Antisemitism and the left

Paul Kelemen, author of The British Left and Zionism: History of a Divorce, looks at the roots of the recent controversies in the Labour Party May 2016, Red Pepper If the mainstream media is to be believed, the Labour Party is seriously afflicted with antisemitism. Although most of the remarks cited as incriminating were directed at Israel and pro-Israeli activism, and not

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Rewriting Narratives in Egyptian Theatre

Translation, Performance, Politics Edited by Sirkku Aaltonen and Areeg Ibrahim 2016 – Routledge, 288 pages Hardback. ISBN: 978-1-13-894644-6, £85 This study of Egyptian theatre and its narrative construction explores the ways representations of Egypt are created of and within theatrical means, from the 19th century to the present day. Essays address the narratives that structure theatrical, textual, and performative representations and the

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W. J. T. Mitchell: “Palestine at the 2016 MLA”

26 January 2016 W.J.T. Mitchell is editor of Critical Inquiry. One of the most notable developments at the 2016 Modern Language Association meeting in Austin, Texas could be glimpsed simply by looking at the program. There were no less than a dozen sessions devoted to the question of Palestine. Many of them were, of course, devoted to the movement known as

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Not so Much Anti-Boycott as Pro-Israel

David Palumbo-Liu(bio)1. Stanford University1 Symploke, Volume 23, Numbers 1-2, 2015, pp. 425-457 (Review) Download pdf: Palumbo-liu   The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel, edited by Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm (2015), aspires to be “a resource to bring reason, history, and sound information to campuses confronting [the] BDS [Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions] agenda” (19). The editors clearly feel their book

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Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

“Be it Resolved”: Full Text of the Proposed AAA Boycott Resolution Posted on October 21, 2015 by anthroboycott Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions has submitted a boycott resolution to the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for consideration at the upcoming Annual Meeting in Denver. The resolution endorses the Palestinian civil society call to boycott Israeli academic institutions until they take concrete steps to end their

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CairoComix: Excavating the political

12 October 2015, Mada Masr By Jonathan Guyer “All comics are political,” wrote Allen Douglas and Fedwa Malti-Douglas in their seminal 1994 study Arab Comic Strips. But whether for children or adults, the forms of political expression in comics are never straightforward. Translated editions of Superman project cultural imperialism as well as the human need for heroes and villains. A comic advertising Stella beer

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Freed Egyptian Protester Describes Ordeal, but Fate of Seized Blogger Is Unknown

By MICHAEL SLACKMAN FEB. 11, 2009, The New York Times CAIRO — For more than four straight days, Philip Rizk said, he was blindfolded, handcuffed and interrogated around the clock by Egyptian state security agents who abducted him on Friday after he took part in a march in support of Gaza. Early Wednesday morning, with neither warning nor explanation, he was

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Israel Kills People Like Me, Israel Exploits Queers Like Me

Posted by Leil-Zahra on 12/29/14 * In response to a full-page ad running this week in The New York Times funded by Rabbi Shmuley, Stand with Us, and This World (Shmuley’s own); featuring political campaigner Rennick Remely. My name is Leil-Zahra Mortada. I’m an Arab Queer person. And I support justice. If I lived in Gaza or “Israel’s neighboring states”, I would be

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Between Exile and Elegy, Palestine and Egypt: Mourid Barghouti’s Poetry and Memoirs

Author: Tahia Abdel Nasser1 Source: Journal of Arabic Literature, Volume 45, Issue 2-3, pages 244 – 264 Publication Year : 2014 DOI: 10.1163/1570064x-12341286 ISSN: 0085-2376 E-ISSN: 1570-064x Document Type: Research Article Subjects: Middle East & Islamic Studies Keywords: Egypt; Palestine; revolutionary poetics; exile; Mourid Barghouti/Murīd al-Barghūthī; Arabic elegy; memoirs This article reads the migration of poetry and memoirs by the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti (Murīd al-Barghūthī) in the context of Egypt’s January 25, 2011 Revolution. At the start of 2012,

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"We Are the Eight Percent": Inside Egypt's Underground Shaabi Music Scene

By Soraya Morayef Jadaliyya, 29 May 2012   In the heated den of the Greek Club on Emad el-Din Street in downtown Cairo, sweating bodies heave and move to the infectious reggaeton fused with a tabla beat, as Amr Haha, DJ Figo, and Sadat swing their mics back and forth, bantering, ad-libbing, and cheering. One takes a swig out of his

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