Remembering the First Intifada: "I Was Detained by Mitzna"

Last month Palestinians marked 30 years since the First Intifada, which erupted on December 9, 1987. In this except from “The First Intifada: Hope and the Loss of Hope,” which appeared in the Autumn, 2017 issue of the Journal of Palestine Studies, Khalid Farraj recounts his own arrest by Israeli soldiers in March 1988 during a security sweep of Jalazun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. The sweep was led by Gen. Amram Mitzna, Israeli officer in charge of the Central Command (West Bank) at the time. Farraj grew up and worked in the camp as an activist leafleting and disseminating information among the community.

Special Focus: Jerusalem

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital this past Wednesday has caused a fury of opposition around the world. As protests of his decision continue, this month’s Special Focus offers eight Journal of Palestine Studies articles that, together, shed light on the status of Jerusalem and on the likely consequences of Trump’s decision.

Journal of Palestine Studies, Autumn 2017

With this special issue, the Journal of Palestine Studies addresses the signal moments discussed in an essay by JPS Editor Rashid Khalidi, “Historical Landmarks in the Hundred Years’ War on Palestine,” as well as several other aspects of the struggle over Palestine during the century since 1917.

Operation Cast Lead: Seven Years Later

On December 27, 2008, the Israel Defense Forces launched an assault on the besieged Gaza Strip. For the next 22 days, Gaza’s over one million residents bore witness to an unprecedented Israeli war on a Palestinian territory. By the conflict’s end, the Palestinian death toll numbered over 1,400; mainly civilians, including over 300 children. 13 Israelis were reported dead, four from friendly fire.

How Israeli Settlements Stifle Palestine’s Economy

In this policy brief, IPS Senior Fellow Leila Farsakh and Al-Shabaka Policy Fellow Nur Arafeh and Policy Advisor Samia al-Botmeh debunk Israel’s arguments by demonstrating the devastating impact Israel’s settlement enterprise has had on the Palestinian economy, dispossessing Palestinians of their land, water, and other resources and creating mass unemployment.

Abandoned Yet Central: Gaza and the Resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Harvard researcher Sara Roy held a round table on Gaza during last year's MESA conference in Washington, D.C. The Institute for Palestine Studies is pleased to publish the presentation papers here for the first time: “The Coming War Will Be a Nightmare,” Paul Gaston Aaron; “Gaza: The Unprotected Edge of Palestine,” Brian K.

Conference: The ’48 Palestinians and the Palestinian National Project: Role and Status

The Institute for Palestine Studies and Mada al-Carmel - Arab Center for Applied Social Research cordially invite you to attend a conference about The ’48 Palestinians and the Palestinian National Project: Role and Status which will be held on the 7th and 8th of November 2015 at Birzeit University, Faculty of Law, hall no. 243 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm and on the 9th of November 2015 a round table will be held at the Golden Crown Hotel, Nazareth, at 5:00 pm.

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