Israeli aggression in Sheikh Jarrah has cast the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood into the international spotlight. Videos celebrating Palestinian resistance tactics, capturing the horrors of airstrikes in Gaza, and detailing intrusions upon Masjid al-Aqsa have since proliferated across social media. These scenes have reignited long-standing contestations over how to narrate Palestinian dispossession and struggle. One such debate orbits around an ambiguous question: “Is Palestine an Islamic issue?”
The cancellation of the LUMS conference in Pakistan, which was supposed to bring to the fore the war of 1971, is a case of Pakistan’s elite betraying the people of Bangladesh. The conference sought to mark 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan before it was cancelled, presumably, under the direction of Pakistan’s powerful military. Meanwhile, at least 17 Bangladeshis died at the hands of government security forces while protesting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Bangladesh, held under the pretext of celebrating the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence.