Special Focus

Every month, IPS presents an event or theme related to the history of Palestine by highlighting a selection of relevant JPS articles. Free online access to these articles will be available for a limited period of time.

Palestinian Women – Shared Struggle, Diverse Experiences How does one write about women and their concerns without reducing them to so-called “women’s issues”? Are the struggles of Palestinian women under occupation or in refugee camps all that different from Palestinian men? Is a mother’s concern for her children a “women’s cause” distinguished in its sentiment and action from paternal concern? Is gender all that important, after all? The Journal of Palestine Studies has long addressed these and similar questions regarding the lived experience of Palestinian
Settler Violence in Palestine Perhaps nothing better symbolizes the Palestinian commitment to hold fast to the land than the olive tree. Its ancient roots and strong foundation a metaphor for the Palestinians’ unbroken presence and resilience. And for Israeli settlers guided by the fervent belief that Palestinians are squatters on land ordained by God for the Jewish people, the olive tree is a prime target. [1] According to a report on settler violence by The Palestine Center, “the period of the olive harvest annually brings a peak in violent settler activity.” [
“Gas the Arabs! JDL [Jewish Defense League]” spray-painted on the wall of a Palestinian school near Shuhada Street. Baruch Goldstein was a member of the JDL.  (Activestills.org)
Palestinian women walk past a mural depicting late Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (L) and late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Martyrdom in the Context of the Palestinian National Struggle In January 1965, Ahmad Musa, a Fedayeen fighter with the Fatah faction, retreated back into Jordan after a sabotage raid on an Israeli water tunnel near the Palestinian village of Eilaboun in the occupied Galilee. Israeli forces seized Eilaboun in October 1948, expelled its residents (eventually allowed to return after the intervention of the Archbishop of Acre), and rounded up 14 of its young men and shot them three by three in a massacre still commemorated by the village. [1] Musa met his own fate at
The Arab-Israeli Conflict's Effect on Academia In June 1990, after much institutional delay, 150 faculty members of the University of Idaho, including the new president, signed a resolution calling on Israel to reopen Palestinian universities shut down during the Intifada . The resolution “expresses the faculty members’ deep concern on the issues of academic freedom, civil liberties, and access to educational opportunities for the Palestinian people residing in Israeli-occupied territories.” Declaring education to be a “basic human right,” the resolution may have
Northeastern University Students for Justice in Palestine
A Palestinian boy looks at pictures of Palestinian political prisoners being held by Israel.
Palestinian Prisoners For Palestinians, the experience of being a prisoner is as common to life under occupation as, say, land confiscations and checkpoints. Since 1967, 40% of the adult male population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, or roughly 800,000 people, have been the victim of some form of detention by Israel. As of 1 May 2014, the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association , a Palestinian NGO dedicated to prisoners’ rights, reports 5271 Palestinian political prisoners and administrative detainees in Israeli custody in 25 prisons, detention,