Palestine & Praxis

In the midst of Israel’s escalation of settler-colonial violence in Palestine, Scholars for Palestinian Freedom have circulated Palestine & PraxisOpen Letter and Call to Action for scholars of any discipline, anywhere in the world, to sign. You can read the statement and its commitments here, with the link to sign at the bottom. 

The statement highlights ‘our role and responsibility as scholars to theorize, read, and write on the very issues unfolding in Palestine and among all oppressed nations today’. With that in mind, we are sharing some articles, webinars, resources and materials below that may be of interest to TWAILR’s readers on the situation across Palestine – from Sheikh Jarrah to Lydd, from Haifa to Gaza. Palestinians have also called for a general strike across Palestine on 18 May 2021, and a global day of action in support. 

Articles & Analysis

Noura Erakat & Mariam Barghouti, Sheikh Jarrah highlights the violent brazenness of Israel’s colonialist projectWashington Post, 10 May 2021

Nimer Sultany, Colonial Realities: From Sheikh Jarrah to LyddaMondoweiss, 12 May 2021

Steven Salaita, Sheikh Jarrah: Zionism distilled to its purest expressionMondoweiss, 12 May 2021

Lana Tatour, This isn’t a civil war, it is settler-colonial brutalityMondoweiss, 13 May 2021

Amjad Iraqi, Against the horror, Palestinians are still rising+972 Magazine, 13 May 2021

Samera Esmeir, The Palestinians and the struggle of the dispossessedOpen Democracy, 14 May 2021 

Tareq Baconi, Sheikh Jarrah and AfterLondon Review of Books, 14 May 2021

Dima Srouji, Living the Nakba, over and over+972 Magazine, 14 May 2021

Adalah, Adalah takes urgent action against organized far-right Jewish mob violence targeting Palestinian citizens, and Israeli police brutality & inaction, 15 May 2021

Zochrot, From Nakba to Return: Resisting one more chapter in the ongoing Nakba, 15 May 2021

Akram Salhab, On Nakba Day, Palestine Is Rising Against Decades of OppressionTribune, 15 May 2021

Lina Alsaafin, Palestinian protests in Israel showcase ‘unprecedented’ unity, Al-Jazeera, 16 May 2021

Bashir Abu-Manneh, As an Occupier, Israel Has No Right to “Self-Defense”Jacobin, 16 May 2021

Patrick Gathara, The fallacy of the colonial ‘right to self-defence’Al-Jazeera, 16 May 2021

Haidar Eid, Israel’s Wehda Street massacre shows it seeks to annihilate us. We won’t let it,  Mondoweiss, 16 May 2021

Saree Makdisi, The Nakba is Now, The Nation, 17 May 2021

Lucy Garbett, I live in Sheikh Jarrah. For Palestinians, this is not a ‘real estate dispute’, The Guardian, 17 May 2021

Shahd Hammouri, Defense or Domination: The Categories of Israel’s Occupation, Critical Legal Thinking, 18 May 2021

Sumaya Awad & Daphne Tier, The Tide Is Turning Against Israeli Apartheid, Jacobin, 18 May 2021

Richard Falk, Israel: Is this the beginning of the end of apartheid?, Middle East Eye, 18 May 2021

Omar Barghouti, People of conscience: Palestinians ask you to boycott Israel, The Guardian, 19 May 2021

Ghassan Hage, ‘The right to defend oneself’: An utterance with a bloody colonial history, Open Democracy, 19 May 2021

Nimer Sultany, Peaceful coexistence in Israel hasn’t been shattered – it’s always been a myth, The Guardian, 19 May 2021

Yousef Munayyer, When Palestine Shook, New York Times, 19 May 2021

Alonso Gurmendi, The Rabbit Hole, from Antwerp to Gaza, Opinio Juris, 19 May 2021

Yasmin El-Rifae / Beesan Ramadan, What now? A changed struggle, and motherhood in an uprising, Mada Masr, 20 May 2021

Muhannad Abu Ghosh, Haifa: War, Critical Times, 20 May 2021

Muna Dajani & Rasha Budeiri, Sheikh Jarrah Shows that Palestine’s Nakba Never Ended, Tribune, 21 May 2021

Rafeef Ziadah, It’s Time for Trade Unions to Back BDS, Tribune, 23 May 2021

Maryam Jamshidi, How Israel Weaponizes International Law, Boston Review, 24 May 2021

Nimer Sultany, Israel’s Oppression of Palestinians Doesn’t End with Ceasefires, Tribune, 25 May 2021

Wesam Ahmad, Business and Human Rights, Conflict and the Convergence of Colonialism in the Palestinian Present, Cambridge Core, 25 May 2021

Adil Ahmad Haque, The IDF’s Unlawful Attack on Al Jalaa Tower, Just Security, 27 May 2021

Asaf Haidar, Land and Existence in Gaza, Viewpoint Magazine, 27 May 2021


“Gaza is in the Heart”: Dispossession and Struggle in Palestine
28 May 2021
Samia Al-Botmeh, Mohamed Jamil, Lama Shehadeh, Linda Tabar, Samera Esmeir, Asad Ahmed

From Ferguson to Sheikh Jarrah:The Black & Palestinian Struggle for Justice
26 May 2021
Marc Lamont Hill, Mohammed El-Kurd

Ethnic Cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah: Palestinians’ Ongoing Nakba
26 May 2021
Ilan Pappé, Muna Dajani, Akram Salhab

Palestine under attack: The assault on Palestinian education
26 May 2021
Yamila Hussein Shannan, Ayman Agbaria, Haidar Eid, Mario Novelli

Free, Free, Palestine!: Biden, Israel and the Fight for Palestinian Liberation
24 May 2021
Tithi Bhattacharya, Sumaya Awad, Nerdeen Kiswani, Khury Petersen-Smith

Decolonising and the Question of Palestine
21 May 2021
Rana Barakat, Muna Dajani, Mezna Qato, Omar Jabary Salamanca, Fran Tonkiss

Urgent Teach-In Roundtable on Sheikh Jarrah
19 May 2021
Ussama Makdisi, Sherene Seikaly, Mouin Rabbani
* available to watch here

Ongoing Nakba: Sheikh Jarrah, Gaza, and Historic Palestine
19 May 2021
Aseel Albajeh, Saleh Higazi, Nadim Bawalsa

Ongoing Nakba: Reflections on Palestine from Sheikh Jarrah to Gaza
19 May 2021
Jehad Abusalim, Hadeel Badarni, Rabea Eghbariah, Lucy Garbett, Randa Wahbe, Hadeel Assali

What does Palestine mean for Black America?
19 May 2021
Angela Davis, Ahmad Abuznaid, Aja Monet, Janaya “Future” Kahn, Mohammed el-Kurd, Vic Mensa, Anwar Hadid, Fairouz Sharqawi

Writing is a Cultural Weapon
18 May 2021
Africa is a Country: South African and Palestinian poets on the shared experiences of Apartheid and resistance.

The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine
17 May 2021
Rashid Khalidi in conversation with Lana Tatour

Black & Palestinian Freedom Struggles
17 May 2021
Khury Petersen-Smith & Eve L. Ewing

Holding Palestinian Ground: Lessons from Gaza to Sheikh Jarrah
14 May 2021
Sheren Seikaly, Issam Adwan, Mariam Barghouti, Amjad Iraqi, Mouin Rabbani, Noura Erakat, Yasser Qous, Ziad Abu-Rish

We Will Not Be Erased: Ongoing Nakba
14 May 2021
Sandra Tamar, Mohammed El-Kurd, Majd Kayyal, Sumaya Awad

From Sheikh Jarrah to Gaza: Israel’s War on Palestine
13 May 2021
Issam Adwan, Fayrouz Sharqawi, Tamer Nafar, Ken Loach, Roger Waters, Frank Barat, Annemarie Jacir

Other Statements & Teaching Resources

Palestinian Feminist Collective – A Love Letter to Our People Struggling in Palestine

Palestinian artists, writers and allies – Against Apartheid

Middle East Studies Association – Statement in Support of Palestinians

Residents of Sheikh Jarrah and supporting organisations – Letter to ICC Prosecutor
Legal Scholars & Advocates – Letter to ICC Prosecutor re Sheikh Jarrah

Michael Lynk (UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory) & Balakrishnan Rajagopal (UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing)  – East Jerusalem: UN experts deplore brutal police response to protests, urge eviction threats to be lifted

Aijaz Ahmad, Arundhati Roy, Githa Hariharan, Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami, Naseeruddin Shah, Nayantara Sahgal, Prabhat Patnaik, Ratna Pathak Shah, Subhashini Ali, Sudhanva Deshpande & Vijay Prashad – We Stand With Palestine

Jadaliyya – Sheikh Jarrah, Expulsion, Occupation, and Settler Colonialism – Reading List

BDS Movement – 5 things you can do

Haymarket Books – Free Palestine! A Reading List

Verso Books – Palestine Solidarity Reading List

Palestine Yearbook of International Law
Journal of Palestine Studies
Jadaliyya Palestine page
MERIP – Middle East Research and Information Project
The Nakba Files
Israeli Apartheid Week
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Decolonize Palestine
Gaza in Context

Visualizing Palestine

Wadi al-Saleeb neighbourhood, Haifa, 15 May 2021 via @hala_marshood on twitter