As an African-American male, people have wondered why I chose to study Arabic and am involved in anti-war and pro-Palestinian activism. It’s an image that people are not used to seeing. However, if I were to just stick to fighting on so-called “black” issues, such as civil rights and poverty (which I do, as well), then people probably wouldn’t be so curious. To me, the connection between the black freedom struggle and working in solidarity with other oppressed people around the globe is crystal clear. However, not everyone sees it that way. The black freedom struggle and the struggle for Palestinian self-determination is part of a broader post-colonial struggle for global justice and human emancipation. Read the rest of this entry »
Tag Archives: IDF
Posted by Adam Hudson on February 7, 2010 in Activism & Social Change, African/African-American history/politics/issues, Empire/Hegemony, History, Human Rights, International Law, International Relations, Israel/Palestine, Middle East & North Africa, Race/Racism, Radical/Revolutionary Ideas, War & Peace
I thought I would post a few articles about Israel’s war on Gaza that occurred a couple months ago.
“Tracing Gaza’s chaos to 1948” by Mark LeVine (Al-Jazeera, July 13, 2009). LeVine does a great job of tracing the roots of Gaza’s suffering.
“How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe” by Avi Shlaim (The Guardian, January 7, 2009). Avi, an Iraqi Jew, is a professor of international relations at the University of Oxford. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and never questioned the legitimacy of Israeli’s policies. However, Israel’s actions in Gaza led him to rethink his view of Israel. This is a very insightful piece and provides a useful background to the Gaza attack. Read the rest of this entry »