By Keith P. Feldman

ISBN-10: 0816694508

ISBN-13: 9780816694501

Upon signing the 1st U.S. hands contract with Israel in 1962, John F. Kennedy guaranteed Golda Meir that the U.S. had “a specified courting with Israel within the heart East,” related purely to that of the U.S. with Britain. After greater than 5 many years the sort of 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 trained, 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 finds the centrality of Israel and Palestine in postwar U.S. imperial tradition. a few representations of the sector 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 evaluations of those stipulations, frequently forging powerful if traditionally obscured border-crossing alternatives.

In this wealthy cultural background of the interval, Feldman deftly analyzes how artists, intellectuals, and organizations—from the United countries, the Black Panther celebration, and the organization of Arab American college 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 opportunity of Palestine’s decolonization.

In considered one of his final essays, released in 2003, Edward stated wrote, “In the USA, 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 strong choices, and the undeterred violence at domestic and in another country that has been unleashed because of this distinctive relationship.

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S. ) and the ethos of colonial rule to provide a rubric of “national security” were often routed precisely through the “case” of Israel and Palestine. In the chapters to come, I demonstrate how such relations were thought and figured, how they circulated and intervened in the cultural logics of their milieu. 31 At once identified as “an outpost of the free world” in a “particularly dangerous neighborhood,” and as the battlefield for a revolutionary anticolonialism in the name of national liberation, the competing spatial imaginaries were intense indeed, with their own rich genealogies.

Arendt explicated the effects for the new state of Israel of being constituted through a category of human population without the right to have rights. ”61 In the culmination of this line of argument in Origins of Totalitarianism, Arendt notes: It turned out that the Jewish question, which was considered the only insoluble one, was indeed solved—namely, by means of a colonized and then conquered territory—but this solved neither the problem of the minorities nor the stateless. 62 With the terror of European Jewish extermination in full view, Arendt’s essays like “We Refugees” (1943), “The Crisis of Zionism” (1943), and “Zionism Reconsidered” (1944) problematized the linkages between Zionism and Euro-American imperial projects that embraced a form of nation-state sovereignty hostile to the claims of indigenous peoples.

Concerns. While the flashpoint of the late 1960s marked an intensified moment for this coupling, the contradictions such a moment laid bare were already being glimpsed in the first part of the decade. They began to emerge in James Baldwin’s recognition of the transit between anti-Arab and anti-Black racisms in 1961. 7 A Shadow over Palestine situates these emergent relations of Israeli rule within the crucible of what the historian Jeremi Suri calls a “global 1968,”8 a moment when transnational and translocal liberation struggles crosshatched the globe.

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