Professor Shibley Telhami articulates the path that the 1967 war set for the Palestinians and why it has been enormously challenging for them to overcome even after 50 years of occupation. The lecture ties the current state of affairs to the diplomatic efforts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict proposed by the Trump administration.
This fascinating memoir begins with vignettes about the displacement of Ameri’s family during the 1948 Nakba and their enforced migration from west Jerusalem, to Damascus, to east Jerusalem, to finally settling in Amman. The later stories focus on her gradual coming of age in the 1950s and 1960s during the era of Arab nationalism and international solidarity that take her from Amman to Cairo and then Beirut.
The Palestinian cause today has in some respects reverted to where it stood before the 1967 War. It is worth retracing this trajectory to understand how we reached the current situation, and derive insights on where to go from here.
On June 5, 1967, I was a student at the American University of Beirut majoring in English literature. That morning, I woke early to finish a research paper on James Joyce’s Ulysses. As had been my habit, I turned on the BBC News. I discovered, to my horror, that war had broken out back home.
Late last year, the California State University at Fresno began soliciting applicants for a newly created Edward Said Professorship in Middle East Studies, a teaching role named after the late Palestinian-American public intellectual. In a job posting, the school described the role as a ‘tenure-track, academic-year position’ teaching courses on the Middle East and helping develop the school curriculum on the region. Last week, however, after months of evaluating candidates, Fresno State abruptly announced that it would not be filling the role this year.
The Palestinian artist Emily Jacir has launched a crowdfunding campaign to transform her family’s historic 19th-century home in the West Bank into an independent exhibition space and community art center.
In most news accounts, refugees are just cold numbers calculated in the thousands or millions, not real people with faces, names and life stories ripped asunder by war.The faces of refugees are emerging from the statistics through the work of artists in the D.C. area and across the world who are protesting injustice on numerous fronts, ranging from the many controversies triggered by the Trump administration to human rights abuses by totalitarian regimes.