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Human Dignity in Jerusalem

The lengthy history of Jerusalem is distinguished by diverse episodes of both benevolent tolerance and inhumane intolerance. For several lengthy periods, such as most of the nineteenth century, a spirit of coexistence generally characterized the holy city. On too many other occasions, it witnessed sectarian ...  Read More »

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The Legal Campaign Against American Torture

Torture, like genocide and crimes against humanity, is a gross crime under international law. The right not to be tortured is constituted through the prohibition of practices that purposefully cause harm (physical and/or psychological) to persons who are in custody but have not been found guilty of a crime. (The ...  Read More »

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Emergency Laws, the Arab Spring, and the Struggle Against “Human Rights”

The Arab Spring could not be more textured as different governments, political interests, and international relations have uniquely shaped each nation’s uprising. Still, certain patterns have been common to this turning point in the Arab world. These have included burgeoning protests, state-sponsored violence ...  Read More »

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On the Possible Recognition of A Palestinian State at the United Nations

There is much interest in what will happen regarding Palestine at the United Nations in September. Contrary to much of what has been written on this subject, this is not a matter of “declaring” Palestinian statehood. The PLO already declared the independence of Palestine in 1988. Like many things in life, this is ...  Read More »

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Following the Torture Trail through the Arab Spring: First Speculations

Torture and anti-torture are everywhere. Are the revolutions sweeping through the Arab world, and being confronted with violent counter-revolutions, in part a battle over the use of torture? It is, perhaps, too early to know how significant or central torture is to the protest movements that have disposed of the ...  Read More »

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"We've Never Seen Such Horror": Crimes Against Humanity by Syrian Security Forces

[Below is the latest from the Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Syria.] "We've Never Seen Such Horror": Crimes Against Humanity by Syrian Security Forces Summary Since the beginning of anti-government protests in March 2011, Syrian security forces have killed hundreds of protesters and arbitrarily arrested ...  Read More »

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Legal Fallout of Israeli Attack on Lebanese Nakba Day March (Video)

The below video (courtesy of Wissam al-Saliby) was recorded on Friday, May 27th, 2011, when Omar Nashabeh (Arabic) and Salah El Dabagh (Arabic then English) held a press conference to discuss possible legal action against the Israeli authorities responsible for the attack on the Nakba Day commemorators that were ...  Read More »

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Whither Palestinian Resistance? Part III Roundtable on Palestinian Diaspora and Representation

[This is PART III of a three-part roundtable on Palestinian Diaspora and Representation moderated by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat. It features Naseer Aruri, Seif Da'na, Karma Nabulsi, and Sherene Seikaly. Read the   Read More »

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The PLO: A Positive Model or Doomed for Failure? Part II Roundtable on Palestinian Diaspora and Representation

[This is PART II of a three-part roundtable on Palestinian Diaspora and Representation moderated by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat. It features Naseer Aruri, Seif Da'na, Karma Nabulsi, and Sherene Seikaly. Read the INTRO, PART I: Palestinians Organizing in Diaspora, Part II: ...  Read More »

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Palestinians Organizing in Diaspora: PART I Roundtable on Palestinian Diaspora and Representation

[This is PART I of a three-part roundtable on Palestinian Diaspora and Representation moderated by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat. It features Naseer Aruri, Seif Da'na, Karma Nabulsi, and Sherene Seikaly.]  Palestinians are not unique for organizing themselves in diaspora. The Tamils of ...  Read More »

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Roundtable on Palestinian Diaspora and Representation (INTRO)

 “[T]he formation of a diaspora could be articulated as the quintessential journey into becoming; a process marked by incessant regroupings, recreations, and reiteration. Together these stressed actions strive to open up new spaces of discursive and performative postcolonial consciousness.” -Okwui ...  Read More »

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A Journey into Refugee Camps along the Tunisian-Libyan Border

During a trip to Tunisia in April 2011, I had the opportunity to visit the Tunisian-Libyan border in Ras Ajdir, where thousands of refugees have fled Libya since the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi began on February 17. There, the refugees are living in makeshift camps with the hope of returning to their home ...  Read More »

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On Our Way to Palestine: An Eyewitness Account of Nakba Day at the Lebanese Border

Sunday 15th May, 2011. 7.30am, Nada calls. "The buses are already full and they told us if we want to hitch a ride we'd have to stand the whole way down, is there space with you?" The buses are full? Big smile on my face. "Of course!" Quick change of plan, and I wait for Rana before we set off ...  Read More »

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Text of Obama Letter Ordering Further Sanctions on Syria

[On Wednesday May 18th, 2011, President Obama issued a letter addressed to both the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate in regards to a new set of US sanctions on Syria. The letter was originally made public by The White House Press Secretary and can be found here.] For Immediate Release May ...  Read More »

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Cruel and Sadistic Intoxication of Power: A Personal Account of Arrest and Interrogation

[This report was originally published by Mazin Qumsiyeh on Popular Resistance.] Hundreds of us were kidnapped by the apartheid soldiers from demonstrations and hundreds were injuried and scores were martyred. Before I give my report I wanted to thank every one who took action. I have far too many emails to thank each ...  Read More »

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Between Massacre and Genocide: On Eric Friedler's "Aghét: Nation Murder"

The equation of German documentary filmmaker Eric Friedler’s Aghét: Nation Murder (2010) is of two parts: aghét and genocide. The film’s voice-over proclaims that aghét (whose literal meaning is catastrophe) is the word Armenians use for what was visited on their ancestors during and immediately after World War I. In ...  Read More »

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Israel's Blockade of Gaza is Cracking

Egypt has announced that it will open its border crossing with Gaza on a permanent basis thereby reversing Egypt’s collusion with Israel’s blockade regime.  The interim Foreign Minister, Nabil al-Arabi, has described support for the blockade by the previous Egyptian regime as "disgraceful." While ...  Read More »

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All Sides Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor on Killing of Osama Bin Ladin

[This is an interview conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on May 3, 2011, by Ann Fisher on her WOSU show, All Sides. The interview addresses the significance of Osama Bin Ladin's death in Muslim, Arab, and Western states. It also discusses recent developments with the Arab uprisings, in particular the ...  Read More »

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"Budrus": The Potential and Limits of Non-Violent Popular Struggle

Budrus. Directed by Julia Bacha. 2009. Budrus, an award-winning film directed by Julia Bacha and produced by Ronit Avni, documents the struggle of a small West Bank Palestinian village of the same name to prevent Israeli security forces from building the separation wall through its property. Through its struggle, ...  Read More »

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Palestinian Youth: New Movement, New Borders

Reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah may present the first victory of a nascent Palestinian youth movement, which earned its moniker, the March 15th movement, from the first day of its mass protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Only one day after the launch of their movement demanding an end to ...  Read More »

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The Securitisation of Political Rule: Security Domination of Arab Regimes and the Prospects for Democratisation

Among the more interesting features of the current wave of uprisings and protests sweeping the Arab world is the general absence of the armed forces from regime efforts to defeat popular challenges to autocratic rule. Even in Libya, where the revolt has taken an unambiguously military character and the Qaddafi regime ...  Read More »

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Tribes of Libya as the Third Front: Myths and Realities of Non-State Actors in the Long Battle for Misrata

Recent news reports originating from Libyan state media have Libyan tribes sending representatives to the rebels in Misrata, hoping to negotiate for peace and for control of the city. An April 24 article in The Guardian quoted Libya’s deputy foreign minister, Khaled Kaim, as threatening a “very bloody” assault against ...  Read More »

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ثوار تحت الإحتلال: الإنتفاضة العراقية 2011 [Revolutionaries Under Occupation: The Iraqi Uprising of 2011]

في تغطيتها للإحتجاجات في العراق، نشرت مجلة الإكونومست مقالاً تحت عنوان "حتى بلد تعم فيه الديمقراطية غير مصون من الإحتجاجات." والمقالة تصف العراق كبلد يتمتع بحكومة منتخبة، ومع ذلك فان التظاهرات تعمه بسبب فشل الحكومة في توفير الخدمات الأساسية. وتعكس هذه المقالة إتجاهاً عاماً في فهم الوضع ...  Read More »

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Independence, Nakba, and the Visual Archive

As part of our recognition of the life, work and tragic death of Juliano Mer-Khamis (1958-2011), we are publishing an excerpt from Ella Shohat’s recent postscript chapter to the new edition of Israeli Cinema: East /West and the Politics of Representation (IB Tauris, London), which features a discussion of ...  Read More »

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Indictment

The following poem is by Muhammad Farhat al-Shaltami (1945-2010), one of the leading figures of Libyan dissident literature. Born in Benghazi in the wake of Italy’s bloody colonial rule, al-Shaltami was a teacher by occupation. He was first imprisoned in the 1960s under the monarchy – for his poetry as much as for his ...  Read More »

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Committee to Protect Journalists on Founder of Bahrain's Al-Wasat Newspaper

[The below statement was issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists on April 15, 2011.] The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bahraini authorities today to conduct an immediate and transparent investigation into the death in state custody of Karim Fakhrawi, left, founder and board member of ...  Read More »

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الهيمنة السعودية تسحق الربيع البحريني [Saudi Hegemony Stamps Out the Bahraini Spring]

في اليوم الذي هدمت فيه السلطات البحرينية دوار اللؤلؤة الذي صار بمثابة "ميدان تحرير" البحرين في ١٨ آذار/مارس، أعلنت وكالات الأنباء البحرينية التابعة للدولة للجمهور الحائر بأن "معلم مجلس التعاون الخليجي" قد هدم في مساع تهدف الى "إجراء عملية تجميل لوجه المدينة" وذلك من أجل ...  Read More »

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Interview with Sheila Carapico on the Uprising in Yemen (Conducted by Sharam Aghamir)

AUDIO PLAYER BELOW Since the protests began in February, more than 120 people have been killed in Yemen, including 46 children and more than 5000 wounded. Shahram Aghamir of Pacifica Radio's Voices of the Middle East and North Africa spoke with Yemen specialist, Sheila Carapico about the protest movement, President ...  Read More »

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Key Issues Relating to Report of UN Fact-Finding Mission on Gaza Conflict (the "Goldstone Report")

[The below press release was issued by the Palestine Center for Human Rights (PCHR) on April 4, 2011.] In light of the media debate and confusion triggered by Justice Richard Goldstone’s 1 April opinion piece in the Washington Post, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) wishes to highlight a few key ...  Read More »

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Syrian Movement Calls for Political Prisoner Awareness Day

[The below report was issued by the February 17 Youth Movement for Democratic Change in Syria on April 3, 2011. The group, which was formed in the aftermath of Husni Mubarak's resignation, is calling for the designation of Friday April 8, 2011, to be a day focused on political prisoners in Syrian jails. The report ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya’s Law & Conflict Page seeks to explore the relationship between and the debates within the fields of armed conflict, politics, and international law. These debates include developments in international law, the implications of intervention, the legitimacy, or lack thereof, of resistance, the political economy of conflict, war profiteering, the humanitarian dimension of war and peace, and movements and related forces.

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