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After Abu Ghraib

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Huda Alawazi | The Guardian | 20/9/2004 Huda Alazawi was one of the few women held in solitary in the notorious Iraqi prison. Following her release, she talks for the first time to Luke Harding about her ordeal It began with a phone call. In November last year 39-year-old Huda Alazawi, a wealthy Baghdad businesswoman, received a demand from an Iraqi informant. He was working for the Americans in Adhamiya, a Sunni district of Baghdad well known for its hostility towards the US occupation.

He's Just Sleeping, I Kept Telling Myself

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Ghayth Abdul Ahad | The Guardian | 14/9/2004 It started with a phone call early on Sunday morning: "Big pile of smoke over Haifa Street." Still half asleep I put on my jeans, cursing those insurgents who do their stuff in the early morning. What if I just go back to bed, I thought - by the time I will be there it will be over.

A Journey into the Epicenter of the Sadr Standoff

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Scott Baldauf | Christian Science Monitor | 21 August 2004 NAJAF, IRAQ – Technically speaking, what we were about to do was more than risky. It was foolish. But we told ourselves that it was a risk for a cause. Thursday, several journalists and I began organizing a delegation to enter the Imam Ali Shrine in Najaf. We had two goals: First, to seek what may be the final comments of the top leadership of Moqtada al-Sadr's Shiite militia, the Mahdi Army, who were taking shelter in the holy site.

NYC Protests Sharon Rally at Baruch College

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Genug | NYC Indeymedia | May 22, 2005 A group of Jewish community human rights activists descended in protest on a highly-touted rally today featuring Israeli PM Ariel Sharon. Crying "Stop the mishegos [craziness], end the occupation!" the activists asked the crowd of executives of major Jewish organizations: "which of you will represent the Jews who want peace?" "This rally doesn't show that American Jews support Sharon's bloody plan to annex the major settlements and shut Palestinians out of Jerusalem forever -- it just shows that there are 1000 American Jews with the means to put on a big show, and say they're speaking for the rest of us,"

The Academic Boycott of Israel

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Document prepared by Mona Baker The academic boycott is part of a comprehensive civil society programme of boycott and divestment aimed at exerting international pressure on Israel . Some colleagues who support an economic boycott of Israel find the idea of an academic boycott unacceptable, for various reasons. Some of these reasons are addressed below. On the whole, however, as Ilan Pappe (an Israeli scholar) puts it, [1]

Message to Colleagues in Translation Studies

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Translation is a matter of intercultural communication, yes. But, as has been widely demonstrated in recent years, it also involves questions of power relations, and of forms of domination. It cannot therefore avoid political issues, or questions about its own links to current forms of power. Robert Young, Postcolonial Theorist, University of Oxford Since the academic and cultural boycott of Israel began to gain strength, around the second half of 2002, many scholars have been at pains to argue that politics and academia don’t mix.

Personal Statement on Boycott by Mona Baker

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) To fully understand the reasons for the growing campaign of boycott of Israeli institutions, as well as my own position, it helps to know something about the history of the conflict. You might like to consult some sources by renowned Israeli scholars, for example Ilan Pappe's The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians (Routledge, 2006), and Jewish activists, for example The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict, by Jews for Justice in the Middle East.

Mona Baker: On the Distinction between Institutions and Individuals

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Mona Baker | Resisting Israeli Apartheid conference (London) | 5 December 2004 [Note: French translation available here.] Abstract. The debate on the boycott of Israeli academic institutions has been dominated from the start by the controversy over the distinction between institutions and individuals. Numerous supporters of the boycott have argued either for excluding from the boycott individual scholars who oppose their government's policies or boycotting only those scholars who actively support the Zionist enterprise.

Ilan Pappe: The Meaning and Objectives of the Academic Boycott

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Ilan Pappe | Resisting Israeli Apartheid conference | 5 December 2004 [Note: French translation available here.] When I first heard of the initiative to collect signatures for a boycott petition (initiated by Hillary and Stephen Rose in London) I did not hesitate and added my name. I was also convinced that the hundred to hundred and fifty Israeli academics who usually add their names to petitions and initiatives against the occupation and in support of the ‘refusniks', would do the same.