Nadim Bawalsa

Researcher/Editor, Jerusalem Story and associate editor, Journal of Palestine Studies

Nadim Bawalsa is a historian of modern Palestine and author of Transnational Palestine: Migration and the Right of Return before 1948 (Stanford University Press, 2022), winner of the 2023 Nikkie Keddie book award by MESA and the 2023 Palestine Book Award. Bawalsa's work has also appeared in the Jerusalem Quarterly, NACLA Report on the Americas, Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, the Journal of Palestine Studies, and in two edited volumes. Bawalsa earned a PhD in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from NYU in 2017, and an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University in 2010. In addition to his work with Jerusalem Story, Bawalsa is associate editor at the Journal of Palestine Studies.

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Short Take Amin al-Husseini’s Dream Home, Karm al-Mufti: An Elegant Residence during the Mandate Bulldozed by Israel

The mufti’s luxurious home in Sheikh Jarrah is a microcosm of the city’s rich and vibrant Palestinian past—and of its erasure by Israeli authorities.

Short Take The Legal and Institutional Complexities of What It Means to Be a Palestine Refugee

There are 5.9 million registered Palestinian refugees with the UNRWA, and they continue to have a unique status under international law.

Feature Story The Settlement of Land Title (SOLT) in East Jerusalem: “The Most Acute Threat Facing Palestinian Residents of Jerusalem Today”

Israel is ramping up the settlement of land title (SOLT) in East Jerusalem, and especially in the Holy Basin, dispossessing Palestinians and Judaizing the city as a result.

Interview An Expert Unravels the Complexities of Land Ownership in East Jerusalem

Israel manipulates the complex reality of land settlement and registration in Jerusalem, and Palestinians must understand and confront it.

Blog Post An Israeli Prime Minister Now Lives in the Villa Salameh in West Jerusalem

Yair Lapid, Israel’s 14th prime minister, controversially moved into Villa Salameh in Talbiyya, the former home of exiled Arab Jerusalemite businessman Hanna Salameh.