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Palestinians living on different sides of the Green Line make up approximately one-fifth of Israeli citizens and about four-fifths of the population of the West Bank. Activists in both groups assert that they share a single political struggle for national liberation. Yet, obstacles inhibit their ability to speak to each other and as a collective. Geopolitical boundaries fragment Palestinians into ever smaller groups. Crossing a Line enters the distinct environments for political expression and action of Palestinians who carry Israeli citizenship and Palestinians subject to Israeli military occupation in the West Bank.


Amahl Bishara looks to sites of political practice—journalism, historical commemorations, street demonstrations, social media, in prison, and on the road—to analyze how Palestinians create collectivities as they are differently impacted by displacement, settler colonialism, and militarism. She draws on research experience, interviews, and media to examine how people shape and reshape meanings and relations through mourning, creativity, and care practices. In considering these different environments for political expression and action, Bishara illuminates how expression is always grounded in place and in the body—yet how a people can struggle for liberation together even when they cannot join in protest together.

For those interested in attending this lecture in person, please pre-register at:  go/bishara

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Arabic; History of Arts and Architecture; History; Students for Justice in Palestine
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