Every day—for three months and counting—Israel’s US-supplied arsenal has inflicted genocide. It is a betrayal to watch the shredding of our people. It is a betrayal to look away … Palestinians are not the embodiment of a future threat. The rhetoric that the young who are now disabled, orphaned, and bereft will grow to become vengeful is a denial of everything we have learned about Palestinian futurity over the last seventy-five years. Palestinians teach us to live despite the trauma, despite a foreclosed future. As long as Palestinians exist, we will write, make music, archive, and labor, tirelessly, again and again, for freedom. —Sherene Seikaly & Rashid I. Khalidi
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We hope you are as well as can be during this devastating time in Palestine. We would like to announce the release of the most recent issue of the Journal of Palestine Studies for 2023.
In this issue, we feature three articles covering Palestinians in Jordan, the United States, and Palestine. The first, co-authored by Kyle Benedict Craig and Michael Vicente Pérez, focuses on the Palestinian shatat in Jordan and offers the concept of dispersed rooting in order to understand the significance of Palestinian visual and material productions in the country. The second is by Roxy Moon, who examines Palestinian digital archiving—particularly at the Palestinian Museum Digital Archive, the Palestinian Oral History Archive, and the Palestine Poster Project Archives—in the context of the Israeli settler-colonial regime’s suppression, destruction, and erasure of Palestinian knowledge. The third article by Mai Serhan examines Palestinian narration as an act of identity formation through the memoirs of two Palestinian American women in New York City, Najla Said and Suheir Hammad. This article is open access.
Five essays are featured in this issue: an open-access essay honoring Khader Adnan, who died while on hunger strike in an Israeli prison; two essays discussing decolonial love in a time of genocide in Gaza, one through the lens of grief and the other through Palestinian feminist consciousness; a fourth essay about the deinstitutionalization of mental health services in the West Bank; and finally, an essay about a Palestinian American who returned to Jerusalem after her family was dispossessed from Lifta in 1948 only to face a second dispossession herself.
The issue also features a free-access roundtable discussion examining the critical space Palestine occupies in Third World Approaches to International Law and a tribute to the late Halim Barakat, remembered as an eminent novelist, short story writer, and prolific scholar. Finally, the issue includes two book reviews: a free-access double review of Light the Road of Freedom: Women’s Voices from Gaza Series by Sahbaa Al-Barbari and Unsilencing Gaza: Reflections on Resistance by Sara Roy; and another reviewing Anti-colonial Resistance in South Africa and Israel/Palestine: Identity, Nationalism, and Race by Ran Greenstein.
The full table of contents can be found here.