Category Archives: Palestine

Plunder and erasure – Israel’s control over Palestinian archives

“The essay discusses one characteristic of colonial archives – how the ruling state plunders/loots the colonized archives and treasures and controls them in its colonial archives – erasing them from the public sphere by repressive means, censors and restricts their exposure and use, alters their original identity, regulates their contents and subjugates them to colonizer’s laws, rules and terminology. It focuses on two archives plundered by Israel in Beirut in 1980s: the Palestine Research Center and archive of Palestinian films. The essay continues my earlier research on Palestinian visual (and other) archives taken as booty or looted by pre-state Jewish military organizations and soldiers or civilians in the first half of the twentieth century, especially during the Nakba (the Palestinian catastrophe, 1948), and later by Israel’s military bodies. It analyzes the plunder itself while focusing on the power relations reflected toward the hybrid gazes of the colonizer and the colonized and discusses colonial features of military archives holding and controlling seized materials. While colonial museums have been largely discussed, and also archives holding colonial history, this is one of the first essays to discuss features of colonial archives holding plundered archives/material.”

Rona Sela (2017): The Genealogy of Colonial Plunder and Erasure – Israel’s Control over Palestinian Archives, Social Semiotics, DOI: 10.1080/10350330.2017.1291140

To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2017.1291140

Published online: 03 Mar 2017.

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Event. URGENT CALL – Rally for Al-Quds-Palestine • Toronto: Saturday, July 29

The situation in Jerusalem/ Al-Quds, in Gaza, in Palestine is very grave and only getting worse. The relentless brutality against Palestinians and the latest aggression in Al-Quds are in total defiance to international laws and United Nations resolutions.

This Saturday (July 29), we take to the streets to show our outrage at the failure of the Canadian government to speak out and to let people know things are not OK as media might portray. Most importantly, we show oppressed and heroic Palestinians fighting with their lives that they are not alone. They need to see our support.

We must speak up! Silence is not an option!

United For Palestine
Palestine United
Al-Quds United

Saturday • July 29 • 3 to 5 pm

Across from the Israeli Consulate
At Queen’s Park & Bloor St. at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Placards & Banners provided; bring Palestinian flags.

End the occupation, apartheid, colonization, genocide, oppression and ethnocracy.

#UnitedForPalestine#SaveAlQuds#FreePalestine#FreeGaza

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Cowardice asks the question – is it safe? Expediency asks the question – is it politic? Vanity asks the question – is it popular? But conscience asks the question – is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right” – Sounds like Palestine!

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How imperial Britain promoted religion to stymie Palestinian nationalism

By SARAH IRVING*

Islam Under the Palestine Mandate: Colonialism and the Supreme Muslim Council, Nicholas E. Roberts, I.B.Tauris (2017)

In the dangerous and inaccurate popular narratives on Palestine, religion – a black-and-white tale of Islam versus Judaism – is often given priority of importance. Religious identities are taken as the simple, unquestioned driving force behind the actions of Palestinians throughout history.

A closer look, of course, reveals the flaws in this image. During the Ottoman period, the people of Palestine might have been more likely to identify themselves in terms of their family, neighbourhood, city or profession, depending on which identity the situation called for at a particular time. Continue reading

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How Britain brought waterboarding to Palestine

British forces who served in Ireland during its war of independence were later sent to Palestine | National Library of Ireland/Flickr

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On the Causes of the 1967 Israeli-Arab War

Interview with Dr. Ismail Zayid, President, Canada Palestine Association, June 2007 by Tony Seed for Shunpiking Online

HALIFAX (5 June 2007) – THE 1967 war commenced forty years ago on June 5, 1967 by Israel against the Arab States carried in its wake an aftermath which became of great concern both to the Middle East and to the world at large: the military occupation by Israel of the West Bank of Jordan, the Sinai Desert and the southern heights of Syria; the expulsion or flight of over 250,000 Palestinian Arabs from their homes or refugee camps and the destruction of many more of their villages; the subjection to Israeli domination and oppression of nearly 3.5 million Palestine Arabs in the West Bank of Jordan and the Gaza Strip; the occupation of the Christian and the Islamic Holy Places and the attempted annexation of Jerusalem; the shattering of the economy of Egypt, Jordan and the occupied territories and finally the interruption of navigation through the Suez Canal.  Continue reading

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The cruel experiments of Israel’s arms industry

Palestinian protesters stand in a cloud of tear gas fired by Israeli forces during confrontations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem in October 2015 | Anne Paq ActiveStills

Palestinian protesters stand in a cloud of tear gas fired by Israeli forces during confrontations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem in October 2015 | Anne Paq ActiveStills

 

By Matt Kennard*

Ramallah (27 December 2016) – Round the back of Ramallah’s main hospital lies the house of Iyad Haddad, a 52-year-old human rights investigator. His home office is the shopfront of a decrepit building and at first glance it looks like a bric-a-brac shop. But the objects placed out on the tables are not household trinkets. The surfaces are, in fact, cluttered with spent ammunition, tear gas canisters, sponge bullets and shell casings. Continue reading

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December 29, 2016 · 5:07 am

The genocide of the Palestinian people: An international law and human rights perspective

2014.Gaza destruction

Center for Constitutional Rights, August 25, 2016

While there has been recent criticism of those taking the position that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians, there is a long history of human rights scholarship and legal analysis that supports the assertion. Prominent scholars of the international law crime of genocide and human rights authorities take the position that Israel’s policies toward the Palestinian people could constitute a form of genocide. Those policies range from the 1948 mass killing and displacement of Palestinians to a half-century of military occupation and, correspondingly, the discriminatory legal regime governing Palestinians, repeated military assaults on Gaza, and official Israeli statements expressly favouring the elimination of Palestinians. Continue reading

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