Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971


Disavowing Israeli Apartheid

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Countering Christian Zionism in the Age of Trump

Countering Christian Zionism in the Age of Trump

Mimi Kirk 08.8.2019

One of the most powerful forces behind President Trump’s fervent embrace of Israel is the millions of Christian Zionists who believe that the establishment of a Jewish ethnostate in Palestine is a requirement for the fulfillment of end-times prophecies. But a growing movement of Christians is beginning to challenge this tenuous theology. Mimi Kirk explains how.

Egypt’s Arrested Digital Spaces

Samuel Woodhams 07.22.2019

Egypt’s President Sisi has acquired sophisticated technological capabilities to block internet activity, passed restrictive internet legislation and now surveils users and censors content on a scale never seen before. Much of this has been facilitated by Western allies who have been more than happy to sell potentially repressive technologies to the authoritarian regime, emboldening Sisi’s attempts to eliminate freedom of expression in Egypt.

How One Palestinian University is Remaking ‘Israel Studies’

Rebecca L. Stein 05.16.2019

At Birzeit University in the Israeli occupied West Bank, students and faculty are fundamentally remaking the dominant paradigm of Israel Studies as it has been configured in the United States and increasingly in Great Britain, with its proud “advocacy” mandate on behalf of the Israeli state. Birzeit’s program turns this paradigm inside out, providing students with a radical alternative: a settler-colonial framework is central within the curriculum, as is a comparative analytic framework.

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The New Landscape of Intervention

Spring 2019
This issue of Middle East Report identifies new methods through which powerful states and transnational actors intervene across the region.  These are found under the guise of humanitarian assistance, democracy promotion or border security—as well as through new methods like urban planning, infrastructure development, crisis research and deprivation—what might also be called biopolitical interventions.  While we still see traditional forms of imperial intervention through direct military force, there are increasingly new forms of intervention that must be understood, assessed and mapped.


One of MERIP’s signature issues over the years has been the question of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict—partly because of its intrinsic interest but largely because so much myth and cant clouds the mainstream media coverage of this subject that independent analysis is particularly necessary. This primer by Joel Beinin and Lisa Hajjar is a good place to start in understanding what is at stake as events unfold.


Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult and the Return of the Lebanese Civil War

The ongoing war in Syria has not only thrown new light on the Lebanese civil war but also threatened to inflame tensions that had been at the heart of the Lebanese conflict and remain unresolved: political sectarianism, state collapse and the persistence of the Palestinian refugee problem.


Background to Ongoing Protests in Sudan

Background to Ongoing Protests in Sudan

Anti-government protests have rocked Sudan since the beginning of 2019, with police crackdowns leaving dozens of dead and many wounded. Large crowds have taken to the streets across the country to denounce a government decision in December to triple the price of bread and to demand the end of President Omar al-Bashir’s regime.The following articles and interviews offer accounts of earlier protests and regime repression as well as an overview of US policy toward Sudan leading up to the secession of South Sudan in 2011.


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