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Visualizing Jerusalem: Anatomy of Inequality

Visualizing Palestine presents Anatomy of Inequality, our latest visual in a series exploring Israeli policies on Jerusalem. This original VP illustration, inspired by the commonly held sentiment that Jerusalem is at the heart of Palestine, makes visual reference to anatomical drawings of the heart. The ...  Read More »

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The Fattoush Book Exhibition in Haifa

[This article was published originally Tadween's Al-Diwan blog by Diwan's editor, Mekarem Eljamal.] The Fattoush Book Exhibition, which ran from April 3-8, was more than a simple book fair where city residents and visitors could come to buy the latest Arabic language publications. Organizers of the festival turned it ...  Read More »

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Visualizing Palestine: 50+ Years of Occupation

5 June 2017 marked 50 years of Israel’s occupation, a sobering milestone. The word "occupation" is typically used to describe Israel’s ongoing military rule over the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem since 1967, but the story of Israeli colonialism and occupation is much broader. In its short ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (August 6)

[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 ...  Read More »

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Statement of Opposition to the "Israel Anti-Boycott Act" by the Middle East Studies Association of North America

[The following statement was issued by the Middle East Studies Association of North America on 27 July 2017 in response to the Congressional move to enact a "Israel Anti-Boycott Act" law.] The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) expresses its strong opposition to the “Israel ...  Read More »

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Critical Readings in Political Economy: 1967

Guy Laron, The Six-Day War (Yale University Press, 2017). Amidst the forest-felling libraries of literature on the question of Palestine, Israel’s 1967 war of aggression is perhaps responsible for the largest clear-cuts. So much is manufactured. Yet so little is useful or new. Part of the problem is the massive ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (July 30)

[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 ...  Read More »

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Making Sense of Jerusalem, Gaza, and Anti-BDS Legislation in the United States

The past two weeks have been filled with a flurry of news and developments concerning Palestine that have appeared in piecemeal fashion. As per usual, mainstream international and US media have portrayed events in Jerusalem and Gaza, as well as legislation in the United States, as isolated incidents lacking context. ...  Read More »

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A Few Thoughts on Leaving Academe

Next week, I will depart Beirut and return to the DC area. I’m grateful to the students and friends who made our time in Lebanon so rewarding. We’ll remember this period with great fondness. My son grew from a toddler into a little boy in Beirut. His first memories are registered at AUB. Despite applying to ...  Read More »

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الاستقطاب عند حماس: بين المدرسة والمسجد

 مع توقيع اتفاق القاهرة "اتفاق غزة أريحا" في أيار/ مايو 1994، بين قوة الاحتلال الإسرائيلي ومنظمة التحرير الفلسطينية، وبدء عودة السلطة الفلسطينية إلى قطاع غزة المحتل بعد أسابيع من الاتفاق، بدأ حزب السلطة "حركة فتح " بفرض نفوذه على معظم الحيز العام الفلسطيني. وكان الهم الأول للقيادة الفلسطينية ...  Read More »

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مَعرض الشِقَاق لبنجي بوياجيان

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 ...  Read More »

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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 ...  Read More »

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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 ...  Read More »

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Full Circles: Hamas Goes to Cairo

During the past week, a Hamas delegation paid an official visit to Egypt, which these days is news in and of itself. During its time in Cairo, the delegation also met with former Fatah warlord Muhammad Dahlan, which is even bigger news. The Hamas delegation was led by Yahya Sinwar. A leader of Hamas’s Martyr ...  Read More »

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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 ...  Read More »

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Fifty Years of Occupation: A Forum

This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which culminated in the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights, among other transformations of regional politics. The post-1967 occupation and its consequences continue to structure the ...  Read More »

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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 ...  Read More »

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The 1967 Defeat and the Conditions of the Now: A Roundtable

Introduction By Sherene Seikaly The last two years have been chock full of commemorations, from World War I to the Russian Revolution and many in between. With each of these commemorations, scholars and observers attempt to put history in conversation with the global darkness of our times. Today we commemorate ...  Read More »

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The 1967 June War and the Palestinian National Movement

The June 1967 war did not create the contemporary Palestinian national movement, but did establish the conditions for its meteoric rise and ability to wrest custodianship of the Question of Palestine from the Arab states. This development has had far-reaching consequences to this day. From the conclusion of the ...  Read More »

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عمر شبانة: سيرة لأبناء الورد

مقاطع مختارة من ديوان  "سيرة لأبناء الورد“  للشاعر عمر شبانة فلسطين/ الأردن، الصادر عن ”الأهلية“ في عمّان.  اسْمي الذي يليقُ بي -10- في غابة الأسماء كانَ الأنبياءُ، والصّعاليكُ، وتاريخٌ من الدّماء، حارقّ،  وكان ثمّة السيّد والعبيد،  كان الماء من زمزم، والنبيذ، وكلّ واحدٍ ...  Read More »

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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 ...  Read More »

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إجهاض الديمقراطية الأردنية: من هبة نيسان إلى حراك 2011 نحو الملكية المطلقة

 كنت قد تطرقت في الجزء الأول من هذا المقال إلى دور الحركة الوطنية الأردنية الناشئة في عشرينيات القرن الماضي في التأسيس للمسار الديمقراطي الأول، ودور السلطة الحاكمة في قطع ذلك المسار بالانقلاب على الحكومة البرلمانية الأولى التي شكلها سليمان النابلسي في الخمسينيات. وفي هذا الجزء، سوف أتطرق إلى مسارين ديمقراطيين ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (May 19)

[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 ...  Read More »

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When I Failed to Say Farewell to You…

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 ...  Read More »

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كونيتشيوا، يا نكبتي الخاصة

"ماما، أريد كرة أرضية مثل التي اشترتها والدة إلياس له في عيد ميلاده!". سُررت لطلب ابني في سري لأنه بدأ يهتم بالجغرافيا قبل أن يدخل المدرسة، وبدأت البحث عما يناسب عمره، فعثرت على كرة متحدثة. وفاجأته: "أنظر يا حبيبي، وجدت كرة أرضية خرافية! تلعب بها بالقلم الإلكتروني، فيقول لك القلم اسم البلد ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (May 13)

[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 ...  Read More »

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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 ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (May 6)

[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 ...  Read More »

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

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 ...  Read More »

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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 ...  Read More »

About the Arabian Peninsula Page

Despite its regional and global significance, the Arabian Peninsula has played a tangential role in the study of the modern Middle East. Jadaliyya’s Arabian Peninsula Page seeks to further the debates on the region and its eighty million inhabitants from a myopic focus on statistics, conjecture, and religious violence to one on people and communities, everyday hardships and popular struggles, culture and politics. It will bring together scholars, writers, artists, bloggers, journalists, activists, and photographers who work on or live in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. The goal is to provide an open and collaborative space for the production of knowledge on a region that has largely escaped critical engagement.

 

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BAHRAIN 

Population (2016):                                         1,378,904
GDP ($US billions; 2016):                                     66.37
GDP Per Capita ($US billions; 2016):                50,300 
Health Expenditure (% of GDP; 2014):                      5
Military Expenditure (% of GDP; 2016):                4.59
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+; 2016):                   95.7
Internet Users (/million; 2015):               1.259 (93.5%)

KUWAIT

Population (2016):                                        2,832,776     
GDP ($ US billions; 2016):                                    301.1
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions; 2016):                71,300
Health Expenditure (% of GDP; 2014):                   3.0
Military Expenditure (% of GDP; 2014):                3.65
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+; 2015):                  96.3
Internet Users (/million; 2015):               2.289 (82.1%)

OMAN

Population (2016):                                        3,355,262 
GDP ($US billions; 2016):                                    173.1      
GDP Per Capita ($US billions 2016):                 43,700
Health Expenditure (% of GDP; 2014):                   3.6
Military Expenditure (% of GDP; 2016):             12.75
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+; 2015):                  91.1
Internet Users (/million; 2015):              2.438 (74.2%)

QATAR

Population (2016):                                        2,258,283
GDP ($US billions; 2016):                                    156.6
GDP Per Capita ($US billions; 2016):              129,700
Health Expenditure (% of GDP; 2015):                   2.2
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  2.3
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+; 2015):                  97.3
Internet Users (/million; 2015):              2.039 (92.9%)

SAUDI ARABIA

Population (2016):                                       28,160,273
GDP ($US trillions 2016):                                      1.731
GDP Per Capita ($US billions 2016):                  54,100
Health Expenditure (% of GDP; 2014):                   4.7
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2015):                13.5
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+; 2015):                  94.7
Internet Users (/million; 2015):              19.32 (69.6%)

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Population (2016):                                       5,927,482
GDP ($US billions 2016):                                     667.2
GDP Per Capita ($US billions 2016):                67,700
Health Expenditure (% of GDP; 2015):                 3.6
Military Expenditure (% of GDP; 2014):              5.66
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+; 2015):                93.8
Internet Users (/million; 2015)              5.274 (91.2%)

YEMEN

Population (2016):                                     27,392,779
GDP ($US billions; 2016):                                    73.45
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions; 2016):                2,500
Health Expenditure (% of GDP; 2014):                  5.6
Military Expenditure (% of GDP; 2014):               3.97
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+; 2015):                  70.1
Internet Users (/million; 2015):              6.711 (25.1%)

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