• July 20, 2017 |

    1492 Expulsion, Inquisition, Balfour Declaration and the European Question!

    The combination of the 1492 Expulsion and Inquisition of Muslims and Jews may seem out of place at a first glance when the Balfour Declaration is discussed and added to the list. For sure, all these three are monumental events, but while in the case of the Expulsion and Inquisition the consequences were immediate and…

    Colonialism Islamic Politics Muslim History Palestine
  • July 11, 2017 |

    From Granada to Guantanamo: The Torturing of the Muslim Subject

    Teaching a summer course on Muslim Decolonial Thought in Granada, Spain brought me again into contact with the history and consequences of the Inquisition and the Muslim and Jewish expulsion in 1492 and afterward. More to the point, a visit to the Inquisition Museum in Granada and the Torture Museum in Cordoba raised a series…

    Colonialism Islamic Thought Muslim History Palestine
  • June 23, 2017 |

    The Ottomans and the Loss of Jerusalem

    As we commemorate the anniversary of WWI and the Balfour Declaration, it is important to reflect on Ottoman history and their relationship to Jerusalem. The Ottomans represented the last cohesive Islamic political system to exercise unfettered governance over Jerusalem, and it was during their collapse that Palestine became occupied first by the British and then…

    Colonialism Muslim History Palestine Politics
  • June 9, 2017 |

    Commemoration: A Collective Narration of Palestine

    On June 5, 1967, Palestinians around the world marked the 50th anniversary of Naksah, which is commonly known as the Six Day War. Occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights were the immediate outcome of the war but the real impact is the total erasure of Palestine from the global map. In…

    Colonialism De-Colonial Palestine Politics
  • January 3, 2017 |

    Obama’s Abstention: A Positive Step But Too Little Too Late!

    The U.S.’s abstention on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 was a major surprise coming in the waning days of President Obama’s administration. Just a day earlier, the U.N. Security Council’s process was brought to a screeching halt after news of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi withdrawing Egypt’s own resolution following a phone conversation with President-elect Trump,…

    Palestine Politics
  • December 22, 2016 |

    Trump’s Appointment of David Friedman is the Official End of Oslo

    Trump’s appointment of David M. Friedman as the new ambassador to Israel brings an end to 70 years of U.S. official policy on Palestine centered on U.N. resolutions 181, 242 and 338 with a two-state solution as the final outcome. Official policy or not, it must be made clear that, in reality, successive U.S. administrations…

    Colonialism Palestine Politics
  • December 13, 2016 |

    Dismembering the Ottomans and Colonizing Palestine

    The Zionist colonizing project in Palestine was carried out over a long period and had various stages to it but it could not have been possible without the involvement of Great Britain, France and the United States at a later point. Many books, articles and materials relating to Palestine tend to begin the Palestinian dispossession…

    Colonialism Islamic Politics Palestine Politics
  • October 19, 2016 |

    Palestine: Toward a New Era!

    The current situation in Palestine is unsustainable for the Palestinians as the internal dynamics are a harbinger for an impending future crisis. First and foremost, let’s dispense of any notions or comments of a “peace process” since none has existed as far back as the year 2000, if not before. What has been underway is…

    Palestine Politics
  • September 21, 2016 |

    Checkpoints on Palestine in Academia

    The “suspension” followed by the “reinstatement” of Ethnic Studies 198, Palestine, a settler colonial analysis course by University of California, Berkeley Administration is paradigmatic of Palestine’s treatment in academia. Narrating Palestine in academia is subject to a maze of official and not so official control levers which regulate how the subject is approached. To a…

    Palestine Politics
  • August 24, 2016 |

    Ahmed Abu Ghosh’s Olympic Gold Medal and the Expulsion of Palestinians

    Ahmed Abu Ghosh won Jordan’s first ever Olympic gold medal by winning the men’s 68-kg taekwondo competition, which is a major achievement. However, Ahmed’s victory immediately elicited Israeli claims over him, especially with the fact that the Abu Ghosh family comes from the village with the same name in Israel. Here, Ahmed was entered into…

    Colonialism Palestine Race/Racism