Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

This issue includes one article, an interview with the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti, and a special Review Symposium of Elia Zureik's new work on Israel's colonial project in Palestine. The article, review, and symposium remind us of the centrality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and emigration in times of crises and war.

Murat Agdemir's "All Quiet on the Western Front: The Outcome of Israel's 2015 March Elections and the Peace Process" discusses the prospects for peace within the two-state framework. The author concludes that the extreme right-wing make up of the recent Netanyahu government and the movement of the Israeli public toward the right wing, dim the prospects for peace.

In Tahrir Hamdi's "The Power of Poetry to Travel: An Interview with Mourid Barghouti," the Palestinian poet discusses the role of poetry in social and political change: "poetry works like a slow-release medicine for the mind and the soul of the receiver. …

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