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 women walk past a mural depicting late Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (L) and late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Martyrdom in the Context of the Palestinian National Struggle In January 1965, Ahmad Musa, a Fedayeen fighter with the Fatah faction, retreated back into Jordan after a sabotage raid on an Israeli water tunnel near the Palestinian village of Eilaboun in the occupied Galilee. Israeli forces seized Eilaboun in October 1948, expelled its residents (eventually allowed to return after the intervention of the Archbishop of Acre), and rounded up 14 of its young men and shot them three by three in a massacre still commemorated by the village. [1] Musa met his own fate at
The Arab-Israeli Conflict's Effect on Academia In June 1990, after much institutional delay, 150 faculty members of the University of Idaho, including the new president, signed a resolution calling on Israel to reopen Palestinian universities shut down during the Intifada . The resolution “expresses the faculty members’ deep concern on the issues of academic freedom, civil liberties, and access to educational opportunities for the Palestinian people residing in Israeli-occupied territories.” Declaring education to be a “basic human right,” the resolution may have
Northeastern University Students for Justice in Palestine
A Palestinian boy looks at pictures of Palestinian political prisoners being held by Israel.
Palestinian Prisoners For Palestinians, the experience of being a prisoner is as common to life under occupation as, say, land confiscations and checkpoints. Since 1967, 40% of the adult male population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, or roughly 800,000 people, have been the victim of some form of detention by Israel. As of 1 May 2014, the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association , a Palestinian NGO dedicated to prisoners’ rights, reports 5271 Palestinian political prisoners and administrative detainees in Israeli custody in 25 prisons, detention,
Operation Cast Lead Gaza is on the verge of becoming the first territory to be intentionally reduced to a state of abject destitution, with the knowledge, acquiescence, and - some would say - encouragement of the international community. -UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen AbuZayd January 2009 This is Israel's finest hour. It was a time of trial in which our society showed itself to be ready and willing, with the ability to cope and draw on the enormous strength within it. Israeli society rose impressively to the occasion, and emerges from this trial strengthened
Operation Cast Lead
A Palestinian man holds a girl injured during shelling at a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians, at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014.
Gaza Under Attack At present (8 August 2014), over 1,800 Palestinians have been killed and more than 10,000 have been injured since the Israeli military assault of the Gaza Strip began Tuesday, July 8th. Many of those dead are women and children; the youngest victim was 18-month-old Mohammed Melkiye, who was killed alongside his 27-year-old mother by an Israeli airstrike. As Israel continues its third war against the people of Gaza since 2008, the Institute for Palestine Studies remains committed to accurately documenting and recording the conflict and its