By Keith P. Feldman

ISBN-10: 0816694508

ISBN-13: 9780816694501

Upon signing the 1st U.S. palms contract with Israel in 1962, John F. Kennedy guaranteed Golda Meir that the us had “a specified courting with Israel within the heart East,” similar in basic terms to that of the USA 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 knowledgeable, and transnational point of view to the a long time 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. targeting 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 opinions 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 get together, and the organization of Arab American college Graduates to James Baldwin, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Edward stated, 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 one in every of his final essays, released in 2003, Edward stated 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 overseas that has been unleashed due to this precise relationship.

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Flanagan Dissertation Fellowship and the Graduate School at the University of Washington. Poems by June Jordan are reprinted in chapter 5. All poems copyright 2005 by the June M. Jordan Literary Estate. Reprinted with permission. com. An earlier version of part of chapter 2 was published as “Representing Permanent War: Black Power’s Palestine and the End(s) of Civil Rights,” CR: New Centennial Review 8, no. 2 (Fall 2008): 193–231; copyright 2008 by Michigan State University; reprinted by permission.

On Comparativity Importantly, my analysis of the culture work that entangles the United States, Israel, and Palestine emerges immanently from within the archives of the conjuncture I identify. 45 In this sense comparison predicates imperial culture. It makes visible race’s relational texture, how racial meanings circulate through empire’s material and discursive networks. The culture work of this key period (1960–85) draws on a wide array of related if incommensurable narrative frameworks. S. capitalism’s racialized forms of exploitation;48 and the event of Nazi Genocide as crystallizing Euro-American modernity’s technologies of violence and the genocidal forms of reason that gave them legitimacy.

Neoconservative domestic and foreign policies and, later, neoliberal social and economic policies. S. and Israeli political cultures. S. culture wars and the maximalist Likud government in Israel; the naturalization of Jewish settlement activity on Palestinian lands; the shift in 1981 from Israeli military to civil administrations in the Occupied Territories; an explicit discursive collapsing of the “Arab,” the “Muslim,” and the “terrorist”; and Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon. -led racial capitalism.

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