• Women in the Middle East: Jordan- on Gender, Education, and the Limits of the Western Imagination

    Los Angeles Review of Books, January 20, 2013 On the last day of the semester at Al-Quds University in the West Bank, I entered the classroom to find the usual graffiti on the whiteboard, save for an odd symbol. It was a triangle filled with curlicues, topped by two circles with dots in the middle. …

  • Palestinian Roundtable on Gender, Education, and Life in the West Bank

    Los Angeles Review of Books, January 20, 2013 The following interview was conducted with four 18-year-old Palestinian women who attend a university in the West Bank. All of the women are Muslim, though they run the gamut as to the extent of their religiosity: Nawal self-defines as liberal; Salma says that she and her family …

  • Could a new regime in Syria be good for the Golan Heights?

    IRIN, August 21, 2012 While conflict rages just kilometers away in Syria, the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights remains quiet. But there are signs that the 17-month old conflict has touched the areas’ Arab residents. In Majdal Shams, the area’s largest Arab village, blood-red graffiti reads: “Stop killing the Syrian people.” When the conflict in Syria …

  • Is greater food security in the OPT an illusion?

    IRIN, August 2, 2012 At a glance, the latest data on post-assistance food security in the West Bank and Gaza Strip – released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) last week – seems to warrant optimism. 2011 was the second straight year in …