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New Naratif for Palestine: A List of Resources

The world is witnessing the atrocities happening in Palestine, yet knowledge remains limited and, in some cases, censored. This page is a living document curating information on the issue and its relevance for Southeast Asia.

This living document was last updated in November 2023.

New Naratif for Palestine aims to support you with verified sources to better understand the Israeli occupation of Palestine that has been going on for well over 70 years. We’ve compiled online articles—including ones from New Naratif’s own platform—as well as books, videos, podcasts, and more to aid your learning journey about what’s happening in Palestine.

Why is it important for people in Southeast Asia to learn about what is happening in Palestine?

Israel is currently the settler colony of Palestine, which means that they aim to claim sovereignty through the eradication and erasure of native sovereignty. For the people of Southeast Asia, this isn’t a foreign concept. Nearly all countries in the region have been victims of colonialism for hundreds of years and have also fought for liberation through many anti-colonial efforts. 

Self-determination is the heart of democracy. Everyone has the right to determine their own lives, and freedom itself is a collective project. Southeast Asians’ fight against colonisation is not an isolated effort; it requires a transnational solidarity that is in solidarity with the marginalised around the globe, including the people of Palestine.

Israeli Occupation of Palestine 101

In this section, we’ve curated several links providing basic information on the situation in colonised Palestine. They cover several grounds, including the long occupational history between Israel and Palestine and the current situation in Gaza.

With saturated information on the conflict, it is difficult to find verified sources about the situation on the ground. We’d recommend you follow these independent journalists for regular updates and first-hand reporting from Palestine:

New Naratif Publications Related to the Palestine-Israel Discussion

New Naratif’s focus has always been on democratising democracy in Southeast Asia. We also believe what is happening in Southeast Asia is always related and intersectional to what happened outside Southeast Asia, so it’s impossible to talk about democracy in Southeast Asia without addressing what kind of anti-democratic practices and power hold us back from reaching a democracy.

In this specific issue, New Naratif has published several outputs which describe the connection between what is happening in Palestine-Israel and Southeast Asia. Here are our publications:

Israeli Spyware in Southeast Asia

Israel is well-known for its military-industrial complex. One of the things rarely talked about is how Israel uses the occupied, Palestinian territories, as a testing ground for weaponry and surveillance technology. Israel sells surveillance technologies to Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar’s junta, which strengthens the anti-democratic and authoritarianism in Southeast Asia.

Here are several of our publications on the issue.

Forced Displacement

The views on Palestine-Israel in Southeast Asia differ greatly from one country to another. Leaders of Muslim-majority countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, tend to support Palestine, with the discussion being turned into one of identity politics, i.e. a war between religion and race, when the truth begs to differ. Forced displacement is a major issue in the conflict. Indonesia and Malaysia thus show their hypocrisy. Despite their support towards Palestine, they continue to deny the rights of refugees in their own countries.

Here are some publications on this issue:

Understanding Deeper

We have also gathered some resources to help you understand deeper about what has been happening in Palestine, Israel’s settler-colonialism, and Palestinians’ long history of resistance. 

These sources provide a more balanced view on the issue:

Debunking Myths

In the middle of what is happening in Palestine-Israel, we encounter many myths and disinformation on the media and social media. These books and articles provide critical elaborations against the construction of Israeli colonial myths and what is going on in the region:

  • Myths database (introductory series by Decolonize Palestine). In this continuously growing database organised by Decolonize Palestine, you can find a debunked list of the leading myths and talking points in questioning Palestine’s sovereignty. 
  • Ten Myths About Israel (book). In this book, Israeli historian Ilan Pappe investigates the ‘ten myths’ supporting Israel’s status quo. These myths are often propagated by the media, imposed by military forces, and accepted without question by many of the world’s leaders. From the claim of the ’empty land’ in the Balfour Declaration to the present justification of attacks on Gaza, Pappe highlights how the two-state solution will not succeed.
  • Blaming the Victims: Spurious Scholarship and the Palestinian Question (book). In this compilation of writings edited by Christopher Hitchens and Edward W. Said, several scholars stress how Israel and US territorial annexation have so far been justified, furthermore reinforced, by several academic attempts. The book also shows how the dominant academic world has been one of the realms in which the reality of the Palestinians is suppressed.
  • Disinformation in social media (article). Alt News is one of the media focused on fact-checking disinformation and false information on social media. Since 7 October 2023,  Alt News has focused on fact-checking information flooding social media on what is happening in Palestine-Israel.

Intersectional Perspectives

The following resources and solidarity outlets highlight critical intersectional perspectives on Palestinian liberation.

Queer Perspectives

  • Queers in Palestine (instagram) (website) is a channel of Palestinians’ anti-colonial queer liberation movement and demands.
  • Queering the Map: Stories of queer people in Palestine (instagram) (website) is a community-generated counter-mapping platform for digitally archiving LGBTQIA+ experience in relation to physical space.
  • Rainbow washing (article series by Decolonize Palestine). In this series, Decolonize Palestine debunks Israel’s common claims of being a democratic power. The series lists six prominent claims and strategies often used by Israel as well as its supporting organisations and states to deflect attention from their harmful practices:
    • Redwashing (by depicting the image of progressive politics);
    • Greenwashing (by appealing to environmentalism);
    • Bluewashing (by using humanitarian aid campaigns);
    • Purplewashing (by propagating feminist rhetoric);
    • Pinkwashing (by promoting LGBTQ+ rights); and
    • Faithwashing (by signalling interfaith dialogue).

Climate Justice

  • The Slow Factory (instagram) (website) is an organisation which generates modes of open education focusing on the intersecting crises of climate justice and social inequity.

Political Economy

  • The Palestine Laboratory (book). Independent journalist Antony Loewenstein investigates how Israel’s military-industrial complex uses the occupied, Palestinian territories as a testing ground for weaponry and surveillance technology. Loewenstein also shows how Israel’s surveillance technology benefits and is used by Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia and Thailand.
  • The Ben Gurion Canal Plan (explainer article). This article highlights the significance of the controversial Ben Gurion Canal Project behind Israel’s onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip. Ben Gurion Canal Project was originally proposed in the 1960s as an alternative to the Suez Canal in Egypt.

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement

Extensive History

  • Al Nakba (documentary series). This four-part documentary series published by Al Jazeera explains the overarching history of the ‘nakba’, meaning the ‘catastrophe’, in 1948 that stretches until today’s operations of ethnic cleansing. Extensively, the series begins with a sweeping history that goes back to two centuries ago, in 1799, when Napoleon besieged the city of Ottoman-controlled Palestine to defeat the Ottomans and promote the region as a homeland for the Jewish people under French protection, in search of allies. The documentary boils down to the overlooked factor behind the Nakba: British old imperial power. 
  • The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017, is a book by Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian-American historian of the Middle East. This book traces a hundred years of colonial war on the Palestinians, waged first by the Zionist movement and then Israel, but backed by Britain and the United States, the great powers of the age. Watch Khalidi’s lecture about the book here.

Media Freedom 

Centering Palestinian Voices

  • Light in Gaza (book) is an anthology by eleven Palestinian writers, poets, and artists as a collective effort to organise and centre Palestinian experiences in the ongoing liberation struggle. It explores the imagination of a future for Gaza beyond occupation and apartheid.
  • Minor Detail (book) is a novel by Palestinian writer Adania Shibli. The story begins a year after the 1948 Nakba when a young Palestine Bedouine woman was raped and murdered by Israeli soldiers. Many years later, a woman in Ramallah becomes obsessed with this ‘minor detail’ of history. Narrated within different periods of history, this book tells Palestine’s persistent experience of erasure.
  • Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation (book) is a collection of firsthand stories of people in the West Bank and Gaza. Here, they describe how their lives have been shaped by the occupation.
  • Born in Gaza (documentary) is a documentary which intimately follows the story of 10 Palestinian children living in Gaza. This documentary was filmed in 2014, shortly after the Israeli attacks on Gaza.

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