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Joey Ayoub

Joey Ayoub is the MENA Editor at Global Voices as well as a Lebanese researcher and writer currently living in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is the founder of the ‘Hummus For Thought’ blog and mostly writes on Syria, Israel-Palestine, and Lebanon.

He has a BS in Environmental Health from the American University of Beirut, an MA in Cultural Studies from SOAS, University of London and is currently doing a PhD in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

His MA thesis was on the politics of Hebrew and Yiddish within Zionism and Diasporism and his PhD research is on the politics of cinema in postwar Lebanon.

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Latest posts by Joey Ayoub

11 April 2018

‘Great March’ for Palestinian Refugees’ Right of Return Endures Bloody Crackdown

"Almost eleven years of siege on #Gaza, and they are still protesting in the thousands the right to return, the right to live in dignity and freedom."

1 February 2018

Lebanon's Scapegoating of Refugees Did Not Start With Syrians, but With Palestinians

"The deplorable living conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon after 1990 are a direct consequence of their use as scapegoats for the country's civil war."

14 December 2017

Refugees in Lebanon Are Still Being Scapegoated in the Media and in Academia

"How can one claim that these people are here to receive aid from international organizations, when many are, in fact, not receiving any?"

9 December 2017

Palestinians Aren't Surprised by US Jerusalem Move As World Already ‘Ignores Their Existence’

"A nation built on ethnic cleansing, colonialism and white supremacy has always supported colonialism and ethnic cleansing in Palestine."

2 September 2017

Syrians in a Besieged Town Are Learning to Grow Mushrooms to Survive

"We want to spread this idea to the world so that they know our success as well as our struggle with hunger and the siege."

7 August 2017

Syrian Town of Arbin Picks Up the Pieces After Deadly Airstrike During Truce

"This act is in violation of international norms and laws, a breach of the ceasefire agreement."

6 August 2017

‘They Can't Stop Us’ — World Mourns Execution of Palestinian-Syrian Activist Bassel Khartabil Safadi by the Assad Regime

"This is a loss for Syria. This is loss for Palestine. This is my loss." - Noura Ghazi Safadi

7 July 2017

Violence in Arsal Is a Reminder of How Vulnerable Syrian Refugees Are in Lebanon

"Whatever happened, we have to recognize that the response towards these attacks where refugees/Syrians are all assumed guilty is inhumane"

1 June 2017

‘There Is No Holiness in an Occupied City': Jewish Activists Protest Israel's ‘Jerusalem Day’

"This is not an occasion to celebrate. Jews around the world must resist this violence, supposedly perpetrated in our names."

17 May 2017

To Take a Stand for Love, Beirut Pride Had to Overcome Hate

A hotel where the first event was scheduled canceled on organizers after facing pressure from religious groups. But that hasn't stopped Beirut Pride from going forward.

5 May 2017

Venezuela's Protests Arrive in Lebanon

"What nerve. Tarek WIlliam Saab, who should ensure the Human Rights of Venezuelans and doesn't do it, goes and talks about Human Rights in #Lebanon."

3 May 2017

‘We Are Not Slaves, We Want Our Rights': Lebanon's Migrant Domestic Workers March on Labour Day

Hundreds of migrant domestic workers and Lebanese activists took to the streets on Labour Day to protest against Lebanon's notorious Kafala system and for justice.

1 May 2017

Students and Staff Condemn Talk by Israel's UK Ambassador at SOAS, University of London

London's SOAS University saw hundreds protest Israeli ambassador's visit to campus, denouncing it as "an official exercise in state propaganda."

17 April 2017

‘Children Were Dying Everywhere': A Syrian Videographer Recounts the Al Rashideen Explosion That Killed Over 100

Abd Alkader Habak appears in a photo that was widely shared on social media in which he is running with an injured child in his arms. Here is what happened.

23 March 2017

Activists Cry Foul as Lebanon Imposes a Tax Hike Right Before Postponing Elections, Again

As the Lebanese protest proposed increase in taxes, Global Voices asks a number of activists to explain what's at stake.

16 March 2017

A Syrian Activist's Japanese-Language Message to the People of Japan

"Syria is witnessing a revolutionary call for freedom and dignity for its entire people." Will Japan help?

14 March 2017

Syrian Civil Society in Douma Navigates a Tough Crackdown

Fundamentalist backlash to a magazine article has thrown civil society in Douma and Eastern Ghouta into turmoil, as activists and journalists struggle to get back to work.

10 March 2017

Jaysh Al-Islam Is Leading Peace Talks in Geneva, While Clamping Down on Speech in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

The group controlling the region has shut down a magazine and five well-known civil society organisations, according to activists.

8 March 2017

Palestinians Mourn ‘Intellectual-Activist’ Killed in Gun Battle With Israeli Forces

"Why is his people absent? Who was those that were supposed to protect him? Who was supposed to hide him?"

3 March 2017

Two Syrian Activists Explain Their Experiences Being Imprisoned by ISIS in Al Bab

"The days passed, and I never expected to come back here, the place from where I entered humiliated...I never expected to get out of here."

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