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Knowledge as a tool for liberation: Economy and culture as violent colonialist tools.

Investigation of Israeli occupation to produce thoroughly examined information and knowledge faithful to the local Palestinian narrative through written material, maps and infographics, and conference dissemination.

The Investigation will focus on the Israeli occupation policies of displacement aiming to empty Jerusalem of its Palestinian residents, in addition to other aspects of colonial control over the Palestinian population in the city. The importance is to create fertile grounds for discussing and planning long term strategies to counter them, as historical knowledge and education about our past and present serves as a starting point in our community organising and mobilisation towards freedom, justice and self-determination.

Seminar invitation text translation (image above): ‘Grassroots Jerusalem is Honored to Invite you to participate in a seminar titled Colonial Violence in Jerusalem – Culture, Economy, Al-Aqsa – Monday 05 December 2022 at 16:30 at the Educational Bookshop.’

Our project will produce thoroughly examined information and knowledge faithful to the local Palestinian narrative, to counter the misinformation spread about the reality of the lives of the Palestinians today in the Jerusalem District, by the Israeli propaganda. The role of knowledge in Jerusalem is crucial for many aspects of life for the people in it.  Knowledge contributes to the residents themselves; this information describes their history and present true to their voice and can be used by them to demand their rights, organise together, and struggle against atrocities they face.  Many other researchers, universities, organisations, movements and scholars who study Palestine, and Jerusalem specifically refer to our information, and this research would be a significant additional resource.

Main outcomes:

  • Writing a chapter about the political reality lived by Palestinians in Jerusalem, for the Arabic version of our book: Wujood.
  • Writing three articles with an in-depth study of three main themes about colonial violence in Jerusalem: Economic colonial policies, culture and cultural colonisation, and recent history of Al-Aqsa mosque.
  • Maps and infographics that illustrate and summarise the gathered information in this research.
  • Conference

Our publications are strategically marketed globally, both in Arabic and English, therefore, we hope this new information will further educate the active civil societies and interested academia around the world with its unique approach and new insights.

“With the early 2000s, the Israeli occupation authorities stepped up their closures of Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem, shutting down nine organizations between 2001 and 2002, including the Arab Studies Society. In 2009, 28 organizations were shut down in the city, including Orient House, whose activity, and that of other Palestinian institutions in the city, was barred through a law adopted by the Israeli Knesset in the wake of the Oslo agreements. Among the other institutions that were shut down that same year was a social and women’s affairs ministry directorate, the housing council, education directorate and Nidal center for community development.”

Cultural Article


The Israeli occupation has developed and still does policies that tackles all aspects of the life of the Palestinians in Jerusalem with the aim to make their lives harder. Those policies fragment communities, lead to home demolitions, target organising work, revoke residencies, limit movement, manipulate education, suffocate the economy and more. The intention is to make daily life very hard which would lead to their deportation of the city or them leaving to find decent life somewhere else. These aggressive and violent measures serve the occupation’s greater goal to Israelise the city and erase its Palestinian and Arab identity.

This project examined those policies in Economy, Culture and Religion, where three academic articles were created and published in those disciplines. The articles were researched in Arabic and translated to English, and then published. A launch event presented the outcomes of the project, and explained our approach to investigating Jerusalem. These papers are available for the use of the active community as tools of knowledge that would help them organise, strategise and advocate for their communities in their activism. Moreover, it would help and encourage further investigation in a similar manner by other civil society organisations and individual researchers which is always needed since there is constant change and development in this context that needs to be addressed.

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Asma Odetallah


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Hanadi Adameh


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Yazan Risheq

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