Seminar No 8: Urban Planning in Jerusalem

Date: Wednesday 28 July 2010, Time: 10.00-15.00, Location: Abu Dis campus, Al-Quds University

Speakers Panel:

Philip Decorte, UN HABITAT.

Dr. Omar Yousef, Jerusalem Studies Center, Al-Quds University.

Ahmad Saleh, Palestinian National Authority Ministry of Planning.

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Required Reading:

— Jerusalem Strategic Planning Series – The Wall: Fragmenting the Palestinian Fabric in International Peace and Cooperation Center, Jerusalem, 2007.

— Jerusalem Strategic Planning Series – Jerusalem on the Map III, International Peace and Cooperation Center, 2007.

— Successful Jerusalem: Vision, Scenarios and Strategies, International Peace and Cooperation Center, 2007.

— Nu’man, East Jerusalem: Life under the Threat of Expulsion, Status Report, B’tselem, September 2003.

— The Quiet Deportation Continues: Revocation of Residency and Denial of Social Rights of East Jerusalem Palestinians, B’tselem, September 1998.

Further Reading:

— Coon, Anthony, Town planning under military occupation: an examination of the law and practice of town planning in the occupied West Bank, 1992.

— Sharon, Rotbard, Homa Umigda (Wall and Tower) in A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture, 2004.

— Derek Gregory, Colonial Present: Afghanistan-Palestine-Iraq, 2004.

— Mick Dumper, “The Multiple Borders of Jerusalem: Policy implications for the future of the city”, Working Paper No. 4, Conflict in Cities and the Contested State. Available here.

— Mick Dumper and Craig Larkin, “The Politics of Heritage and the Limitations of International Agency in Divided Cities: The role of UNESCO in Jerusalem’s Old City”, Working Paper No. 2, Conflict in Cities and the Contested State. Available here.

— Benvenisti, Meron, and Khayat, Shlomo, “The West Bank and Gaza Atlas”, The Jerusalem Post, 1988.

Publications by the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ):

— Abu Ghnaim Environmental Impacts Assessment, April 1996

— The Rachel’s Tomb area is undergoing final wall constructions, March 2006

— Illegal Israeli Settlements Expanded Dramatically between 2002 and 2004, may 2006

Publications by B’tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories:

—  Land Grab: Israel’s Settlement policy in the West Bank. May 2002.

— Under the Guise of Security: Routing the Separation Barrier to Enable the Expansion of Israeli Settlements in the West Bank, December 2005.

— Forbidden Roads: Israel’s Discriminatory Road Regime in the West Bank, August 2004.

— Through No Fault of Their Own, Punitive House Demolitions during the al-Aqsa Intifada, November 2004.

— Demolishing Peace: Israel’s policy of mass demolition of Palestinian houses in the West Bank, September 1997.

— Nu’man, East Jerusalem: Life under the Threat of expulsion, status report, September 2003.

Publications by UN OCHA OPT, Office of the special coordination for the peace process in the Middle East (UNSCO):

— The West Bank wall: Humanitarian status report, northern west bank trajectory, July 2003.

— Cost of the conflict: The changing face of Bethlehem, December 2004.

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Seminar No 7: West Bank Waste: The Social Circulation of Sewage (Environmental Justice in Palestine)

Date: Monday 9 August 2010, Time: 10.00-15.00, Location: Ramallah (Muwatin Institute)

Speakers Panel:

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins, PhD candidate in Anthropology, Columbia University.

Iyad Aurdeineh, Friends of the Earth Middle East.

Michael Talhami, Palestinian Water Authority.

Laura Ribeiro Rodrigues Pereira, UNRWA.

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Required Reading:

— Amnesty International, “Troubled Waters,” 2009. Available here.

— B’tselem “Foul Play,” 2009. Available here.

— Selby, Jan. “Dressing up Domination as ‘Cooperation'”, 2003. Available here.

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Seminar No 6: Contemporary Research on Infrastructure, Politics, Security, Class, and the State

Date: Wednesday 4 August 2010, Time: 10.00-15.00, Location: Ramallah (Muwatin Institute)

Speakers Panel:

Kareem Rabie, PhD candidate in Anthropology, City University of New York, on “Notes on the Occupied Economy, State-building, Capacity-building, and Housing Development”

Nasser Abu Rahmeh, UNRWA, on “New Palestinian Men”: Security, Temporality, Signification and the Making of Political Subjects”

Ala Alazzeh, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Rice University.

Omar Jabary Salamanca, Phd Candidate in Geography, University of Ghent.

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Discussion Questions:

1. How is political subjecthood fashioned in the contemporary Palestinian moment?

2. How does securitization operate as a technology of subjectification?

3. What is the relationship between the symbolic order and new political formations?

4. How do the four authors conceive of the present moment in Palestine as an object of analysis in terms of the previous understandings and literature?

5. How do current changes in Palestine, politically, economically, geographically, reflect themselves in changing political sensibilities and activities?

Required Reading:

— Lisa Taraki, “Enclave Micropolois: The Paradoxical Case of Ramallah/Al-Bireh”, Journal of Palestine Studies, Volume 37 Number 4, Summer 2007, pp. 6-20.

— Nasser Abourahme, “The Bantustan Sublime: Reframing the Colonial in Ramallah”, City, Volume 13 Number 4, December 2009, pp. 499-509.

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Seminar No 5: Practices beyond the Law in Area C

Date: Monday 2 August 2010, Time: 16.00-19.00, Location: Battir

Speakers Panel:

Amira Hass, Journalist (Author of Drink the Sea in Gaza, 1999).

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Required Reading:

Amira Hass, “Palestinian farmers are being treated like criminals”, Haaretz Online, 22 January 2010. Available here.

Amira Hass, “Settlers petition to tear down nearby Palestinian stadium”, Haaretz Online, 27 November 2009. Available here.

Amira Hass, “What does Israel have against a Palestinian stadium?”, Innovative Minds, 26 November 2009. Available here.

Amira Hass, “State too busy to tear down El Bireh stadium”, Haaretz Online, 18 December 2009. Available here.

Amira Hass, “Settlers devise new strategy to scare away Palestinian neighbors”, Haaretz Online, 3 May 2010. Available here.

See audio recording in Seminar Recordings.

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Seminar No 4: Architecture and Human Rights

Date: Wednesday 28 July 2010, Time: 16.00-19.00, Location: Dar Al-Bader, Battir

Speakers Panel:

Dr. Eyal Weizman, Goldsmith College, University of London (Author of Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation, 2007).

on “Forensic Architecture:  Only the Criminal can Solve the Crime”

Dr. Stefano Harney, Chair in Strategy, Culture and Society, Queen Mary, University of London.

on “Public, Private, Debt, Speculation”

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1. Stefano Harney:

Discussion Questions:

1. How is the public produced and how is the private produced?

2. What is the difference between being public and being in public?

3. How is debt public?  How is credit private?

4. What is the difference between speculation and imagination?

Required Reading:

— Debt and Study by Fred Moten and Stefano Harney in E-Flux. Available here.

— Governance, State, and Living Labour by Stefano Harney. Available here.

— Labour and Language by Paolo Virno. Available here.

2. Eyal Weizman

Required Reading:

— Eyal Weizman, “Forensic Architecture”, CRA Studio Seminar Brief 2009-2010 (unpublished; distributed to participants).

— Eyal Weizman, “Lawfare in Gaza: legislative attack”, Open Democracy, 1 March 2009, Available here.

— Thomas Keenan and Eyal Weizman, “Israel: the third strategic threat”, Open Democracy, 7 June 2010. Available here.

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Seminar No 3: Dispossession, Walls and Legal Battles: The Al-Walaja-Battir Case Study

Date: Wednesday 21 July 2010, Time: 16.00-19.00, Location: Dar Al-Bader, Battir

Speakers Panel:

Mr. Oz Marinov, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bethlehem University

Adv. Ghaith Nasser, Legal Counsel on the Al-Walaja case before the Israeli Supreme Court


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Required Reading:



— ICAHD, Factsheet: Wallajeh Village & Givat Yael Settlement, Jerusalem District. Available here.

— UNRWA, AlWalaja Mini-Profile. Available here.

News articles:

— Nir Hasson, “Efforts to get approval for new Jewish neighborhood in E. J’lem”, Haaretz Online, 27 September 2009 (on the Givat Yael settlement project). Available here.

— Zafrir Rinat and Nir Hasson, “Israel to resume building separation barrier south of Jerusalem”, Haaretz Online, 14 February 2010 (on the beginning of the construction works of the wall). Available here.

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Seminar No 2: International Legal Discourses and Mechanisms

Date: Monday 19 July 2010, Time: 10.00-15.00, Location: Dar Al-Badr, Battir

Speakers Panel:

Victor Kattan, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK (Author of From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict , 1891-1949, 2009).

on “Why History Matters: International Law and the Origins of the Israel-Palestine Conflict”

Dr. Michael Kearney, Al Haq Institute for International Humanitarian & Human Rights Law, Ramallah (Author of The Prohibition of Propaganda for War in International Law, 2007).

on “Lawfare, Legitimacy and Resistance”

Dr. Chantal Meloni, Researcher in Criminal Law, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy; and Legal Officer, Palestinian Center for Human Rights (Author of Command Responsibility in International Criminal Law, 2010).

on “The Misuse of International law: Gaza as a case study”

Salma Karmi-Ayyoub, Al-Haq; and UK Barrister

on “The Practical Avenues for Accountability: A Perspective from Al-Haq’s Work”.

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1. Victor Kattan:

Discussion Questions:

1. Why did the British Government come out in support of Zionism in 1917?

2. What was the role of international law in fomenting the origins of the Israel-Palestine conflict?

3. What did the principle of self-determination amount to in 1917 and how was it applied to the British Mandate of Palestine after 1919?

4. Why was partition proposed as a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict?

5. Why did the Arabs states oppose the 1947 UN Partition Plan and why was it never implemented?

6. Was the creation of Israel in 1948-9 consistent with international law?

Required Reading:

— Victor Kattan, From Coexistence to Conquest:  International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1891-1949 (London: Pluto Books, 2009), Chapters 1 and 6. Available here.

Further Reading:

— Michael Akehurst, ‘The Arab–Israeli Conflict and International Law’ (1973) 5 New Zealand Universities Law Review, pp. 231–49 reproduced in Victor Kattan (ed.), The Palestine Question in International Law (London:  British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2008), at p. 19.

— James Crawford, (1999) “Israel (1948-1949) and Palestine (1998-1999): Two Studies in the Creation of States,” In The Reality of International Law: Essays in Honour of Ian Brownlie, edited by G. S. Goodwin Gill and. S. Talmon. Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 95-124.

— John B. Quigley, Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice, Duke University Press, 1990

— M. Cherif Bassiouni, (2005) Documents on the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Emergence of Conflict in Palestine, the Arab-Israeli Wars and the Peace Process. New York: Transnational.

— Henry Cattan, (1969) Palestine, The Arabs and Israel: The Search for Justice. London: The Longman Group.

— James Gelvin, (2007) The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

— Walid Khalidi, (1987) From Haven to Conquest: Readings in Zionism and the Palestine Problem Until 1948 Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies.

— Benny Morris, (1990) 1948 and After: Israel and the Palestinians Oxford: Clarendon Press.

— Frances R. Nicosia, The Third Reich and the Palestine Question. Austin and London: University of Texas Press and London: I.B. Tauris, 1985, and (paperback) New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2000

— James Renton (2007) The Zionist Masquerade: The Birth of the Anglo-Zionist Alliance, 1914-1918 Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

— Wasserstein, B. (1991) The British in Palestine: The Mandatory Government and the Arab-Jewish Conflict 1917-1929 Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

— Louis W.R, Stookey R.N. (1986) The End of the Palestine Mandate. London: I.B. Tauris.

2. Michael Kearney:

Discussion Questions:

1. Why has international law become central to the conflict in recent years?

2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of using international law as a tool of resistance?

3. What are the underlying themes characterizing the Israeli/ Zionist lawfare discourse?

4. How can we ensure that international law plays a positive role in the quest for justice?

Required Reading:

— Jeff Halper, “The Second Battle of Gaza: Israel’s undermining of international law”, 2009. Available here.

— Michael Kearney, “Locating the HSRC’s Occupation, Colonialism, Apartheid Report in the Context of Lawfare”, 2009. Available here.

3. Chantal Meloni:

Discussion Questions:

1. Presentation of the Gaza situation and its peculiarities within the framework of the Palestinian context.

2. The absolute closure imposed by Israel on Gaza and its aims. A new policy after the Hamas takeover of the Strip?

3. A matter of security? Different dynamics in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory: Annexation v. Separation/isolation/annihilation.

4.  Israel’s practices in Gaza in the light of international law, international criminal law and human rights law.

5. The de facto impunity granted to Israel: Lack of principles or lack of proper implementation mechanisms? A critical evaluation of the international response to Israeli criminal responsibilities.

Required Reading:

— Darryl Li, “The Gaza Strip as Laboratory: Notes in the Wake of Disengagement”, Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 35, no. 2 (Winter 2006), p. 38. Available here.

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