An essay by renowned Israeli academic Gershon Shafir has been translated and released in Arabic by Mada al Carmel. The translation was carried out by the writer and activist Antoine Shalhat, who has formerly served as a member on Mada’s board. Whilst Shafir’s article is not newly published, Mada’s research committee took the decision to have it translated on the grounds that it is extremely relevant to the current moment, and should be made accessible to scholars and academics working in the Arabic language. It is vital to give consideration to both historical and contemporary processes of colonisation, colonial domination and control when assessing racism and inequality in Israel, the US and Europe today.


Click here to read the full text (Arabic only).

Mada al Carmel has announced the opening of registration for its Doctoral Student conference, to be held on Saturday 25th of July. The conference aims to support Palestinian PhD students and candidates, providing them with a platform to present research and participate in academic discussion and debate. It is an opportunity for up and coming Palestinian scholars to develop presentation skills, network with prominent Palestinian academics, and receive feedback on research.

Registration closes on Thursday 2nd July.


This position paper argues for a considered and specific approach to redressing some of the problems that the Coronavirus crisis has thrown up for Israel’s Palestinian community, with a particular focus on the Bedouins of the Naqab. These marginalised groups have suffered greatly from the economic and social impact of the virus. The paper’s author, Ibrahim Ismail Abu Ajaj, calls for a plan of action which pays heed to the particular structural inequalities and discriminatory policies endured by Palestinians in Israel, which have rendered them more vulnerable to the long-term fallout of the virus.

We would like to introduce to you the fifth online lecture of Mada’s series of lectures called “Politics in the Time of Corona.” This lecture, titled “The Deal of the Century in the Post-Colonial Period,” was presented by Prof. Ilan Pappé, Director of the European Center for Palestine Studies. It was the first lecture in the series to be held at Mada’s office in Haifa since the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis. Areen Hawari, the coordinator of the PhD student support program at Mada, introduced and welcomed Prof. Pappé, emphasizing that it is not a coincidence that Mada is hosting Professor Pappé in the week in which we are commemorating the Nakba.  Prof. Pappé has written extensively about Palestinian history and about the Nakba, most notably in his seminal work The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.

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As part of Mada al Carmel’s ongoing lecture series, “Politics in the time of Coronavirus”, researcher Ahmad Mahmood of the Hebrew University has given a lecture examining how Palestinians are represented during pandemics. Focusing on the local history of Haifa, Mahmood draws a comparison between the current Coronavirus pandemic and a Cholera outbreak which befell the city in 1911, when Palestine was under Ottoman rule. He argues that the history of diseases in Palestine has not been sufficiently studied in Arabic-language scholarship, thus leaving a knowledge gap in which non-Arabic sources predominate, with those sources often drawing on Orientalist stereotypes when describing Arab community responses to disease.


Mada al-Carmel has recently published the 37th edition of its online journal Jadal. It features essays from Palestinian doctoral students who participated in Mada’s 2019 PhD student seminar. In their introduction to the edition, editors Areen Hawari and Dr. Mohanned Mustafa describe the importance of generating rigorous Arabic-language scholarship, and promoting Palestinian perspectives in academia. This is particularly vital with regards to the research of Palestinian scholars who live inside the Green Line and who work in Israeli universities often dominated by Israeli perspectives and theoretical approaches.

The articles contained in this edition centre on three main areas: historical approaches to Palestine and Palestinian issues; religion and identity, with a particular focus on Palestinian Muslim women; and health and education in Israel from the perspective of the Palestinian community.

Jadal no.37 is available to download here (Arabic only).

As part of Mada al-Carmel’s series ‘Politics in the time of Coronavirus’, Dr Osama Tanus, paediatrician and doctoral student of public health, has given an online lecture exploring the implications of settler colonial practices on the current Coronavirus crisis. Drawing on the analysis of the Marxist scholar David Harvey, Tanus sets out a case for critiquing our understanding of ‘natural disasters’ like viruses. Whilst viruses exist in nature, the recent wave in highly contagious viral mutations like Ebola and Coronavirus are largely driven by ‘un-natural’ human interventions, and are spread rapidly by human means.

Tanus builds on this by pointing to the unequal impact of diseases in colonial contexts around the world: more often than not, indigenous populations suffer disproportionate rates of illness and infection. Palestinian communities in Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories have suffered from higher rates of Coronavirus infections. The alienation of Palestinians in their own land and loss of Palestinian sovereignty, as well as problems accessing healthcare and Arabic-language information about Coronavirus, all have a role to play in evaluating why this might be the case.

Watch the lecture (in Arabic) here.