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دونالد ترامب والصراع في فلسطين

إزاء تصريحات الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترمب حول الحل المنشود للصراع، خاصة خلال زيارة رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي الأخيرة للولايات المتحدة، قامت جوقة كبيرة في معظم وسائل الإعلام الرئيسية في الولايات المتحدة وفي عدد من الدول في أوروبا أيضا، بانتقاد الرئيس ترمب وشجب تصريحاته نظرا لأنهم فهموا منها أنه تخلى عن حل الدولتين. وأشار ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (18 February)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Discusses Israeli Land Grab Law with BBC World

On 6 February 2017, the Israeli Knesset passed the Validation Bill which retroactively sanctions the status of nearly 4,000 illegal structures built on private Palestinian land. While all settlements contravene international humanitarian law’s prohibition on the transfer of civilians into occupied territory, these ...  Read More »

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Protesting the Modern Language Association's Anti-Boycott Resolution

[This statement was originally published on 30 January 2017. The initial signatories are Modern Language Assocation (MLA) prize winners, current Delegate Assembly members, and past Executive Council members and MLA presidents. The petition is now open to all active and past members of the MLA; for more information, or ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (February 3)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.]  The ...  Read More »

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العدالة الدولية في القدس: الأفق والمعوقات

تخرق إسرائيل منذ احتلالها القدس الشرقية، القانون الدولي يومياً عبر ضم هذا الجزء من المدينة وإعلان القدس عاصمة موحدة لها، ثم اتخاذ سلسلة من الإجراءات التي تسببت بإبعاد آلاف المقدسيين عن المدينة لإحداث تغيير ديموغرافي، ومصادرة المنازل والعقارات للغاية ذاتها. تسعى هذه المقالة لاستطلاع أفق ومعوقات وصول الفلسطينيين في ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (January 27)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (January 20)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The ...  Read More »

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The Modern Language Association and the 2017 Vote on the Academic Boycott of Israel

Ten years ago no academic association in the United States, with the possible exception of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), would have been motivated to make public statements critical of Israel. Over the last decade, many members of associations across the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences ...  Read More »

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مؤسسات القدس الفلسطينية: حصار تمويلي وعجز السلطة والمنظمة

وصلت المؤسسات الفلسطينية في القدس، منذ توقيع اتفاق أوسلو وبسببه، إلى مرحلة أصبحت فيها المؤسسات التي تمكنت من الصمود، أمام واقع لا يمكن مواجهته: إسرائيل تضع ثقلها كله خلف سياسة تهويد المدينة وإبعاد سكانها الفلسطينيين، بينما السلطة الفلسطينية ومنظمة التحرير لا تبذلان الجهد الكافي لمواجهة سياسات الحكومات ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (January 14)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The ...  Read More »

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قرار اليونسكو بشأن القدس يزيل الغطاء القانوني عن مزاعم الاحتلال

حسم الفلسطينيون في هذه المرحلة، معركة الرواية التي استمرت عقوداً مع إسرائيل بشأن هوية القدس وأماكنها المقدسة، بعدما صوتت منظمة "اليونسكو" لمصلحة مشروع قرار يؤكد أن المسجد الأقصى هو موقع إسلامي، غير أن حسم المعركة مرحلياً لا يعني أن الأمر انتهى، إذ يمكن لإسرائيل، التي سارعت إلى الرد بمنطق القوة على قوة الحق ...  Read More »

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In Keeping with Conservative History, MLA Votes Down Resolution to Boycott Israeli Institutions

[This statement was released by MLA Members for Justice in Palestine on 9 January 2017.] At the annual convention of the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association (MLA), a resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions for their involvement in violations of ...  Read More »

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The MLA and BDS—or, Comedy and Resistance

This weekend, the Modern Language Association's (MLA) Delegate Assembly voted against a detailed, closely-argued, and voluminously documented resolution to support the boycott of Israeli academic institutions (79 for, 113 against). A few minutes later, the same body proceeded to pass a brief, four-paragraph ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (January 7)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The ...  Read More »

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'The Right Not to Be a Perpetrator': In Support of BDS

[The following is an extract from an essay in the forthcoming anthology Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production (eds. Kareem Estefan, Carin Kuoni, Laura Raicovich: OR Books, 2017). The Modern Language Association (MLA) will be voting on a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic ...  Read More »

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The MLA and the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

The Modern Language Association (MLA) will be voting on a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions at its upcoming convention, to be held 5-8 January 2017 in Philadelphia. This short documentary makes the case for MLA members to vote in support of the resolution. The video includes interviews ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Vincent Lemire, Jérusalem 1900. La ville sainte à l'âge des possibles

Vincent Lemire, Jérusalem 1900. La ville sainte à l'âge des possibles. Paris: Points-Seuil, 2016. Jadaliyya (J) : Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait écrire ce livre? Vincent Lemire (V.L.): La réédition de Jérusalem 1900 en format poche (Points-Seuil, septembre 2016) récompense le succès de la première édition (Armand ...  Read More »

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BDS Is Professional Solidarity

[This article first appeared on the author’s blog. The Modern Language Association (MLA) will be voting on a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions at its upcoming convention, to be held 5-8 January 2017 in Philadelphia.] I endorse BDS as a strategy because it is one of the very few ways to ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (January 1)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Tells MSNBC's Chris Hayes, We're Not Headed to an Apartheid Reality "We Have Been There"

On 28 December 2016, US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a comprehensive speech about the United States’ vision for a two state solution. Kerry’s address was remarkable for its candor: he insisted that settlements did not increase Israel’s security; he referred to Israel’s establishment as the Palestinian ...  Read More »

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سرقة الأقدار لحكايتنا

تنشط شركات دفن الموتى في هذا الوقت من العام وكأنها تربط غزو الخريف للأشجار بسرقة الأقدار لحكايتنا. فتعلق ملصقات دعاياتها محملة بعروضها المغرية وبطريقة ملفتة للأنظار، تذكرنا بما تحاول ذاكرتنا تجاهله.  ويحتد التنافس فيما بينها في تقديم خدماتها حول طرق الدفن المختلفة وتكاليفها التي تتفاوت أسعارها بحسب قدرة ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (December 2)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The ...  Read More »

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EU Differentiation and the Push for Peace in Israel-Palestine

[The following policy brief was written by High Lovatt and published by the European Council on Foreign Relations on 31 October 2016] EU Differentiation and the Push for Peace in Israel-Palestine Introduction Next year will mark the 50 year anniversary of Israel’s de facto annexation and prolonged ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (November 18)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (November 11)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Salim Yaqub, Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s

Salim Yaqub, Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s (Cornell University Press, 2016). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Salim Yaqub (SY): I wanted to continue my previous work on the history of US-Arab relations but to focus on an era I personally remembered. ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (November 4)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The ...  Read More »

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Media on Media Roundup (November 2)

In this week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup, the war of words over the push for a US-backed “no fly zone” in Syria continues as an extension of the war on the ground: Alternet scrutinizes mainstream media’s “high-octane push for war,” using the 2011 war in Libya as a lesson. Lebanon’s presidential nominee ...  Read More »

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رام الله المدينة... إلى أين؟

لماذا بحث رام الله؟  نظرة سريعة على التوسّع العمرانيّ الأفقيّ والعموديّ السريع لمدينة رام الله، و كذلك التزايد في عدد سكّانها (هي ومدينة البيرة، المدينة التوأم، وامتدادهما في بيتونيا)، يكشفان أنّ المحرّك لهذا النموّ تمركز في مقرّات مؤسّسات السلطة الفلسطينيّة في المدينة، وبحث الرأسمال الفلسطينيّ عن مجالات ربح ...  Read More »

Syrian Population Regression

Population: ~ 22.5 Million

2011:  5,800+ (killed)

2012:  60,000+ (killed) and 500,000+ (external refugees)

2013:  100,000+ (killed), 2,000,000+ (external refugees), and 8 million+ displaced

 

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Population: 22,517,750
GDP: $107.4 billion 
Unemployment: 8.3%; Youth Employment (ages 15-24): 19.1%
Internet Users: 4.469 million 
Exchange Rate: ~ 98.00 Syrian pounds per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate: 3.2% 
Military Expenditures: 5.9% of GDP (World Rank: 10)
Health Expenditures: 2.9% of GDP (World Rank: 180)
Population Growth Rate: 0.913% 
Age Structure: 0-14 years: 35.2%; 15-64 years: 61%; 65 years and over: 3.8%
Literacy: 79.6%
Religious Demographics: Sunni Muslim 74%; other Muslim (includes Alawite, Druze) 16%; Christian (various denominations) 10%
Ethnic Demographics: Arab 90.3%, Kurds, Armenians, and other 9.7%

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