More than 1,800 Palestinian prisoners launched an open-ended hunger strike on April 17, 2017. Over 150 of them were hospitalized with ill health and some in very critical conditions. Pressure on Israel by first Palestinians who took to the streets every day and international organizations drew attention to the political prisoners at the core of the Palestinian liberation struggle. This affects every Palestinian family and enters their everyday lives – be they living under occupation or inside Israel.
We turn to voices on the ground that are being silenced. Nahla Abdo’s work on Palestinian women, “Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women’s Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System”, emphasizes why it is important to hear these women’s stories today. What role do we have to play as members of the international and Jewish community acting in solidarity with Palestine?
Dr. Nahla Abdo is an Arab Canadian feminist and political activist and Professor of Sociology at Carleton University. She has given numerous talks and media interviews on events in the Middle East. She has extensive publications on anti-colonial feminism, racism, nationalism and the State in the Middle East with special focus on Palestinians. She has received several research awards. Among her recent publications: Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women’s Anti-Colonial Struggle within the Israeli Prison System (Pluto 2014) –which received the Times Higher Education Book of 2014; Women in Israel: Race, Gender, and Citizenship (Zed Books, 2011); Violence in the Name of Honour: Theoretical and Political Challenges, (with Shahrzad Mojab – 2004) and Women and the Politics of Military Confrontation: Palestinian and Israeli Gendered Narratives of Dislocation, (with Ronit Lentin 2002). In addition to these books Professor Abdo has published numerous articles in international academic journals.
Anna Tyshkov is a young scholar / activist living in Montreal. She received a Joint Honors degree in Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, Feminisms, and Social Justice Studies from McGill University. She is also co-founder of the student chapter of Independent Jewish Voices at McGill. Her interests include women’s liberation movements, oral history, and decolonial ethnographic research in Palestine.