Reflections on ‘Mental Harm’, Culture, and Nur Mashala’s Histories of Palestine by John Docker

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Yet Ann and I were not certain that the final draft of the Genocide Convention does exclude cultural genocide entirely. Pondering Article 2 of the convention—“Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group”—made us interrogate the notion of ‘mental harm’ and the interpretational latitude it offers. We wondered whether it is possible to interpret mental harm as both psychological and cultural, i.e. harm to an individual’s sense of cultural identity in addition to the larger harm to humanity itself.

 In this essay, I will examine “mental harm” as a term that encompasses collective as well as individual suffering through the lens of Israel’s destruction of Palestinian material, cultural and intellectual achievements in 2023-24. To this end, I will draw extensively from the works of Nur Masalha…

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