Rebuilding Gaza by Nadi Abusaada

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  • Amid the harrowing scenes of carnage, finding adequate words becomes an onerous task. Historians of the built and lived environment in Palestine often find ourselves bound to document destruction rather than construction. There are other histories to narrate about our cities, additional stories waiting to be told. Yet, with the relentless Israeli colonial violence against our land and people, the pace of erasure surpasses that of history writing. The bulldozer is faster than the pen.
  • In the face of rampant obliteration, terms lose their meaning; language falters in conveying the depth and essence of the horrors witnessed. Architects, planners and sociologists have long grappled with terms like urbicide, domicide and cultural genocide. However, these terms are unable to capture the rapidity and gravity of the unfolding atrocities. Their totalising nature proves incapable of accounting for how the destruction is felt and experienced daily.

Continue reading at https://www.architectural-review.com/essays/rebuilding-gaza

What Does It Mean to Be Palestinian Now? by Noura Erakat, Ahmed Moor, Noor Hindi, Mohammed El-Kurd, and Laila Al-Arian

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  • There is little that is more dislocating than witnessing the genocide of your own people: on Twitter, on Instagram, in waiting rooms at doctors’ offices, on the radio, and during all the mundane tasks of survival. There is little that is more demoralizing than watching the world deny a violence that is so simply seen, heard, and broadcast by the people experiencing it themselves.

Continue reading at https://www.thenation.com/article/world/what-does-it-mean-to-be-palestinian-now/

Why are Israeli soldiers sharing snuff videos from their genocide in Gaza? by Yara Hawari

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  • There has been shock and outrage over the videos on social media platforms by Palestinians and their allies with many noting that the videos should be used as evidence in the case against the Israeli regime for genocide before the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Indeed, this latest aggression on Gaza has been one of the most visually documented atrocities in history. And genocidal intent has never been so blatantly expressed by both soldiers and political leaders.

Continue reading at https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2024/1/24/why-are-israeli-soldiers-sharing-snuff-videos-from-their-genocide-in-gaza

Christ in the Rubble: A Liturgy of Lament – 2023 Christmas Message by Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac

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Christ Under the Rubble: We are angry, we are broken. This should have been a time of joy, instead we are mourning, we are fearful. More than 20,000 killed, thousands are still under the rubble, close to 9,000 children killed in the most brutal ways, day after day, 1.9 million displaced, hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed. Gaza as we know it no longer exists. This is an annihilation. This is a genocide. The world is watching. Churches are watching. The people of Gaza are sending live images of their own execution. Maybe the world cares, but it goes on. We are asking here, could this be our fate- in Bethlehem, in Ramallah, in Janeen?

Continue watching at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbHzqU3ZdTs&t=1718s

Seeing Genocide by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay

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In an uncanny and painful way, the black-and-white still images taken in Palestine during the Nakba of 1948 are coming alive, in the form of moving images and in color. The images coming out of Gaza—at least when Israel hasn’t shut down the electricity and Internet—can only falsely be called images, since they capture the people who are calling to stop the genocide in rectangular immaterial forms. These are not discrete images of what had happened but visual megaphones calling us to recognize the decades long genocide and to stop it now. Recognizing the genocide also means rejecting any further genocidal solutions for Gaza and Palestine once this killing stops.

Continue reading at https://www.bostonreview.net/articles/seeing-genocide/

Olivia Colman among 1000+ artists accusing art institutions of censorship on Palestine by Artists for Palestine UK

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To the Arts and Culture Sector,

We write to you as artists and cultural workers united in our commitment to justice, dignity, freedom, and equality for all people in Israel / Palestine. We hold every life to be precious, and we grieve every death. 

The scale of violence unfolding in Gaza demands our collective attention and action. 

Members of Israel’s far-right government are openly calling for ethnic cleansing. 

The use of starvation as a weapon of war, along with denial of water and electricity, is cruel beyond words. 

The wholesale destruction of civilian infrastructure, the bombing of hospitals, schools, churches and mosques, the killing of 14,500  people in a matter of weeks, amount to a policy of collective punishment against the Palestinian people. The United Nations and hundreds of legal scolars have called on the international community to prevent genocide.

Continue reading at https://artistsforpalestine.org.uk/2023/11/30/olivia-colman-among-1000-artists-accusing-art-institutions-of-censorship-on-palestine/

Suhel Nafar Is On a Mission to Put Middle Eastern & North African Artists On the Global Stage by Katie Bain

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I wish this interview was in a different time [with me] talking more about the business. I actually almost canceled because it’s overwhelming watching my family and friends going through genocide. I want to represent the new generation and the music that is fucking amazing; not the situation where there’s an oppressor bombing families as we speak.

Continue reading at https://www.billboard.com/pro/suhel-nafar-empire-vp-interview-photos/

Why ‘Israeli hummus’ infuriates Palestinians on Honi Soit

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As Israel’s government has been descending into straight-up fascism (far-right nationalist sentiment founded in Jewish supremacy which has been the very basis of the Zionist project from the beginning), it is abhorrent to be celebrating Israeli “culture” founded on the theft and appropriation of Palestinian thaqafa. In the past 8 months, Palestinians have faced the deadliest attempt of systematic genocide since the UN began reporting on Palestinian deaths in 2008. Palestinians don’t get the luxury of resting — both in Palestine and across the diaspora — instead we are constantly re-traumatised by news of raids, evictions, home demolitions, and assassinations of our freedom fighters. One of the only spaces where we can feel a sense of pride is through our culture — our thobes which are carefully embroidered with oral histories through the practice of tatreez, our dabke, a traditional Palestinian dance signifying celebration at weddings, and our hummus which is a simple dip that was able to unite the Levant (or before British & French divisions, balaad al shaam). 

Continue reading at http://honisoit.com/2023/09/why-israeli-hummus-infuriates-palestinians/

Venezuela mural expresses solidarity with Palestine by Eman Abusidu

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Artists have been working diligently for the past few weeks to create a mural that covers a whole building in 23 de Enero neighbourhood in Caracas, Venezuela. The artists were brought together by local artist Julvio Millar to express their solidarity with the Palestinian people and put the spotlight on Palestine’s ongoing struggle to resist Israeli colonialism… According to Millar, the only way to stop the Israeli genocide of the Palestinian people is to do things every day and in every place.  

Continue reading at https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20230807-venezuela-mural-expresses-solidarity-with-palestine/

Letters to Editor: Debating the Terms “Arab World” and “Arab Country” on Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

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Ida Audeh’s response: Gregory DeSylva seems to equate Jewish nationalism/Zionism with references to the Arab world (and use of the term “Arab country”). There is no basis for comparing the two. The former is a discredited supremacist 19th century ideology forged in another continent that can only be maintained through repeated acts of genocide and erasure, as Israel’s 75-year history demonstrates; the latter acknowledges an obvious reality, that Palestinians are part of a region. Because we are indigenous to the region, we have connections to other people in the region; we share history, culture and Arabic as a first language. Historic Palestine is located in the Arab world, a geography that Israelis often refer to as “a dangerous neighborhood,” in the way that colonizers tend to belittle the geographies they descend on. With predatory aspirations, their disdain for their surroundings is a clear indicator that they are alien to it. 

Continue reading at https://www.wrmea.org/2023-august/september/letters-to-the-editor-praise-for-fida-jiryis-stranger-in-my-own-land.html