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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


Latest from ISS research fellow Omar Barghouti

New-York-Times-LogoIsraeli Extremism Will Encourage Global Boycott

Shedding democratic pretenses and adopting unmasked colonial policies will enhance a movement that’s been a serious threat to Israel.

Omar Barghouti*
New York Times – May 8, 2015


Israel has elected the most fanatic governments in its history. But many Palestinian human rights activists and politicians expect this government, an unpalatable cocktail of right, far-right and fundamentalist Jewish parties, to be the mother of all silver-lined clouds.

This drastic shift to the right cannot, in the short term, bode well for Palestinians languishing under Israel’s regime of oppression. The siege of Gaza, the illegal construction of settlements, especially in Jerusalem, the destruction of Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley and the Naqab (Negev) will get worse, exacting an even steeper human price.


GGSJ Affiliated Researcher, Omar Barghouti, contributed to the New York Times opinion pages as part of a debate on recognizing a Palestinian state.


Recognition of a Palestinian State Without Full Rights Is Meaningless

Omar Barghouti is a Palestinian activist and one of the founders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. He is the author of “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights.”

October 16, 2014  Source.

The British Parliament’s overwhelming vote to recognize a “State of Palestine” may indeed be a sign of “where the wind is blowing,” as the British ambassador to Tel Aviv has commented – a reflection of the significant erosion of public support for Israel’s regime of occupation and denial of Palestinian rights. But it should not be seen in black and white.


Report on Palestinian Children in Israeli detention discussed at ‘De Balie’, Amsterdam

De_BalieOn Wednesday evening 25 June 2014 ISS professor of international law and development and senior GGSJ researcher Karin Arts participated in a well-attended public debate at De Balie.

The debate, moderated by the senior CDA politician Tineke Lodders, addressed the situation of Palestinian children in Israeli detention. It was triggered by the recent report on this matter (in Dutch – translation forthcoming) that was produced by a Dutch multidisciplinary expert group.

After short introductions to the report by three members of this expert group, former Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Professor Jaap Doek, Professor Peter van der Laan (Vrije Universiteit) and Professor Karin Arts, the discussion focussed on the role and responsibilities of the Dutch government.

Dutch MPs Han ten Broeke (VVD – Liberal Party) and Michiel Servaes (PVDA – Labour Party) explained what parliament has done so far to draw the attention of the Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs to the subject and what their take was on the subject. After a lively debate with many interventions from the audience as well, a suggestion was tabled to try and find a way to request regular (e.g 6 monthly) reporting on relevant developments to the second chamber of the Dutch parliament.

Journalist Tijmen van Rooijen published a small feature on this debate in the Saturday edition of the Dutch national newspaper ‘Het Parool’ (28 June 2014, p. 41) in which he reported the following quotes (translated from Dutch):


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