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New Texts Out Now: Orit Bashkin, Impossible Exodus: Iraqi Jews in Israel

Orit Bashkin, Impossible Exodus: Iraqi Jews in Israel. Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and Cultures: Stanford University Press, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Orit Bashkin (OB): Impossible Exodus tells the story of 123,000 displaced Iraqi Jews who immigrated to ...  Read More »

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Visualizing Palestine: Justice Denied

For victims and survivors of the 2014 assault on Gaza, Israel’s own military courts are the only place to seek legal recourse. These courts do not offer a genuine avenue for justice to Palestinians.  Of the 500 Palestinian complaints which were filed with Israeli military courts in relation to the 2014 Gaza war, ...  Read More »

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Visualizing Palestine: #NoAccountability

In July 2014, Israel began a military assault on the Gaza Strip, including an indiscriminate bombing campaign and a brutal ground invasion. In total, the assault killed 1,545 Palestinian civilians, including 556 children, and made 11,166 families homeless. Three years on, no justice has been attained for victims and ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Toufic Haddad, Palestine Ltd.: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory

Toufic Haddad, Palestine Ltd.: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory.  London: I.B. Tauris and Center for Palestine Studies, London Middle East Institute, 2016.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Toufic Haddad (TH): I wrote this book because I wanted to research the ...  Read More »

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Visualizing Palestine: Residency Revocation

Since 1967, Israel has revoked the residency status of more than 14,500 Palestinians from Jerusalem. Revocation of residency leads to forcible transfer, a war crime under the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court and a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention.  After Israel’s illegal annexation of ...  Read More »

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Visualizing Jerusalem: Anatomy of Inequality

Visualizing Palestine presents Anatomy of Inequality, our latest visual in a series exploring Israeli policies on Jerusalem. This original VP illustration, inspired by the commonly held sentiment that Jerusalem is at the heart of Palestine, makes visual reference to anatomical drawings of the heart. The ...  Read More »

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Visualizing Palestine: 50+ Years of Occupation

5 June 2017 marked 50 years of Israel’s occupation, a sobering milestone. The word "occupation" is typically used to describe Israel’s ongoing military rule over the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem since 1967, but the story of Israeli colonialism and occupation is much broader. In its short ...  Read More »

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Making Sense of Jerusalem, Gaza, and Anti-BDS Legislation in the United States

The past two weeks have been filled with a flurry of news and developments concerning Palestine that have appeared in piecemeal fashion. As per usual, mainstream international and US media have portrayed events in Jerusalem and Gaza, as well as legislation in the United States, as isolated incidents lacking context. ...  Read More »

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A Few Thoughts on Leaving Academe

Next week, I will depart Beirut and return to the DC area. I’m grateful to the students and friends who made our time in Lebanon so rewarding. We’ll remember this period with great fondness. My son grew from a toddler into a little boy in Beirut. His first memories are registered at AUB. Despite applying to ...  Read More »

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تقرير: خمسون عاماً على احتلال القدس الشرقية: سياسات القضم والإبعاد والتهويد تتواصل

بعد مرور 50 عاماً على الاحتلال الإسرائيلي لمدينة القدس الشرقية، باتت مساحتها تتقلص أكثر فأكثر لحساب المستعمرات، إلاّ إن عدد الفلسطينيين يزداد على نحو يؤشر إلى فشل سياسات التهويد الإسرائيلية. مع بداية الاحتلال الإسرائيلي للقدس الشرقية في سنة 1967 كان عدد سكانها بشطرَيها الشرقي والغربي 266,300 نسمة تقريباً، يشكل ...  Read More »

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The United Nations and Palestine: Biased?

It is common currency to accuse the United Nations (UN) of harboring an inveterate anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian bias. Israel, so the claim goes, is consistently held to a higher standard than other states that manage to escape the world body’s scrutiny despite their abysmal records, and is consistently condemned by ...  Read More »

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الهَدم والبناء الاستعماري في الجولان

افتتاحية في السابع من أيلول من العام المُنصرم، داهمت سلطات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي قرية مجدل شمس السورية، ونفّذت أمام أعين عشرات السكّان، مُستخدمةً جرّافاتها الثقيلة، أمر هدم منزل السيّد بسام جميل إبراهيم وزوجته داليا بدعوى تشييده دون ترخيص بناء، معلنةً بذلك نيّتها عن هدم عشرات المنازل التابعة للسكان السوريين في قرى ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Mazen Masri, The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State

Mazen Masri, The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State. London: Bloomsbury Professional, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mazen Masri (MM): The question of the book–Israel’s definition as a Jewish and democratic state–is one that I have been ...  Read More »

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تركيع حماس لن ينهي الاحتلال

  لا أخفي سرا بالقول انني اختلف مع حركة حماس منذ التأسيس، اختلفت مع ارتباطها الإخواني، وترسيم الصراع ضد الاحتلال الصهيوني على قاعدة دينية (لست مع تديين السياسة)، ولاحقاً اختلفت مع حماس "نظام الحكم" الذي اختار محاور ينتمي إليها، محاور تستغل القضية الفلسطينية لتمرير سياسات تُبعد فلسطين عن مرمى التحرير ...  Read More »

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Fifty Years of Occupation: A Forum

This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which culminated in the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights, among other transformations of regional politics. The post-1967 occupation and its consequences continue to structure the ...  Read More »

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Familiar Ruptures and Opportunities, 1967 and 2017

The 1967 war was a fundamental, damning failure for the Arab world. In the course of six short days, Israel expanded its jurisdiction across the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula and the Syrian Golan Heights, as well as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. For nineteen years, Arab states had regarded Israel as a foreign colony ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Irene Gendzier, Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, & the Foundations of US Policy in the Middle East

Irene Gendzier, Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, & the Foundations of US Policy in the Middle East. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Irene Gendzier (IG): The desire to make sense of US policy in the Middle East, and particularly, US policy toward ...  Read More »

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The 1967 June War and the Palestinian National Movement

The June 1967 war did not create the contemporary Palestinian national movement, but did establish the conditions for its meteoric rise and ability to wrest custodianship of the Question of Palestine from the Arab states. This development has had far-reaching consequences to this day. From the conclusion of the ...  Read More »

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التقية والتوقيت في أداء حماس غير المقروء

التقية في اللغة يراد بها الحذر ، وأهل السنة اعتبروها رخصة عند الضرورة ، وهل من ضرورة/أزمة، أكثر من هذه المرحلة التي تمر بها حركة حماس وحكمها لقطاع غزة؟ الوثيقة التقية: شخصياً لم أر في الوثيقة أكثر من بيان صحفي أو إعلان مبادئ، لا يجُب (يلغي) الميثاق التأسيسي للحركة، بل مبادئ أبقت الباب موارباً على كل التفسيرات ...  Read More »

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Challenging Knowledge Production in the British Academy: Who Can Speak on Palestine?

Earlier this month, a British university hosted a conference on the fiftieth anniversary of the Israeli occupation, one of many being organized this year. The conference sought to reflect on fifty years of the “longest standing military occupation in the world,” focusing on “its implications not just for ...  Read More »

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Palestine Media Roundup (May 29)

[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] The ...  Read More »

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نقل السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس قنبلة موقوتة

ربما أرجأ الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب، قليلاً، نقل السفارة الأميركية من تل أبيب إلى القدس، غير أن هذا الموضوع يبقى قنبلة موقوتة في العلاقة الفلسطينية ـ الأميركية الهشة أصلاً. تنبه الفلسطينيون إلى مخاطر هذه القضية مع الفوز المفاجيء لترامب في الإنتخابات الرئاسية فسارعوا لمحاولة التواصل مع طاقمه ولكن من دون ...  Read More »

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When I Failed to Say Farewell to You…

It was winter and my Berlin nights were crowded with people yet full of loneliness. I don’t know what year it was. Maybe 2008. I was working as a journalist and producer for a German television station in Berlin.  My schedule used to vary from week to week. I would sometimes start early in the morning and other ...  Read More »

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كونيتشيوا، يا نكبتي الخاصة

"ماما، أريد كرة أرضية مثل التي اشترتها والدة إلياس له في عيد ميلاده!". سُررت لطلب ابني في سري لأنه بدأ يهتم بالجغرافيا قبل أن يدخل المدرسة، وبدأت البحث عما يناسب عمره، فعثرت على كرة متحدثة. وفاجأته: "أنظر يا حبيبي، وجدت كرة أرضية خرافية! تلعب بها بالقلم الإلكتروني، فيقول لك القلم اسم البلد ...  Read More »

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أرض السفارة الأميركية في القدس: المُلكية العربية والمأزق الأميركي

عادت مسألة نقل السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس المحتلة إلى صدارة الحدث الفلسطيني، بعدما أعلن الرئيس الأميركي المنتخب دونالد ترامب، خلال الحملة الانتخابية، نيّته نقل السفارة الأميركية من تل أبيب إلى القدس، باعتبارها "العاصمة الموحدة لإسرائيل"، وهو أمر أكّده مستشاروه بعد إعلان فوزه في الانتخابات وتشكيل طاقم ...  Read More »

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إسرائيل الثقافة

  كتب فيليب روث، في "شكوى بورتنوي"، إن إسرائيل منفى اليهود. وبمقارنةٍ لا تستقيم هنا (لعل مردّها هو التكرار الغريب لمقولات تلحّ على تخوين الأكراد ووصمهم بالانفصالية وتشبيه أحلامهم في دولة مستقلة بأحلام الإسرائيليين بأرض الميعاد، والربط الملغوم بين الموساد وكردستان) رأى صديق أن كردستان العراق قد تكون ...  Read More »

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The Palestinian Litmus Test

After three years of unprecedentedly open debate, the membership of the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) membership is finally voting on the Palestinian call to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Voting continues through May. Unlike other organizations that have considered the issue, however, the ...  Read More »

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أن لا يعود للحارس ما يحرسه: كيف تهدد مقاومة «إسرائيل» وجود السلطة الفلسطينية

مشدوهين، شاهد الكثيرون عناصر أمن السلطة الفلسطينية وهي تضرب محمود الأعرج، والد الشهيد باسل الأعرج، في رام الله أمام المحكمة التي كان من المفترض أن تعقد في ذلك اليوم جلسة لمحاكمة باسل وخمسة من رفاقه بتهمة حيازة أسلحة «دون الحصول على التراخيص اللازمة (..) بهدف زعزعة الأمن والاستقرار العام». بين ذراعي والد الشهيد، كان ...  Read More »

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"Born Again" in Deir Nidham: Against the Illegal Military Occupation, from a Black-American Prophetic Christian Perspective

Tactics of Racial Supremacy We had just left Ofer Prison. My work as a scholar-activist, committed to Palestinian justice, placed me there. We had been journeying all day with two of our Israel-based colleagues who specialize in advocating justice within a profoundly unjust Israeli carceral system. The detention ...  Read More »

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Israel, Palestine, and the Poetics of Genocide

“Genocide” evokes crematoria, mountains of skulls, and mass graves. It is what the Nazis did to the Jews of Europe, what the Khmer Rouge did to fellow Cambodians, what Hutu nationalists did to Tutsis in Rwanda. The term, like the practices of death and social destruction to which it refers, is odious. Charging ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya’s Turkey Page features exclusive and in-depth coverage by contributors on the ground in Turkey as well as outside observers, from a wide range of perspectives. We aim to enrich the coverage of Turkey throughout the English-language media, to generate new critical conversations, and to translate work being published in Turkish for an English-language audience. We welcome submissions in both English and Turkish. If you wish to contribute to this page, send your material to or click below:




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Population (2016 est.): 80,274,604
Government: Republican Parliamentary Democracy
Year of independence: 1923
GDP: $856.8 billion (2016 est.); $1.698 trillion (2016 est., purchasing power parity)
Unemployment: 10.9% (2016 est.); Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 24.5% (est. Jan 2017)
Internet Users: 53.7% - 42.681 million (July 2015 est.)
Exchange Rate: ~ 3.5 Turkish lira per US dollar (2016 est.)
GDP Growth Rate: 2.9% (2016 est.)
Military Expenditures: 1.69% of GDP (2016) (World Rank: 35)
Health Expenditures: 5.4% of GDP (2014) (World Rank: 103)
Population Growth Rate: 5.4% of GDP (2014)
Age Structure: 0-14 years: 25.08% (male 10,303,153/female 9,833,713); 15-24 years: 16.11% (male 6,605,634/female 6,329,921); 25-54 years: 43.15% (male 17,541,137/female 17,094,141); 55-64 years: 8.36% (male 3,335,021/female 3,374,965); 65 years and over: 7.3% (male 2,603,655/female 3,253,264) (2016 est.)
Literacy: 95% (Male: 98.4%; Female: 91.8% [2015 est.])
Religious Demographics: Sunni Muslim 80-85%; Alevi Muslim 15-20%; Christian (various denominations) 0.13%; Jewish 0.03%
Ethnic Demographics: Turks 80%, Kurds 18%, Arabs 1.4%, Armenians 0.1%, and other (Assyrian, Greek Orthodox, Georgian, Circassian) 0.5%
Languages: Turkish, Kurdish, Zaza, Arabic, Armenian, Greek, Albanian, Neo-Aramaic Laz, Ladino
Area: 301,159 square miles

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