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Video: The Decolonizing Rubric: Modernity, Religion and Re-imagining Palestine/Israel

November 9, 2021

No longer do scholarly accounts of Palestine/Israel presume the “two-state solution” as a tangible political principle, if they are realists, or accountable for historical injustice and imagining of alternative futures, if they are concerned with justice, not only peace. This panel featured a conversation among authors of recent scholarly works that grapple with the changing paradigm of analysis with decolonial sensitivities. The panelists discussed the ethical limits of a paradigm based on ethnoreligious and national segregationist logic and illuminated where religion might fit (or not) in alternative political paradigms that undo exclusionary nationalist ideological frames.

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Defragmenting Palestine: Breaking the Barriers from Sheikh Jarrah to Lydda, Gaza, and Beyond

Video: Defragmenting Palestine: Breaking the Barriers from Sheikh Jarrah to Lydda, Gaza, and Beyond

October 5, 2021

Taking as a starting point the May 2021 Palestinian general strike, the first since 1936, this panel examined the struggle to defragment Palestinian experiences as in itself a form of decolonial practice of resistance and reimagining Palestinian spaces, identities, belongings, and histories outside Israeli fragmentary politics.... Read more about Video: Defragmenting Palestine: Breaking the Barriers from Sheikh Jarrah to Lydda, Gaza, and Beyond

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Video: When Politics are Sacralized: Comparative Perspectives on Religious Claims and Nationalism

September 28, 2021

Authors of the new edited book, "When Politics Are Sacralized" (Cambridge University Press, 2021), reflect on how religious claims undergird and obscure settler colonial realities and why and how religious and political claims are fused to produce and entrench state violence.... Read more about Video: When Politics are Sacralized: Comparative Perspectives on Religious Claims and Nationalism

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Video: Between the Sacred and the Profane in Contemporary Jerusalem: The case of Silwan

September 21, 2021

This panel of scholars and activists included Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Hebrew University, Nadav Weiman, Breaking the Silence, and Toufic Haddad, Kenyon Institute. They examined the case of East Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and the plans to establish the City of David theme Park in its place. Panelists discussed the role of biblical landscapes and settlers’ theologies in contemporary entrenchment of violence. They focused on convergences of secular, settler, and Kahanist ideologies and their manifestations in the realities of displacement and erasure in East...

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