Journal of Palestine Studies editor Rashid Khalidi:
Trump and Netanyahu are undoing decades of U.S.-Israel relations. Israel’s racism complements Trump’s; America’s defense of its elected officials challenges it.
Senate bill 2132 puts at stake the ability of the PLO to engage in diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations and to seek accountability through international mechanisms.
Son of Jerusalem, Kamal Boullata, will finally make it back to his homeland for burial at the Cemetery of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem at Mt. Zion next to his family and ancestors.
Kamal was born in Jerusalem, and grew up in the Old City. According to the Records of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem and the Arab Orthodox Mukhtar for the Old City, the late Mr. Mitri Toubbeh, Boullata's family traces their history in the Old City back to over 600 years.
For half a century, he was barred from Jerusalem because he happened to be out of the country for an exhibit in Beirut in 1967 when the Occupation started. All his efforts to return to Jerusalem failed, except for a brief visit in 1984 which was memorialized in the film “Stranger at Home”. However, Jerusalem always stayed in his heart and art.
His wish was to return and be buried in Jerusalem. After a week of strenuous effort by his family and their lawyers, the family was finally granted permission today to have his body transported and buried in Jerusalem.
The right of every Palestinian to return to his homeland is a sacred right. It is particularly important for Jerusalemites, for whom the Holy City is part of their lives and essence. It is sad that so many are denied this right, but it is a bitter satisfaction when someone of his stature and world-known respect is finally allowed his last wish.
May He Rest in Peace, and may his Memory be Forever.
A mass will take place on Thursday Aug. 15.
Funeral Mass on Monday, 19 August at 4.00 pm
Cemetery of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem at Mt. Zion
The family receives condolences at the Arab Orthodox Club in Beit Hanina after the ceremony and on Tuesday from 4.00 to 8.00 pm
A prayer for Kamal’s soul will take place at St. Georgios Antiochian Orthodox Church on Thursday, August 15 at 10.30 am, Auguststraße 90, 10117 Berlin before his final rest in Jerusalem.
(Image Courtsey of Meem Gallery)
Jerusalem-born painter, writer, and art historian Kamal Boullata passed away on Aug. 6 in his home in Berlin, Germany.
Now a classic in its field, From Haven to Conquest is a unique compendium of difficult-to-obtain or out-of-print material on Zionism and the history of Palestine from ancient times until 1948. Eighty documents and first-hand accounts are supplemented by 30 pages of appendices providing detailed demographic and military statistics.
Palestine Studies Fellow Mouin Rabbani
The Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) hosted an interview on 'The Iran Nuclear Agreement and the Question of Palestine' with Palestine Studies Fellow Mouin Rabbani.
For our July Book of the Month, Palestine Studies has chosen Manifestations of Identity: The Lived Reality of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon by Muhammad Ali Khalidi. Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon are often discussed in sensationalist or objectified terms in the context of various crises.
On this day, 43 years ago, the Palestinian people lost one of their greatest writer, Ghassan Kanafani. In remembrance the Institute for Palestine Studies has made available an archival retrospective on the life and work of Kanafani.
IPS Fellow Lisa Hajjar:
For our Special Focus – The Naksa, 48 Years Later we are highlighting a series of articles from our Journal of Palestine Studies archives that address the Naksa and its ongoing consequence.