Guest Authors

Valentina Azarov

Valentina Azarov was the program head of the Human Rights and International Law Program at the Al-Quds Bard College, Al-Quds University, Palestine, where she is currently a lecturer on leave. She formerly worked as a legal researcher with Al-Haq, whom she continues to advise, and with HaMoked – Center for the Defence of the Individual. She obtained an LLB in European Legal Studies (Honours) from the University of Westminster in London, and a Certificate of Transnational Law from the University of Geneva.

Khalil Nakhleh

Khalil Nakhleh is a Palestinian anthropologist from the Galilee, Israel/Palestine, with a Ph.D. from Indiana University, US. His main academic and applied preoccupations focused on how to transform Palestinian society and people from an occupied, colonized, and fragmented society to a liberated, productive, free, and self-generating society, not dependent on external financial aid.  Dr.

Esther Rappaport

Dr. Esther Rappaport is a clinical psychologist practicing independently in Tel Aviv. She teaches and writes on critical psychology, psychoanalytic theory, culture and gender. She is an anti-Occupation activist with the Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) and a member of its board, as well as an activist with Psychoactive - Mental Health Professionals for Human Rights. CWP is a Tel Aviv-based feminist organization that resists the Israeli Occupation and colonial policies in the region and supports the Palestinian right of return.

Vivien Sansour

Vivien Sansour is a writer, producer, and photographer living in Beit Jala. She has worked with farmers in the field for over six years, capturing their stories for the wider world. She is currently a doctoral candidate for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University.

Rosemary Sayigh

Rosemary Sayigh is the author of Palestinians: From Peasants to Revolutionaries (1979); Too Many Enemies: the Palestinian Experience in Lebanon (1994); Voices: Palestinian Women Narrate Displacement. She currently teaches oral history and anthropology at the Center for Arab and Middle East Studies, AUB.

Aimee Shalan

Aimee Shalan is Director of the Friends of Birzeit University (Fobzu), a UK-based charity that supports the right to education and its role in the wider development of Palestinian society. She was formerly Director of Advocacy and Communications at Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), and prior to that she was Head of Education at the Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu). For seven years she was a regular contributor to the Guardian Review and she has written for a variety of media outlets.

Cecilie Surasky

Cecilie Surasky is the Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, a national grassroots organization dedicated to promoting a US foreign policy in the Middle East based on peace, democracy, human rights and respect for international law. A former newspaper columnist, talk radio host and communications consultant, Cecilie's analyses of Israel-Palestine politics have appeared in numerous media outlets around the world. Cecilie graduated from Brown University with a BA in Religious Studies with special honors in Modern Culture and Media.

Mandy Turner

Mandy Turner is the director of the Kenyon Institute (Council for British Research in the Levant) in East Jerusalem. She works on the political economy of development in war-torn societies with a country focus on the occupied Palestinian territory. She is co-editor of The Palestinian People and the Political Economy of De-development: Contesting Colonization, Negating Neoliberalism (with O. Shweiki), Routledge, 2013 (forthcoming), and co-editor of Whose Peace? Critical Perspectives on the Political Economy of Peacebuilding (with M. Pugh and N.

Jeremy Wildeman

Jeremy Wildeman (B.A. Saskatchewan, M.A. McMaster) is a PhD candidate in the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, where he is conducting research into the effects of foreign aid on Palestinians. Previously he co-founded and managed the internationally registered, West Bank-based charity for Palestinian youth "Project Hope" ( He is a committee member for the International Relations Blog "ThinkIR" ('

Rami Zurayk

Rami Zurayk is professor of Ecosystem Management in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB), and author of Food, Farming and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring, and War Diary: Lebanon 2006, among other titles. He is a longtime activist for political and social justice. Zurayk's current research focuses on the relationship between landscapes and livelihoods, on food politics, and on local food systems.