11. Are You Normalizing?

• On “Normalization”

PACBI. “Israel’s Exceptionalism: Normalizing the Abnormal,”  October 31, 2011.
Republished by +972, December 22, 2011.

Azzam, Zeina. “Israel as Oppressor, Palestine as Oppressed: The ‘normalization’
of what is not normal
,” Mondoweiss, June 14, 2016.

Bazian, Dr. Hatem. "‘Interfaith’ Under Occupation is Normalization, Not
,” American Muslims for Palestine [AMP], December 9, 2016.

Beckroe, Genevieve. "Undivided we stand across the separation wall:
Palestinian Youth Together for Change
,” Acting in Faith [American Friends
Service Committee blog], March 9, 2016.

Chamseddine, Roqayah. "The Hidden Normalization: The Muslim Leadership
Initiative’s Zionist Trip
,” Al-Akhbar, January 30, 2015.

Eid, Haidar. “BDS and normalization: a Palestinian perspective — Opposing the
normalization of Israeli occupation does not make the Boycott Divestment and
Sanctions movement exclusive; it is an essential political commitment for
justice in Palestine
,” Alternative News, July 28, 2016.

Eid, Haidar. "‘Normalize That!’: Occupation, Colonization and Apartheid,”
Palestine Chronicle, January 27, 2017.

Heÿn, Hans Maria, and Bastian Schroeder. “An End to the Status Quo?
A Contribution to the Normalization and Anti-normalization Discourse
in Palestinian Society
,” KAS International Reports, May, 2015.

Kassis, Rifat Odeh. “What does ‘normalisation’ mean in the Palestine-Israel
conflict? / Levelling the Scales by force: Thoughts on Normalization
Kairos Southern Africa, February, 2011.

Keilani, Tanya and Ethan Heitner. “Nothing Normal About It: A Comic About
Dialogue, Normalization, and the Israel-Palestine Conflict on Campus
EndTheOccupation.org, April 28, 2010. Also see: Tanya Keilani, “How a comic
book healed the wounds of normalization
,” Mondoweiss, December 14, 2011.

Kuttab, Daoud. “Is Normalization Possible Before Israel Ends the Occupation?
Al-Monitor, August 9, 2013.

Mattar, Haggai. "Alternative peace initiative comes under fire for ‘normalization,’"
+972, June 4, 2015.

Merryman-Lotze, Mike. "When Dialogue Stands in the Way of Peace,”
Friends Journal, March 1, 2018. ["The general push against
people‐to‐people and dialogue programs is most often framed as
being a push against what have become known as “normalization”
initiatives. Within Palestine, normalization is generally defined as any
project; initiative; or activity in Palestine, Israel, or internationally that
aims to bring together Palestinians and Israelis without addressing
structural and power inequalities and/or without having its goal be
opposition and resistance to the Israeli occupation. To understand
the concerns that exist regarding normalization initiatives, it is
important to understand the post‐Oslo history of these initiatives.”]

One Democratic State Group. "One Voice in Gaza: normalization at its best!,”
[available on International Solidarity Movement (ISM) website], December
5, 2012.

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel [PACBI].
"Israel’s Exceptionalism: Normalizing the Abnormal,” October 31, 2011.

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel [PACBI].
"Palestinians Call on EU to Halt Normalization Programs and End Complicity
With Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights and International Law
October 3, 2018.

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel [PACBI].
"Ravenna Festival: "Do not normalize apartheid,” May 27, 2016. 

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign. "Palestinian youth
united against normalization with Israel
,” April 28, 2010.

Palestine Solidarity Collective. “Normalizing the Israeli Occupation of Palestine
at Syracuse University
,” Syracuse Peace Council Peace Newsletter #845,
September 2015.

Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel [PSCABI].
"Paths to Peace": Normalizing Israel’s Collective Punishment of Gaza!
January 28, 2014.

Palestinian youth against normalization. "Palestinian Youth Unite Against
Normalization With Israel
,” International Middle East Media Center [IMEMC],
April 28, 2010. Also see https://pyan48.wordpress.com/

Pessah, Tom. "Why Palestinian Advocacy Groups Don’t Partner With Hillel,”
New Voices, July 2, 2014.

Radi, Tareq. “How students are resisting efforts to normalize Israeli apartheid,”
Electronic Intifada, February 3, 2015.

Sabawi, Samah. “Colonization of the Mind: Normalize This!” Palestine Chronicle,
March 18, 2012. [Excerpt: "I found the best definition of the word normalization
on the Palestinian Campaign for Cultural and Academic Boycott”s website:
“Normalization is the colonization of the mind, whereby the oppressed
subject comes to believe that the oppressor”s reality is the only “normal”
reality that must be subscribed to, and that the oppression is a fact of life
that must be coped with.” So projects that constitute normalization are not
about freedom, justice or liberation, but about numbing our minds to the
horror of the occupation, so we accept it as normal, as permanent, as an
unchangeable fixed reality!”]

Shehada, Muhammad. "The Arab world just handed Netanyahu its most
powerful weapon
. Arab regimes once wielded their collective strategic
leverage as gatekeepers to Israel’s Mideast integration. Now they’re
defeatists, offering Netanyahu normalization for free - but there’s
an explosive backlash brewing,” Haaretz, September 4, 2019.

Students for Justice in Palestine - Washington University. "Pinkas, pinkwashing
and the politics of normalization
,” Student Life, November 17, 2016.

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