Saree Makdisi: In Gaza People need far more than a ceasefire

In bombing Gaza, Israel was not striking the territory of another state - it was bombing people for whose welfare it is "legally accountable as the only sovereign power that exercises control over their lives"

The threat that Gaza poses to Israel is "not simply rockets", but an "abundance of human life itself", writes Makdisi. The bombing may have ended, but life in Gaza is hardly back to what any of us would think is normal. For in Gaza the alternation between bombardment and ceasefire does not mark the difference between war and peace, but rather the oscillation between one … [Read more...]

The language that absolves Israel

by Carlos Latuff

A special political vocabulary prevents us from being able to recognize what's going on in the Middle East. By Saree Makdisi On Sunday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech that -- by categorically ruling out the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state -- ought to have been seen as a mortal blow to the quest for a two-state solution to … [Read more...]

Saree Makdisi – Banned in the U.S.A. (Almost)

I didn't think America was a place where bookstores barred people for their viewpoints, until it happened to me, right here in Washington, D.C., the city of my birth. I was scheduled to speak at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse last month about my latest book, "Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation." My appearance was canceled when the bookstore owners … [Read more...]

West chooses Fatah, but Palestinians don’t

They prefer Hamas, which represents an alternative to Fatah's acceptance of the Israeli occupation. By Saree Makdisi IN THE WEST, there's a huge sense of relief. The Hamas-led government that has been causing everyone so much trouble has been isolated in Gaza, and a new government has been appointed in the West Bank by the "moderate," peace-loving Palestinian Authority … [Read more...]