Tag: BDS

Walter Benjamin in Palestine

“The law which is studied but no longer practiced is the gate to justice. The gate to justice is study.” — Walter Benjamin, “Franz Kafka.”1 Walter Benjamin never did go to Palestine. Despite frequent invitations from his friend Gershom Scholem, who emigrated there in 1925, and despite the rapidly deteriorating situation for European Jews in…

Lessons from Gaza: Human Rights (2009/2014)

Gaza represents much more than a metaphor for other ongoing struggles. According to UN Human Rights High Commissioner, Navi Pillay, “there appears to be a deliberate defiance on the part of Israel in complying with its international obligations. We should not allow this kind of impunity. We should not allow this to go uninvestigated, or…

Bodies, Buses, and Permits: Palestinians Navigating Care

In May 2013, I traveled to Palestine for six months to collect data for a research project that examines the cultural and visual productions of natalist images, including pregnancy and birth. During the time I spent traveling throughout the West Bank and Israel, I took account of the various modes of (re)production of Palestinian women’s…

It is our belief that Palestine is a feminist issue ….

So long as antiwar activists denounce the U.S. occupation of Iraq, but not Israel’s occupation of Palestine, I will keep drawing the parallels.  So long as Western feminists denounce the oppression of Arab women as a result of Islamic fundamentalism, but not as a result of Israeli occupation, I will raise my voice.  I will…

Palestinian Feminist Critique and the Physics of Power: Feminists Between Thought and Practice

Part of a special section in Vol 4 No 1 of Feminists@law whose authors argue for a feminist politics of solidarity that is truly emancipatory in its aspirations. The Palestinian woman in the Jewish state is a woman who confronts and defies bio-political, geopolitical and necropolitical Zionist settler colonialism, as well as socio-patriarchal oppression. The various…

Debating BDS (Boy­cott, Divest­ment, Sanc­tions): Fraser v UCU

On March 22nd, 2013 the Employment Tribunal (UK-London) rendered judgment in the case of Fraser v University & College Union (UCU). Ruling in favour of UCU, the Tribunal’s judgment brought immense relief to UCU members, BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activists, and others who were anxious about the potential repercussions that a negative outcome might have for…