ٬2014 كما نشر كتابين حول سوريا٬ الكتاب الأول بعنوان: سوريا: تجربة المدن المحررة“٬ الصادر عن دار الريس٬ بيرو٬ 2015 والكتاب الثاني بالاشتراك مع الكاتب اللبناني محمد أبي سمرا٬ بعنوان: "مآسي حلب الثورة المغدورة ...

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Changing the Status Quo: What Directions for Palestinians?

The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research has issued today five papers and a final report on: Changing the Status Quo: What Directions for Palestinians? The papers address five proposed directions for Palestinian to take in order to change the status quo: popular resistance, boycott, ending security coordination, embracing a rights-based approach, and return to negotiations. The final report summarizes the main findings of research, papers, and public opinion polls among the Palestinian public on the best course of action. The final report is also based on debate among members of a task force in closed workshops held between October 2015 and February ...

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Islam, Muslims, and the Trump World Order

As Muslim communities in the United States and around the world confront the terrifying prospects that a Donald Trump presidency holds for their lives and liberties, a long-simmering conflict within the American political establishment has reached its boiling point. Recent policy debates surrounding the ban on Muslim immigration and the proposed designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization mask a deeper struggle over the enduring practices of a political class in the throes of a ...

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Specters of Palestine: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

There are at least 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a number that represents a quarter of Lebanon’s total population. This is the highest concentration of Syrian refugees in the world. Syrians are not the only refugee population in Lebanon. When considered alongside Palestinian, Iraqi, Kurdish, and Sudanese refugees, the total refugee population easily represents a third of Lebanon’s current residents. Lebanon had no revolution, or sustained uprising, to contribute to the regional fervor that ...

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Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani Discusses Trump Orders Concerning Refugees on Al Jazeera

In this 28 January 2017 edition of Al Jazeera English's Inside Story, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses the consequences of US President Donald Trump's newly-announced orders suspending and restricting US refugee policy. The program, presented by Hashem Ahelbarra, also features Brad Thomas, a supporter of the Trump administration recently-announced policies, and Leonard Doyle, public relations officer with the International Organization for Migration. 

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ذاكرة المستقبل

كنت جالساً البارحة بمفردي، وهذا بحد ذاته الآن شيء لا ينصح به لكل السوريين في المهجر، أتابع الأخبار. لا شغف ولا إثارة كانت تأتي من جميع القنوات الاخبارية أوصفحات التواصل الاجتماعي. على الرغم من أن معظم الأخبار كانت تركّز على مدينتي الجريحة. ليس فقط على المدينة، بل أكثر تحديداً على بعض الأحياء التي قضيت فيها سنين مراهقتي الشقية. السنين التي تعرفت فيها على عشيقتي التي قضيت معها ثلاثة عشر عاماً من الحب، حبيبتي حلب. في سن الثالثة عشرة، اتخذت قراراً مبكراً بمغادرة قريتي البسيطة والذهاب إلى المدينة. حلب ...

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Conflict Medicine: A Manifesto

Contemporary protracted conflicts across the Middle East have presented health systems and professionals with unprecedented challenges. The objective of this manifesto on conflict medicine is to highlight the need for a better understanding of the different pathways of injury and re-injury within the changing ecology of war. Ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen are taking place in urban settings and result in high casualties among civilians and combatants alike. In fact, the distinction ...

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Empty Promises? Radical Policy Shift Needed on Refugees and Migrants

On 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly brought together for the first time all UN Member states to work on a more “coordinated and humane approach” to large movements of refugees and migrants. Described as an “historic opportunity to come up with a blue print for a better international response,” the timing of this high level meeting could not have been better. With millions of refugees and migrants on the move and a deadly epidemic of restrictive migration and asylum policies spreading from ...

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Resolving to Divest: The History of SJP at UCLA's Divestment Campaign

This article reviews the history of Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA’s campaign to pass a divestment resolution through the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC). In what follows, we briefly historicize campus Palestine activism, review the history of SJP at UCLA, and then provide a detailed account and analysis of the divestment struggle—from the first discussions of ethical investments in early 2013 to the ultimate passage of divestment in November 2014.[1] Part 1: SJP's ...

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A Brief History of Fortress Europe

Three days into 2016, the European border crisis claimed its first victim: a two-year-old boy who drowned off the coast of the Greek island of Agathonisi. Compared with the public outcry that the photos of Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body on a Turkish beach provoked the previous August, the reaction to the fact that European border policies had killed another innocent toddler was tepid to say the least. While it may be the case that the lack of a tragic image attesting to the fact served to insulate many from ...

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أهلاً بكم في ليسبوس

  أرى الشاب من الليلة الماضية، يجلس لوحده، يدخّن، ويبحلق في البحر الأسود الممتد أمامه. هاتفه مُطْفأ في يده. بجانبه أكثر من عشرة شباب ينامون تحت بطانيّات رمادية. وعلاماتها الكبيرة التي تشير إلى المفوضية العليا لشؤون اللاجئين في الأمم المتحدة ترفرف في الريح. «هل أنت بخير؟» «نعم، الحمد لله. وأنت؟» «جيّد. هل يمكن أن أساعدك؟» «تساعدني؟» لم أكن أرتدي السترة المميّزة. هو يظن أنّني هربت معه وقد نزلت من القارب للتو. شرحت له: «أنا متطوّع هنا في ليسبوس. هل أنت بحاجة إلى شيء؟» «حقاً؟» وقف وابتسم وهو ...

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: A Makeshift City

Unlike Lebanon, which also hosts a large number of refugees, Jordan has opened refugee camps in the North of the country to control the arrival and settlement of refugees. Established in late July 2012, the Zaatari camp, which has nearly 80,000 inhabitants today, is the most famous space of settlement of Syrian refugees. The camp is located in a semi-arid area about ten kilometres southeast of the city of Mafraq in Northern Jordan, near the border with Syria. Originally composed of tents juxtaposed next ...

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Layers of Siege: The Chain of Complicity from Syria to Europe

Syrians are being subjected to multiple layers of siege. In the first layer, the military and other armed groups have surrounded and entrapped up to one and a half million people within the country. Most of Syria's borders are closed to those fleeing violence, marking a second layer of siege. And finally, Europe is constructing higher fences and implementing abhorrent policies designed to keep refugees out. There is a chain of complicity in undermining people’s ability to seek refuge that runs from Syria ...

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Covering the Migration Crisis in Greece - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Kostas Kallergis

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, Nada Ghandour-Demiri speaks with the Greek journalist and producer Kostas Kallergis, who provides insights on the migration crisis in Greece and reflects on the role of journalists in covering this topic. Kostas Kallergis is a Greek journalist and producer who, in the last year, has worked extensively with foreign media on the coverage of the migration crisis. He is currently working with the BBC. He has a long experience in journalism and in the production of ...

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