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Letter from Dr. Rashid Khalidi - 50 Years of the Journal of Palestine Studies

Dear Reader,

As 2021 comes to an end, the Institute for Palestine Studies would like to express our sincere gratitude for all that you have done to support us. We have reached a great milestone in 2021: 50 years and 200 issues of the Journal of Palestine Studies. This would not have been achieved without the help of our readers, donors, and supporters over the years.

Since our founding in 1963, IPS has contributed a uniquely Palestinian voice to the public discourse on issues facing Palestine and Palestinians throughout the world. We have kept you informed using an array of resources, including the Journal of Palestine Studies, Jerusalem Quarterly, the Palestine Square blog, the Interactive Timeline of the Palestine Question, and local and virtual events.

Our work had special importance this year as Palestine again took the global stage: In Jerusalem, families were threatened with expulsion from Sheikh Jarrah and homes faced demolition in Silwan; in Haifa, youth were detained for standing up against settler violence; Gazan children lived through the fourth war in their lifetimes. IPS played a vital role in combatting narratives of violence and countering erasure by providing historical context and sober analysis surrounding Israel’s continued ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

It is more critical than ever that we maintain a space for conversation, reflection, action, and education, where Palestinians and allies can seek an archive of reliable information in the fight against the illegal Occupation. Only with your generosity can we continue to provide accessible knowledge production.

We have expanded our efforts over the past year: our online community surpassed 182,000 people across all social media platforms, with more than 46,000 blog readers and 800,000 website visitors. More than 330,000 Journal of Palestine Studies articles were downloaded last year. We hosted 16 virtual events, including a heartfelt celebration of 50 years of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and a conference on the Jerusalem Uprising. Speakers included Noam Chomsky, Noura Erakat, Mohammed El-Kurd, and journalists and activists in Palestine and the diaspora. Our work was featured in The Toronto Star, Boston Review, National Geographic Indonesia, Middle East Eye, and other outlets. Our scholars, fellows and editors appeared on TV and radio stations like MSNBC and CNN. Research by the Institute was also used in the creation of popular online youth-led platforms, such as Decolonize Palestine and Let’s Talk Palestine.

The financial fallout of COVID-19 hit us hard, as have renewed efforts to censor Palestinian organizations. IPS needs donors like you, so that we may continue to keep Palestinian struggles at the forefront of the narrative. We are proud of the work we do, and with your help, we can continue to do it.

Please make your donation today!

Thank you so much.

Rashid Khalidi
President, Institute for Palestine Studies-USA