By Keith P. Feldman
Upon signing the 1st U.S. palms contract with Israel in 1962, John F. Kennedy guaranteed Golda Meir that the us had “a certain courting with Israel within the heart East,” related purely to that of the us with Britain. After greater than 5 a long time any such assertion may appear incontrovertible—and but its which means has been fiercely contested from the first.
A Shadow over Palestine brings a brand new, deeply expert, and transnational standpoint to the many years and the cultural forces that experience formed sharply differing principles of Israel’s status with the United States—right as much as the violent divisions of our day. concentrating on the interval from 1960 to 1985, writer Keith P. Feldman unearths the centrality of Israel and Palestine in postwar U.S. imperial tradition. a few representations of the quarter have been used to fabricate “commonsense” racial ideologies underwriting the conviction that liberal democracy needs to coexist with racialized stipulations of segregation, border policing, poverty, and the repression of dissent. Others lively important reviews of those stipulations, usually forging strong if traditionally obscured border-crossing alternatives.
In this wealthy cultural historical past of the interval, Feldman deftly analyzes how artists, intellectuals, and organizations—from the United international locations, the Black Panther get together, and the organization of Arab American collage Graduates to James Baldwin, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Edward acknowledged, and June Jordan—linked the unfulfilled promise of liberal democracy within the usa with the perpetuation of settler democracy in Israel and the potential of Palestine’s decolonization.
In one in all his final essays, released in 2003, Edward acknowledged wrote, “In the US, Palestine and Israel are considered as neighborhood, no longer international coverage, matters.” A Shadow over Palestine maps the jagged terrain on which this got here to be, amid a wealth of sturdy choices, and the undeterred violence at domestic and out of the country that has been unleashed because of this distinctive relationship.
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Extra resources for A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America
It infuses the very conceptual apparatus through which we come to understand the relation between knowledge, power, and coloniality. A Shadow over Palestine seeks to clarify how this absent presence came to bear so intensively on a particular historical conjuncture. Chapter 1, “Specters of Genocide: Cold War Exceptions and the Contradictions of Liberalism,” situates the entanglement of Israel and Palestine in competing post-Holocaust discourses of racial expertise and Cold War geopolitics. To do so, it provides a genealogical account of the 1975 United Nations Resolution 3379, which condemned Zionism as a form of racism and racial discrimination.
Soon after floating American currency in this way, the Nixon administration began lobbying Arab oil-producing states to raise the price of gasoline, a move Nixon expected to be beneficial for the United States and detrimental to potential global economic rivals like Japan and Western Europe. This aim was inadvertently achieved by the oil embargo initiated by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) during the October 1973 War involving Israel and its neighbors. The embargo flooded OPEC nations with a glut of petrodollars, many of which were then invested in private banks in the United States, while the spike in gas prices and fuel rationing brought home for many Americans the detrimental effects of the enmeshment of the United States, Israel, and the Arab world.
The topographical landscape of Israel and Palestine is like California’s, or vice versa, and cities like Los Angeles are like Tel Aviv, or like the battle-scarred West Bank or West Beirut. Israeli “sabras” are like Western Europeans or American pioneers, while Palestinians are like African Americans, or Native Americans, or Jews; Jews are like white people or African Americans; and African Americans are like Jews. Is it any wonder, then, that the rhetoric, grammar, and syntax structuring the conjuncture of the United States, Israel, and Palestine are built around “special” relationships?
A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America by Keith P. Feldman