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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

From Land Day to the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, Palestinians have plenty to protest

The murderously disproportionate violence meted out against demonstrating Palestinians is only the latest in a long series of deadly responses to popular protests. 

The health catastrophe in Gaza: our double standards are killing Palestinians

The right to health is severely restricted for the residents of Gaza in a way that would be inconceivable if enacted in a different setting.

عندما يخذل الفلسطينيون أنفسهم

نحن أمام سقوط مدوّي لثقة الفلسطينيين بالأحزاب وبكونها جزءا من منظومة النضال الفلسطيني. كيف يمكننا تفسير ذلك؟

How Britain’s recognition of Israel violated its colonial “mandate” over Palestine

Britain’s undertakings from the government’s own archives, show a pride rooted in false promises of “one nation promising a second the land of a third”

Trump has dropped any pretence of the US as an ‘honest broker’ in the Middle-East

Support for BDS is now more important than ever.

‘Fake News!’: the view from Israel’s Occupation

Over the course of the last two decades, amidst the ascendance of nationalist extremism in Israel, the fraudulence charge has grown ever stronger among the Jewish right-wing public.

Gandhi, Palestine and zionism: a book review

In India it is the season for rediscovering Gandhi, and everyone from politicians to intellectuals are doing it in their own way.

Appropriation and de-politicization: the uncomfortable discussion on Umm Kulthum in Berlin

An open letter about intellectual and artistic spaces being used to quash a side of the debate, to delegitimize voices and valid criticism instead of engaging in much needed intellectual debates.

Conquering spaces of complicit amnesia in Jerusalem: portrait of two independent art institutions

A walk between two independent art institutions in the east and west of Jerusalem shows us how far society is still fractured in the city, and the role of art in conflict.

#Tech4Worse: The problem with digital labour initiatives for the Middle East

Contrary to their marketing, digital labor schemes don’t work in spite of predicaments like the occupation or the refugee crisis - they work because of them. 

Israel must be forced to end the occupation, or there will be no Palestinian state

The “peace process” is now a useful instrument for Israel to continue its occupation and settlement expansion.

East Jerusalem: How Israel is building a “time bomb”

If the Israeli authorities do not recognize the destructive ramifications of its own security rationale, it will not only harm Palestinians but Jewish-Israelis as well.

One more time with feeling, in Athens

Nick Cave's fearlessness in visiting darkness makes the light shine brighter.

Zionism, anti-semitism, and the Balfour Declaration

A complementarity between the anti-semitic desire to get rid of the Jews and the Zionist project of sending all Jews to Palestine seems ignored, for example, by Theresa May.

100 years after Balfour: the reality which still shames Israel

Two very different parts of Palestine highlight the injustice still inflicted on Arabs by Israel.

100 years later: getting beyond Balfour

The Balfour Declaration shows that sovereignty and security for one group of people can never be achieved at the expense of another.

The melancholy of the Palestinians: a heritage destroyed

Gaza's historical sites are under threat of destruction, but courageous young Gazan activists, archaeologists and historians are fighting to protect their heritage.

The decentralization of Palestinian national discourse

Recent developments on the ground are creating a localized Palestinian national discourse countering the threats that traditional political movements have failed to address.

Palestinian winemaking under occupation

The stories of two Palestinians reviving winemaking as a source of livelihood in Palestine and a reminder of the rich cultures and history that is often obscured by the conflict.

Endless strife: the Israel-Palestine conflict and the international media

Adaptation of a talk at the International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, Vienna, hosted by the UN Special Information Programme on the Question of Palestine, 5-6 October 2017.

Activism and political organising in academia: a conversation with Ilan Pappe

Maybe resistance over Palestine in academe is part of a larger project: the creation of a fundamental change in the way we do knowledge, and in the way we produce knowledge. A conversation.

The Israeli algorithm criminalizing Palestinians for online dissent

Israeli intelligence has developed a predictive policing system – a computer algorithm – that analyzes social media posts to identify Palestinian “suspects.”

Gaza border controls: frustration, despair and death

This summer how many people will drive, walk, or take a train and barely realise that they have crossed a border?  How many people will know about the 2 million residents of Gaza that don’t have that right?

Humanitarian crisis worsens in Gaza

The over 10 year-long blockade of Gaza is having a devastating impact on the lives of people living in the strip, affecting healthcare, water systems, and the ability to live and work.

“I am proud to keep resisting”: fighting the occupation in Hebron

Hazem Abu Rajab’s family was forcibly displaced from its home in Hebron’s old city by Israeli settlers.

Jerusalem: securing spaces in holy places

There are actors involved in all sides of this dispute who must now encourage enduring dialogue for conflict prevention. Jerusalem should remain the city of peace not conflict.

Letter from a recovering Team Syntegrity 2017 participant

"In this exercise, we were forced to sit side by side and face to face and discuss diverse issues reasonably, coherently, and cohesively. It was smart and it was intimate."

Gaza: ten years of economic blockade

Supporting BDS will hasten an end to the siege on Gaza and help lance a running sore in the Middle East and international relations. It deserves your support.

Gaza in transit: what after the GCC crisis?

No conflict in the Middle East spares the Palestinians, and the recent crisis in the GCC is no exception.

The vertical apartheid

Herewith, an edited version of the preface to Eyal Weizman's Hollow Land, published by Verso last month to mark the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Mental help: the story of Gaza’s trauma unit

Palestine has the highest rate of mental health disorders in the MENA region. Even though resources are limited, there are incredible people fighting for mental health in Gaza. 

The football kicking the players, on the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 war

What was truly ironic about the Arab legal case was that Arab representatives at the 1967 UNSC laid out the legal justification for what Israel did, beginning on June 5.   

Palestine: Imperial failures and their consequences

The Nakba, central to Palestinian nationhood as much as the Holocaust is for Jews and slavery is for African-Americans, is the living reminder of the profound injustice inflicted upon the Palestinians.

50 years of occupation will not kill hope for a free Palestine

On its 40th day, the mass hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners was suspended after an agreement was reached to allow two visits per month.

Trump in the Middle East: context and consequences

Trump’s regional approach to “peace” and stability and the new regional order, aims to ensure the normalcy of relations between Israel and its Arab neighbours, especially the wealthy ones.

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