Special Focus

Every month, IPS presents an event or theme related to the history of Palestine by highlighting a selection of relevant JPS articles. Free online access to these articles will be available for a limited period of time.

Palestinian students at British universities celebrating the wedding of one of their members, Izz aI-Din al-Shawwa, London, 1928. Seated left to right, first row, are Khulusi al-Khairi from Ramleh (Public Administration, London School of Economics); unidentified woman; Izz aI-Din al-Shawwa from Gaza (Agriculture, Cambridge University); the bride; Wasfi Anabtawi from Nablus (Geography, Cambridge University); Mrs. W. Anabtawi. Second row: Wasif Kamal from Nablus (Law, London University); Muhammad Hadid and Taha Abd al-Baqi (both Iraqi colleagues); Anis al-Bibi from
Palestinians in Ramallah protest high cost of living and the Paris Protocol regulating trade with Israel. (Maan News Agency) Political Economy of Palestine A recent Financial Times profile of a budding Palestinian brewery noted the difficulties the three Sayej brothers of Birzeit confronted when they attempted to launch Palestine’s second beer after the much- lauded Taybeh put Palestinian brews on the proverbial map. “The Palestinians do not control their own borders, and transport is expensive because of the logistical challenges involved in clearing Israeli
Zionist Ideology and Propaganda The following introduction originally appeared as an essay on our blog Palestine Square , and is being reposted here in slightly amended form. * * * Zionism’s material and cultural conquest is a manifestation of the axiom long voiced by its partisans: the Arabs may have rights on the land but only Jews have rights to the land. Every movement needs its propaganda and Zionism has been the colonial master of marketing. Certainly the French in Algeria and the British in India never came close to crafting the agitprop that early
Ottoman Palestine The following is excerpted from Part One of Before Their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians, 1876-1948 , by Walid Khalidi. (A family in Ramallah, north of Jerusalem.) * * * From 1516 until the end of World War I, the whole region of western Asia was part of the Ottoman Empire. The majestic superstructure of the walls encircling the Old City of Jerusalem, built by the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-66), attests to Jerusalems’s standing in Ottoman eyes. Equally revealing is the endowment made in 1552 by Khasseki
Arab Jerusalem The following remarks were presented by the Institute for Palestine Studies’ General Secretary Walid Khalidi at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies’ symposium on “Arab Jerusalem.” Khalidi’s description of Israeli exclusivist ambitions over Jerusalem were remarkably prescient and his words are even timelier today. Below is an abridged version of the presentation and the full remarks may be read here . . . . Today, the basic concept that seems to inform all discussion on Jerusalem is that of the “unity of Jerusalem.” In