The ramping up of air strikes in Gaza combined with a humanitarian crisis compounded by a stalled reconstruction effort following last summer’s war, should compel us all into a heightened state of activism using BDS.
reading is a way of listening to the plurality of
voices of Jews and Palestinians, of seeing cultural identities not as
essentialisations, but as mixed ensembles constituted with and through the Other.
significantly different motivations among Muslims with Palestinian, Lebanese or
Turkish backgrounds. However, the experience of marginalisation and
discrimination is a major element in the construction of identity.
Israel invokes the privileges of engaging in international armed conflict but denies Palestinians their corresponding entitlements under the same body of law. This is the colonial nature of Israel’s legal logic.
On this Land Day, while world powers have recognised the danger of the religion-centric Islamic State (IS), it is ironic that some of the same governments are urging Palestinians to accept Lieberman's "axe"-wielding Jewish version of IS.
Palestinians, who wins the election makes no difference. In the West Bank and
Gaza the mood moves between indifference and the sense that all the parties are
hostile towards them in one way or another.