• 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
  • July 7, 2016 |

    Islamophobia: Israel’s Last Frontier to Rescue its Image!

    With Israel’s loss of international public standing due to its never-ending occupation and violence against the Palestinians, Israel’s spokespeople and operatives in the U.S. and Europe are jumping heads-over-heels into Islamophobia to reverse the trend. At present, Israel’s propaganda machine is so intensely Islamophobic and constantly working to demonize Palestinians by resorting to every orientalist…

    Colonialism Islamophobia Muslims in America Palestine Race/Racism
  • June 20, 2016 |

    El-Sissi: Israel’s Man in Cairo

    “El-Sissi leading a Churchillian fight against Hamas,” was The Times of Israel front-page headlines of March 1, 2015, which is an accurate and on point assessment of the declaration of war against the Gaza enclave and its current leadership, and illustrative of the changes under way in Egypt since the 2013 coup.   In the article,…

    Colonialism Muslim History Palestine Politics