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On 8 July 2016, GGSJ Researcher Mohammed Omer Almoghayer successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the Paleiskerk in The Hague.

Omer_promotionteamWith the title Beyond factionalism: cultural and children’s programs on Palestinian satellite television Dr. Omer Almoghayer argued his thesis, which was supervised by Professor Karin Arts (ISS), Professor Dick Douwes (EUR) and Dr. Helen Hintjens, on the production of Palestinian satellite television in the contemporary era. As noted in the abstract to his thesis:

it interrogates the ways in which factors beyond simple factional politics come to impact the creation of cultural and children’s programming even in the highly charged political environment of the Palestinian territories. Combining close content analysis with qualitative, in depth producer interviews, the dissertation argues that overtly factional media outlets are subject to the technological, social, and economic motivations and limitations theorized by Julie D’Acci, Herbert Ganz, Todd Gitlin, and others. In particular, changes in audience reach and production techniques, the evolution of Israeli occupation, and the emergence of a new discourse of ‘Palestinianism’ have impacted programming in ways that temper the role of pure factional politics and propaganda.

The Management Team of GGSJ heartily congratulates Dr. Omer Almoghayer on his successful defence and wishes him all the very best in his future career!



GGSJ Junior (PhD) Researcher and Prominent Journalist, Mohamed Omer, has published a new book.

Shellshocked-cover-The book, which was launched in Gaza City in August 2015 is entitled Shell-Shocked: On The Ground Under Israel’s Gaza Assault and is an exhaustive account of Israel’s so-called Operation Protective Edge, launched in early July 2014. As Omer explains:

“this was the third major Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip in six years. It was also the most deadly. By the conclusion of hostilities some seven weeks later, 2,200 of Gaza’s population had been killed, and more than 10,000 injured.”

Already the book has received acclaim from a host of prominent academics and journalists, including Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, John Pilger and Jon Snow.

More information about the book is available on the publisher’s website.

Omer also published an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, which was published on 24 August 2015.MOmerbooklaunch


cda_displayimageGGSJ researcher Jeff Handmaker has published a chapter in a book edited by Marielle Matthee, Brigit Toebes and Marcel Brus.

The chapter is entitled “In Search of a Human Face in the Middle East: Addressing Israeli Impunity for War Crimes“, forming part of a collection entitled Armed Conflict and International Law: In Search of the Human Face, published by T.M.C Asser Press and distributed by Springer. The book is a Liber Amicorum to honour the late Avril McDonald.


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