Just weeks before Pope Francis’ first official visit to the Holy Land, a number of Christian holy sites in Israel and Palestine have been targeted in ‘price tag’ attacks by the radical Israeli settler movement. These attacks have been increasing since 2008.
To hug one's identity in an age of globalisation is a global phenomenon witnessed in the break-up of states and devolution movements worldwide. The one-staters run counter to this trend. The veteran Palestinian historian explains how students of this history can best counter a woeful tale of hubris.
Palestinian officials too often assume the role of oppressor, condemning spontaneous reactions to Israeli violations and promoting meek submission in its stead. They cast the Palestinian people in the roles of suspect and offender. Such attitudes only feed into the occupier’s spin on reality.
A new Israeli law creating a legal distinction between Arabs of Christian and Muslim descent passes in the Knesset. Basing the categorisation and status of citizenship on religious and ethnic identifications creates systemic barriers to those citizens who are not deemed acceptable members of the state.
From an empirical-analytical point of view, what
has happened in the Middle East and North Africa since Mohammed Bouazizi died?
This is not an opinion piece, but an assessment of underlying factors which
have put pressure on the aspiration for justice and political reform launched
by the Arab Spring. (5,000 words)
this land, rights are determined by being part of an ethnic tribe, not the
human tribe’. In interview with Zina Smith, activist David Sheen argues that
recent protests by African asylum seekers hold a mirror up to Israel.
Young photographers are risking their lives to show the outside world the reality of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, challenging military hegemony. Where mainstream media has lagged behind, social media has stepped in.
War is said to be too serious a business to be left to the
soldiers. By the same token, military history is too serious to be left to the
politicians. When politicians pontificate about the past it is rarely in the
disinterested pursuit of a complex truth.
extent, wittingly or otherwise, is the leader of Hizmet – a worldwide religious, social, and political
movement – part of a mechanism
aimed at destabilizing and perhaps overthrowing Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkish government?
Israel/Palestine, former combatants are using the Theatre of the Oppressed to
move towards an end to the occupation. Recently London theatre group Cardboard Citizens invited a former Israeli officer to
share his experience of making theatre for peace.
Corruption and inequality in the Palestinian territories are a significant factor behind public scepticism and cynicism about economic plans. Palestinians are well aware of corruption in business, and their negative views are exacerbated by socioeconomic divisions.