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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The Palestinian Museum: imperilled objects and unsafe ideas

Palestine’s first National Museum opens today in the West Bank - a “cultural mothership” drawing together pieces from a scattered and censored Palestinian history.

Resistance and hope

The village of Nabi Saleh is a story of resistance in the face of theft and violence. Rawabi encapsulates the vision of a neo-liberal pacified Palestine. And then there is Gaza…

A response to Norman Finkelstein’s interview

Even in its most reactionary form, Zionism before the second world war was one of the voices of oppressed Jews facing the growth of violent anti Semitism as a mass movement everywhere.

The Labour Party, Israel, and antisemitism

The key question, given that antisemitism along with other forms of racism has had a continuing presence in British political life, is why now? Much hangs on this.                                                                                     

Why I am an anti-Zionist Jew

The Israeli government deliberately invokes terrorist attacks, rockets, and scary brown men in headscarfs to stoke the population's fear, but I am scared of the racism Zionists use to justify the occupation. Originally published August 2014.

Shifty antisemitism wars

Convened by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Global Forum for Combatting Antisemitism has become a strategizing opportunity on how best to thwart a growing BDS campaign.

Politics, racism and Israel/Palestine

If we need to be vigilant against the evil of antisemitism, we need to be equally vigilant against the kind of virulent racism which is gaining ground in Israel.

"Economic peace" for Palestine?

By all means, give the Palestinians development aid. But let us not delude ourselves that this will facilitate a two-state solution anytime soon. Norsk

'We'll burn you like we burned the Dawabshehs' - life as a video activist in Hebron

The video camera allowed us to document attacks. The whole family started to film, and much of the neighbourhood. As Palestinians, we try to do things and speak for ourselves.

Defeating Israel

Mohammed Al Qiq has recently ended a record 94-day hunger strike protesting his so-called administrative detention, a procedure Israel uses disproportionately against Palestinians, holding them without charges or due process.


Palestinians must agree on a unity deal – now more than ever

After several failed reconciliation attempts, it is little wonder that Palestinians did not hold their breath when representatives from Fatah and Hamas met in Doha recently.

On Israel flattening Beirut: there is nothing new under the sun

The infamous Haaretz op-ed restates an 11-year-old thesis known as the "Dahiya Doctrine," developed and implemented during the 2006 Lebanon War and the 2014 Gaza assault.

Window on the Middle East – February 7, 2016

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East.

Peace: a meaningless concept?

Netanyahu and suicide bombers represent two sides of the same coin; both lethal and unstoppable.

An intimate intifada

Recognizing and understanding Palestinian women’s unprecedented engagement in the latest wave of violence in Israel and the West Bank is a small but important step in ending this new uprising.

Abu-Sakha’s Christmas

Six hundred Palestinians are currently being held in administrative detention by Israel. One of them is Abu-Sakha, a teacher at the Palestinian Circus School.

Israel Firsters

For the past few months Israelis and Palestinians have experienced a wave of terrorist attacks mainly on civilian targets. Peace education may have an answer.

Exceptional Israel: the case for BDS

case for BDS by other means.

No peace and quiet for Israel until the occupation ends

Palestinian activists are faced with knowing that their unarmed resistance, whilst it has attracted international civil society support, has failed to exercise any leverage over Israel.

The thinking behind a mental health workers pledge for Palestine

Concerned professionals may need to move beyond their accustomed professional roles to support a genuine transformation in Israel and occupied Palestine that respects the human needs and rights of all who live there.

Gaza: walking ‘eyes wide open’ into another war

The ramping up of air strikes in Gaza combined with a humanitarian crisis compounded by a stalled reconstruction effort following last summer’s war, should compel us all into a heightened state of activism using BDS.

Israeli self-inflicted hate culture

A settler screaming at an injured Palestinian child, a racist mob lynching an Eritrean, and the killing of a Jewish Israeli mistaken for a Palestinian are manifestations of a culture of hate.

A new Palestinian leader for a new intifada?

A former political advisor to Hamas insists it's still too early to call a third intifada, but says it will grow into one as a new young leadership emerges.

Palestinians must not fall into this trap, again!

To cover up its crimes, Israel needs to feed all the western stereotypes of Palestinians as violent and subhuman rather than hungry for freedom and equal rights.

Inter alia - a thought

For now, Israel is too powerful. An uprising may assert the right to life, land, and dignity. But it will not change the brutal facts on the ground.

The idea of Jewish anti-semitism and recuperating the ‘Semites’

What if the label of ‘Semite’ were to be readopted by Arabs and Muslims as part of their identity-formation, so that any antisemitism would also include them?

To speak about Jews and Palestinians, we need a non-racist space for criticism

Contrapuntal reading is a way of listening to the plurality of voices of Jews and Palestinians, of seeing cultural identities not as essentialisations, but as mixed ensembles constituted with and through the Other.

Anti-Semitism in Muslim communities and Islamophobia in the context of the Gaza War 2014: Austria and Germany

There are significantly different motivations among Muslims with Palestinian, Lebanese or Turkish backgrounds. However, the experience of marginalisation and discrimination is a major element in the construction of identity.

Administrative detention and Israel's moral imperative

A review of Israel’s detention policy reveals it to be outrageous, convoluted, and self-defeating.

Varieties of ‘Islamophobia’ and its targets

The presence of growing Muslim populations in Europe at the same time as the rise of political Islam and the inception of Israel, was largely a legacy of twentieth century colonial history.

Security theology: life, death and the everyday in Israel-Palestine

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian spoke to Zoe Holman in the West Bank about Israeli settler-colonialism, a necropolitical regime, and her latest book, Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear.  

Better to be a dog than a Bedouin

The demolition of Umm Al Hiran and displacement of its Bedouin residents is the beginning of the Prawer Plan under another name.

How Israeli impunity threatens Palestinian children

Israel should ensure justice for the murders of Ali and Saad Dawabshe, but its policies must fundamentally change if other Palestinian children are to have a future.

Recolonising international law: Israel’s naval blockade against Gaza

Israel invokes the privileges of engaging in international armed conflict but denies Palestinians their corresponding entitlements under the same body of law. This is the colonial nature of Israel’s legal logic.

One year after the war: Gaza’s lost hopes

A letter from Gaza, describing the impossibility of getting back to 'normal' one year after the war. Real change is needed before it is too late.

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