Tag: Palestine

Law and Coloniality: An Interview with Brenna Bhandar

English version of interview with Brenna Bhandar* by Olivier Chassaing, translated by Chayma Drira for Période, the French online journal of Marxist theory, available here. Olivier Chassaing (‘OC’): By studying law, one can explore how capitalist societies rest upon and strengthen different social hierarchies: class, gender, race dominations, as well as persisting colonial structures and…

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…

Three Questions for Hamas

There is no doubt that Hamas has exhibited extraordinary resilience under the most difficult of conditions that have bedeviled its period of political leadership in the Gaza Strip that started in 2007. It also seems clear as persuasively argued by Sandy Tolan in a valuable Common Dreams article [Tolan, “Blown Chances in Gaza: Israel &…

Civilians, Combatants, and Histories of International Law

In Gaza and elsewhere, those who politically support anti-​occupation politics are easily cast as un-​civilian.In the media coverage of war, whether reports on individual incidents or the numbing tallies of casualties, the distinction between civilians and combatants is central and frequently contested. The killing of the four boys who had been playing soccer on a…

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…

# Palestine /// Law as a Colonial Weapon: Review of ‘The Law in these Parts’ by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz

For me, these laws do not exist; they are meaningless — Bassem Tamimi (Palestinian activist)[vimeo 51930783  w=600&h=350] I recently watched Israeli director Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s fim, The Law in These Parts, which unfolds the legal mechanisms of the occupation of the Palestinian territories (West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem) since their take over by the Israeli Defense Forces in 1967.…

Palestinian Family Unification in Israel: The Limits of Litigation as Means of Resistance

In Israel and elsewhere, res­ist­ance to hege­monic power can never limit itself to the law and legal chan­nels.At the end of March 2002, Eli Yishai, then the Israeli Minister of Internal Affairs, decided that all requests for family unifications submitted by Palestinian citizens of Israel married to Palestinians from the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) would…

Against Colonial Rubbishing

Alwy Fadhel "Psychosis" | www.therefugeeartporject.com

Exterm­in­at­ing people by ‘rub­bish­ing them’ is always less dra­matic than when it is done through mas­sacres. As my facebook friends know, I take my status updates seriously. This does not mean that I only treat serious topics, or that I take myself overly seriously. Indeed I can be very frivolous and I always maintain a…

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…

Why Israel Desires to be Hated by Palestinians

Yet another massacre is unfolding in Gaza, the largest prison in the world.* We are surrounded by familiar chatter: ‘Israel’s right to defend itself’; ‘Palestinians’ legitimate resistance to (the 1967) occupation’; ‘who started it this time?’ Most insidious, however, is the stale refrain, sung by a chorus which includes President Obama, that the violence is disastrous…

The Children of Gaza Have Names

I wake up in the middle of the night to go check on my child. She breathes, she makes little sleep-noises. I leave the room. Again, half-an hour later I go back to check if she is alright. If she still breathes. I go back again and again through the night because instead of sleeping…

The Bombs that Blast Gaza: A View from the Ground

November 15, 2012 Gaza. As I begin to write this piece my computer falls from my hands to the floor as a bomb drops meters from the Abousalama family home in Saftawi neighborhood, Gaza, Palestine. I have grown accustom to the loud blast of bombs being dropped around two kilometers from our family home this…