"Sectarianism" has fast become the buzz word of the 21st century Middle East politics; rolled out and dusted off every time a journalist or political analyst wants to make a pseudo-intellectual statement about intercommunal violence in the region. Much like Samuel Huntingdon's much-denounced "clash of civilisations" thesis, the use of sectarianism as an explanatory mechanism for politico-religious turmoil in the Arab world and wider Middle East posits some form of deeper, primordial drive that turns communities against each other and former friends and neighbours into enemies.
Why can't I be a Sushi? New film project challenges the stereotypes of sectarianism
- 26 June 2015
- Emmanuela Eposti
Gaza's amazing dinosaur attraction takes you back millions of years
- 22 June 2015
- Motasem Dalloul
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Since 2006, zoos and parks full of different kinds of attraction have become a prominent feature across the Gaza Strip. Visitors may spend hours touring around without feeling bored. When they chance upon moving creatures believed to have been extinct for 200 million years they are surprised, and the cameras come out to preserve the taste of life in the past.
HRW report highlights mistreatment of children in Israeli settlement farms
- 13 April 2015
- Jessica Purkiss
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has published a report entitled: "Ripe for Abuse: Palestinian Child Labour in Israeli Agricultural Settlements in the West Bank". The 74-page report is based upon interviews with 38 children and 12 adults in Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley. Of these children, 33 had dropped out of school and were working full-time on Israeli settlements.
A tale of two marathons - and a microcosm of Israeli Apartheid
- 09 April 2015
- Ben White
The West Bank was cut in two today so Israeli settlers could run a marathon. For seven hours, from 6am to 1pm, Israeli forces shut down the Palestinians' main north-south road in order to facilitate the 'Bible Marathon', a race that cut east across the West Bank and finished at Shilo settlement.
Racial supremacy in anti-racist movements
- 03 April 2015
- Diana Alghoul
"Okay then, so where exactly are you from originally?"
From my accent, it's obvious that I'm born and bred in Britain. People can also tell just by looking at me that I haven't lived anywhere outside my home city that is my beautiful London. To some, my Semitic features stand out, but most can tell that although I'm "white", I don't have the "normal" Anglo-Saxon features; not enough to identify my racial background, though. So when I tell them that my ancestral roots are Palestinian, I get mixed reactions. One of many is being told that the struggle of my native country is something people can relate to; that makes me smile, although I can't help but feel a little guilty at times.