Condition Critical presents key blog posts and analytical essays that explore everyday life in Israel, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza up close. All these stories depict the critical conditions of the decades-old wounds of colonization and occupation in which the Palestinian people live.
Our panelists discuss many questions about the foreign policy positions president-elect Donald Trump will make with regard to the Middle East and Palestine, while examining the widespread regional and global effects these shifts will bring.
Ben Ehrenreich discusses and shares passages from his recent book, The Way to the Spring, which chronicles what he witnessed and experienced while living in the West Bank from 2011 to 2015. During that time, he lived in different cities of the West Bank, staying with Palestinian families, and writing major stories for American outlets including a cover story for The New York Times Magazine. He was also gathering material for this book, which places readers in the footsteps of Palestinians.
Moien Odeh discusses the East Jerusalem neighborhoods behind the separation barrier where approximately 120,000 Palestinians reside. In these neighborhoods, the Palestinian Authority is not allowed to work because they are part of “Jerusalem”. Although located within the Jerusalem municipal boundaries, these neighborhoods receive almost no service from the Israeli Authorities, resulting in living conditions that would be unacceptable anywhere else.
In this panel we look at the conditions of Israel’s hegemony to consider future prospects. Panelists analyze the continuing reality of Israeli military occupation and incursions into Gaza, illegal settlements, intensified domination of Jerusalem, and detentions of Palestinian children. Panelists include Dr. Thomas Abowd, Brad Parker, and Dr. Abdelhamid Siyam.
Ambassador Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, delivers the Keynote Address of the Palestine Center Annual Conference. He discusses the work that lies ahead despite the outcome of the U.S. elections.
Members of the multimedia program at The Freedom Theatre of Jenin discuss the role of creative work as a means of resisting the Israeli occupation, and their work with the Theatre in introducing young Palestinians to a variety of artistic forms, including music, photography, filmmaking, and writing. They view these forms as necessary creative outlets in an environment that is often violent and oppressive.
This panel examines the intersection of Israeli policies of occupation and containment which prevent Palestinian self-determination, with a focus on the experience for Palestinians of living under occupation in Jerusalem and Gaza and the ways Palestinians and their supporters are organizing politically, economically and culturally to protect their human rights and work towards a different future.