Israel/Palestine

Enemy Alien

After the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government adopted a policy of singling out and deporting all deportable persons in the United States from Muslim and Arab countries. Caught up in this dragnet, Palestinian activist Farouk Abdel-Muhti was arrested and detained for two years before a court ordered his release.

On 9/11 and the War on "Terror": Names, Numbers and Events

Categories and names are often misleading, even for those of us who are often wary of the dominant rhetoric. As much as we want to escape it, dominant discourse is only there to shape our ideas and reactions, as is the case of the rhetoric surrounding 9/11; of good and evil, of war, liberation, and of spreading democracy.   Here, we write to challenge these slogans and policies hoping that one day they will go away.

Hunting the “Out-of-Place Muslim”

The Global War on Terror’s fixation on al-Qa‘ida as a roving band of "foreign fighters" allows the U.S. to claim that it is not fighting a war on Islam, but rather helping local Muslim populations rid themselves of narrow-minded interlopers  seeking to impose a puritanical brand of the religion.  This hunt for foreign fighters animates broader attempts to monitor and control Muslim diasporas outside the "west."  At the same time, the legal impunity of other foreign fighters – namely, U.S. forces and their contractors – is pushed into the background.

Pilgrimage

Reflections from a Journey Through Palestine

Who's Afraid of Uncle Sam?

Pakistan and the Question of Recognizing Israel

An Olive Tree Grows in South Hebron

The occupied village At-Tuwani is on the southern fringe of Hebron district and is slowly being eaten away by settlers that live on stolen adjacent lands. Zachary Wales recounts the story of At-Tuwani and in particular one of its residents, who is leading a personal struggle of resistance and fatherhood.

Dreaming the Ultimate Goal of Statehood

The documentary Goal Dreams chronicles the challenges as well as tremendous effort and will of a Palestinian football team to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. The players and the obstacles they face can be associated with the Palestinian political struggle for freedom and statehood.

Wedding and War in Galilee

A view of the emerging India-Israel-US axis, from a wedding in Palestine with Israeli helicopters whirring above, to Indian towns filled with Israeli soldiers looking for Shanti, to deportations and surveillance in the U.S.

Slaughterhouse Gaza

Israel's latest attack on Gaza is part of a larger historical pattern of abuses based in hegemony, land theft, punishment and encampment of Palestinians, racist policies, aggression and paranoia and a bogus 'peace process' similar to American treaties with Native Americans.

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