Palestine Studies Fellow Mouin Rabbani:
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.
In the Land of My Birth recounts the coming of age of a blind Palestinian boy of modest milieu during the turbulent years leading up to the fall of Palestine in 1948. Above all, it is the boy’s life—his struggles to make his way in the sighted world, his upbringing, schooling, friendships, and adventures.
The Journal is proud to present a feature by Sahar Francis on Palestinian women prisoners in Israeli jails. Her report is based on extensive interviews with former prisoners, and on her work at the head of an organization dedicated to the defense of prisoners’ rights. In tandem, managing editor Nehad Khader writes on former prisoner and outspoken human-rights activist Rasmea Odeh. Odeh’s conviction in Israel decades ago on terrorism charges was secured by a confession obtained after she was tortured and raped, and her recently ordered deportation from the United States (where she resides) was decreed by a federal court that did not allow these facts to be considered.
Journal of Palestine Studies editor Rashid Khalidi:
Now a classic in its field, From Haven to Conquest is a unique compendium of difficult-to-obtain or out-of-print material on Zionism and the history of Palestine from ancient times until 1948. Eighty documents and first-hand accounts are supplemented by 30 pages of appendices providing detailed demographic and military statistics.
Palestine Studies Fellow Mouin Rabbani
The Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) hosted an interview on 'The Iran Nuclear Agreement and the Question of Palestine' with Palestine Studies Fellow Mouin Rabbani.
For our July Book of the Month, Palestine Studies has chosen Manifestations of Identity: The Lived Reality of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon by Muhammad Ali Khalidi. Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon are often discussed in sensationalist or objectified terms in the context of various crises.
On this day, 43 years ago, the Palestinian people lost one of their greatest writer, Ghassan Kanafani. In remembrance the Institute for Palestine Studies has made available an archival retrospective on the life and work of Kanafani.
IPS Fellow Lisa Hajjar: