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Issue 59

JQ 59 ( 2014)

The Editorial

Editorial: Jerusalem in the Shadow of Gaza


Two Letters from Jerusalem: Haunted by Our Breathing
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Sarah Ihmoud
Jerusalem, 11 July 2014 It is silenced screaming and pain that turned the streets of Jerusalem into storytellers. As Old City shop owner Abu Ayman explained: “They [the Israeli government] did not leave any breathing space, be it their economic strangulation, their police, the soldiers and their...
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Laylat al-Qadr
Tina Sherwell
Shu‘fat, 24 July 2014 Before I came to live in Palestine I wasn’t very familiar with the traditions of Ramadan. Laylat al-Qadr in particular I knew nothing about. Occurring a few days before the end of Ramadan, it commemorates the first revelation of the Qur’an. This evening is normally a time for...
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Issa al Issa’s Unorthodox Orthodoxy: Banned in Jerusalem, Permitted in Jaffa
Salim Tamari
‘Isa al-‘Isa’s (1878–1950) memoirs provide an opportunity to re-examine the role of the Orthodox Christian intelligentsia in turnof- the-century debates about Ottomanism and Arab (Syrian) nationalism. They also shed new light on the political environment prevailing in pre–World War I Jaffa that...
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New Light on Ramallah’s Origins in the Ottoman Period
Sameeh Hammoudeh
Although Ramallah’s history has been the topic of numerous studies,1 the Ottoman period has not been researched in depth. There are several reasons for this, among them the lack of interest, till recently, in Ottoman history, a result of its characterization as a history of oppression and...
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Political Opposition to Zionism in Palestine and Greater Syria: 1910–1911 as a Turning Point
Emanuel Beska
The relatively short period at the turn of the year 1910–1911 was of profound importance for the development of political opposition to Zionism in Palestine and its neighboring Arab regions. During a period of about a year, several important events and incidents occurred; a number of Arab...
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Educator in the Service of the Homeland: Khalil al-Sakakini’s Conflicted Identities
Kamal Moed
As soon as British rule began, the Palestinian national movement too began to grow and take shape, its purpose to resist British imperial rule stubbornly until complete national independence was achieved. Thus, from 1919 a new political leadership appeared alongside the traditional one. Parties...
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To Exist Is To Resist: Sumud, Heroism, and the Everyday
Alexandra Rijke, Toine Van Teeffelen
As a national Palestinian concept, sumud, or, literally translated, “steadfastness,” carries the meaning of a strong determination to stay in the country and on the land. In this article,1 we will sketch the historical development of the concept and then make the case, on the basis of dozens of...
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Catastrophe Overtakes the Palestinians: Memoirs, Part II
Sami Hadawi
A Note from the Editors Sami Hadawi’s life (1904–2004) mirrors that of many Palestinians of his generation. He grew up in Palestine during the British Mandate years and was forced out in 1948, never to be allowed to return. He lived in exile the rest of his life and devoted his energy to the cause...
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A Flâneur’s Jerusalem
Kimberly Katz
The field of self-literature on Palestine in English in the modern period has grown considerably over the past two decades. A significant number of Palestinian doctors, lawyers, writers, politicians, and scholars – among them Izz al-Din Abu al-Laysh, Suad Amiry, Hanan Ashrawi, Ibtisam Barakat,...
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