Where is Palestine in Critical Terrorism Studies? A roundtable conversation

The journal Critical Studies on Terrorism has published a paper including the subject of how Prevent targets activity related to Palestine and Palestinians. Prevent Watch contributed expertise and cases to the discussions that produced the paper.

The discussions were co-hosted by the BISA Critical Terrorism Studies Working Group and the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) under the title “Terrorism, Counter-terrorism, and the permissibility of violence” and were convened by Neve Gordon, Amy Brickhill, and Paola Rivetti. They centred on:

  1. the exclusion of Palestine from the critical study of “terrorism” and
  2. the significance of the Palestinian struggle for liberation for all researchers invested in the critical study of “terrorism”.

An excerpt from the abstract follows:

“Our ethical responsibilities as researchers within or related to the study of “terrorism” could not be clearer than in moments when the “terrorism” label is used to justify mass killing and destruction. The state of Israel has relentlessly continued to bombard Gaza since 7 October 2023 and, with the support of Western nations, built consensus around framing all Palestinians as (potential) terrorists. In light of the horrors that the world is witnessing today, and the lack of engagement with Palestine in Critical Terrorism Studies research, we ask, how does – and should – Palestine feature in Critical Terrorism Studies scholarship? How can we, as researchers and educators, facilitate deeper conversations that challenge hegemonic and racist framings of “terrorism”?”

You can find the full journal article here.


The People’s Review of Prevent

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