Israel's recent 'update' on military investigations into civilian deaths in Gaza last November is an affirmation of its deficient institutional and legal practice,
with the result of continued impunity for its military and political officials.
In the face of growing spatial securitisation and colonisation of Hebron's occupied old city, a set of community initiatives have emerged which seek to build resilience, protect human rights, and counter the economic and social
decline of the area.
The author in his latest book, Dangerous Liaisons:
The Clash between Islamism and Zionism (2013), contends that the antagonism between
Islamism and Zionism in the west is a significant threat to integration and
social cohesion. More attention should be paid to this ethno-religious
political clash that has already seen its first proxy war
To protest against what they see as unjust exclusion, some Israeli citizens have given their vote to Palestinians who couldn't make their voices heard in the January 2013 elections. One of these activist citizens explains why his action could help Israel become a 'real' democracy.
Judith Butler pursues a similar path to Hannah Arendt in her
recent book Parting
Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism– making a series of
revised and extended contributions to the debate on Israeli state violence and
settler colonialism, in such a way that a flash of light may shine through the histories
and the memories.
Photo-essay: Sharing space in divided cities can take many shapes: from tense encounters and confrontations, to active cooperation and social relations. Here Yair Wallach of the Conflict in Cities and the Contested State research group examines Sheikh Jarrah, one of the flashpoints of confrontation in Israeli settlement expansion.
The proposed E1 settlement expansion into the West Bank, recently blocked by Palestinian protestors at the short-lived Bab Al-Shams camp, is likely to not only have serious consequences for a potential Palestinian state, but will also have a crucial bearing for the future of Palestinians in Jerusalem.
The recent international coverage of the Bab Al-Shams camp depicted the demonstrators as mirroring Israeli settler tactics by creating ‘facts on the ground’. Whilst the comparison is not unfounded, it fails to contextualize the broader politics of space operating in Palestinian struggles against Israeli occupation.
As of December 2012, there were over 4,000 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli custody. The year ended in frustration for many prisoners as interest in their plight has waned, both in the international media and in Palestinian society.
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