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The “Automatic” Majority against Israel in the UN

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 22.06.2011:

Analysis of a Metaphor

Toine van Teeffelen, Bethlehem

This year new metaphors have been applied in relation to the Arab world which significantly change patterns of thinking about the region. Two main examples are the Arab “spring” and Al Jazeera’s Arab “awakening” which provide a very different, more open and evolving meaning to the idea of people-initiated change than the old (...)

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Politics of naming (road signs etc.)

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.01.2010:

Last Year in Jerusalem

By Dr. Abdul-Rahim Al-Shaikh

Since Jerusalem was declared the Capital of Arab Culture for the year 2009, there has been a heated controversy over how to celebrate this grand tribute. This was due to the fact that Palestinians have no sovereignty whatsoever over Jerusalem, nor do most Palestinians, pedestrian or official, have the ability to reach Jerusalem(...)

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The Impact of the Crisis in Palestine on Masculinity and Gender Relations

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 18.09.2009:

By Ziad Yaish

The impact of armed conflict on people and also the coping strategies adopted by them tend to differ between women and men. In all phases of conflict, gender inequalities are exacerbated. Women, men, and youth suffer from abuses and traumas during periods of conflict, disruption of services, and loss of resources. The impact of these losses is experienced by all sectors o(...)

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Communicating Palestine Through Tourism

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 28.03.2009:

Communicating Palestine Through Tourism: The Strategic Role of the Palestinian Family

Toine van Teeffelen

Paper for Inash al-Usra conference on the “The Role and the Future of the Palestinian Family", El-Bireh, 20-22/3/2009


Some 20 years ago, I conducted a study about the image of Palestine and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in popular literature in (...)

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9/11 and Reconstructing Palestinian Identity

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.02.2009:

By Ahmed Masoud

Since 1948, when the state of Israel was created in Palestine, Palestinians throughout the world have faced many challenges in affirming their identity in their countries of residence. The events of 9/11 and the global “war on terror” that started immediately afterwards complicated the situation even further. This article aims to highlight the effect of 9/11 on Palestin(...)

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Identity and the Palestinians

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.02.2009:

By Sammy Kirreh


Recently, there has been an increasing interest in questions concerning identity. Sociology and political science departments in universities have dedicated much research to the study of identity. Within political science, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory, identity plays a central role involving issues related to ra(...)

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Sumud: Soul of the Palestinian People

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.02.2009:

By Dr. Toine van Teeffelen

Sumud points to a central, modern Palestinian quality and experience, aptly rendered by the double meaning of its English equivalent, steadfastness. On the one hand, it is about preserving a presence on Palestinian land, on the other about keeping a presence in time, having patience. The word “despite” is an essential element too - sumud is about persevering (...)

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“…and he stood steadfast before Goliath.”

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.02.2009:

By Mustafa Barghouthi

What is Steadfastness?

When I was asked about Palestinian identity, one idea kept coming to mind. I wondered how this idea would translate into English, and I was told that it would be steadfastness.”

I looked up "steadfast" in the dictionary:

“Marked by firm determination or resolution - not shakeable - of firm convictions and strong resolve;(...)

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Reflections on Palestinian Identity Al-Nakba: An Open Wound

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.02.2009:

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

Evocative phrases and concrete images bear testimony to the fact that “the love of the fatherland is a chronic condition and not a passing illness.”

“The tent is a wound that is still bleeding,” one reads on the walls of El-Arroub Refugee Camp.” “The refugee camp (al-mukhayyam) is the bridge of return to the land of ancestors,” reads yet more graffiti. A huge k(...)

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Bayt al-Maqdas: The Fahmi al-Ansari Library

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 25.01.2009:

Jerusalem Quarterly

Spring 1998

Issue 1

Jerusalem has a long and rich history of private family libraries. As a divided city with practically no governmental institutions catering to its Palestinian residents, the city lacks some of the basic cultural services available in most other cities. One area in(...)

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