The Question of Palestine in Miniature

by The Editors | published September 16, 2011

The countdown to September 23 has begun. On that day, if he does not renege on his September 16 speech, Mahmoud ‘Abbas will present a formal request for full UN membership for a state of Palestine. The UN Security Council, which must approve such requests, will not do so, because the United States will act upon its repeated vows to exercise its veto. And then?

Editor's Bookshelf

by Joel Beinin
published in MER170

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Letter from the Curfew Zone

by Penny Johnson
published in MER170

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Photos and Art from Palestine

by Lisa Frank
published in MER175

John Running, Pictures for Solomon (Northland, 1990).

Phyllis Bennis and Neal Cassidy, From Stones to Statehood (Olive Branch, 1990).

Kamal Boullata, Faithful Witnesses: Palestinian Children Recreate Their World (Windrush, 1990).

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Aftermath

A Profile of Tulkarm Camp

by Sharry Lapp
published in MER175

Eighteen-year old Anwar is new to bastat, street peddling. Two days ago his mother bought several crates of corn on the cob, which she boiled for him to sell in Tulkarm refugee camp streets. Recently released from a six-month term at Ansar III detention camp in the Negev desert, Anwar returned home the first day having sold nothing.

“There were problems in the streets,” explains his mother, Umm Jamil. “Anyway, no one goes out as they used to. Something happens, the army comes, and everyone runs. Who will buy?” Tulkarm camp, near the northern West Bank town by that name, is home to nearly 12,000 Palestinians.

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Why We Negotiate

An Interview with Sami al-Kilani

by Joost Hiltermann
published in MER175

Sami al-Kilani is a member of the Palestinian delegation to the peace talks. A poet and short-story writer, he has spent several years in Israeli prisons and under town arrest in his home in Ya‘bad in the occupied West Bank. His brother Ahmad was shot dead by Israeli troops in October 1988. Joost Hiltermann interviewed him in Washington, DC, in December 1991.

I understand that members of the delegation held town meetings in the West Bank and Gaza after the Madrid conference.

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Winds of War, Winds of Peace

The Palestinian Strategy Debate

by Ali Jarbawi , Roger Heacock
published in MER175

The Gulf war transformed the political landscape of the Middle East, and thus the politics of the Palestinian question. Saddam Hussein’s promised “linkage” between the Gulf and Palestinian questions was in fact established, as the US sought to preserve its regional allies from a popular backlash, and thus reinforce its project of a “new international order” to encompass this troubled region. This means unblocking the Arab-Israeli stalemate and moving to solve the Palestinian question, generally recognized as the core component of the conflict.

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Palestine in the New Order

by Azmi Bishara
published in MER175

Since the Gulf war, the Palestinian cause has entered an entirely new phase, one that is not merely a consequence of the war in the narrow sense. The Gulf crisis was the setting for a series of confrontations between local and international forces of such intensity that it is difficult to find a precedent. If the war fit into the formal category of a regional war with foreign intervention, it also had the character of a world war, given the international interests involved.

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Three Intifada Books

by Lucine Taminian
published in MER179

F. Robert Hunter, The Palestinian Uprising: A War by Other Means (I. B. Tauris, 1991).

Joost Hiltermann, Behind the Intifada: Labor and Women’s Movements in the Occupied Territories (Princeton, 1991).

Julie Peteet, Gender in Crisis: Women and the Palestinian Resistance Movement (Columbia, 1991).

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Left In Limbo

Leninist Heritage and Islamist Challenge

by Salim Tamari
published in MER179

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