Exile, longing, identity, and humanity are the themes that are discussed at length in eight Journal of Palestine Studies articles* as part of this month’s Special Focus, including three translations of commentary by Darwish himself, as well as his statement on the 11 September tragedy. In one of them, dated May 24, 1974, Darwish recounts an experience at Brussels airport that is eerily familiar to the situation many Palestinians and their supporters face today at Tel Aviv airport when they seek to visit the holy land.
The conference aims to raise the following questions, among other: How do we conceive of the Intifada after thirty years? How did the Palestinian collective memory maintain that event? What were the cause of the Intifada and why it gained a wide popular base? What impact did it leave on society, culture, politics, and on the image of the Palestinians worldwide? Does the Intifada have an exceptional historical peculiarity? Can a similar uprising happen again?
The March 2016 Monitor sheds light on the escalating discrimination against the Palestinian citizens of Israel as manifested in official policies and legislation, fed by the racism prevalent in the Jewish Israeli society. The latest discriminatory laws and policies target the bodies and minds of the Palestinians to control and restrain the Palestinian identity in Israel.
The February Monitor surveys the official and unofficial racism toward Palestinian citizens of Israel, starting with the prime minister, the members of his cabinet, the police, and the courts–who are entrusted with the enforcement of the law–through to the military establishment. In addition to that, members of the Knesset (MKs) continue to prepare discriminatory bills, tailored to exclude the Palestinian citizens of Israel regarding their civil-society institutions and parliamentary lists.
This report refers to the reinforcement of Zionism as a project and an ideology, as well as the erasure of Palestinians. The erasure of Palestinians is manifested both in the physical realm and in terms of identity, culture, and freedom of expression.
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Relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem is illegal, and is a reckless provocation
Kellyanne Conway, President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign manager, has stated that relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a “a big priority” for the incoming administration.