Category Archives: Culture and Genocide

Dr. Maya Aghasi: Inherited Memory: How the Generation After Remembers War, Partition and Genocide on Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

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Dr Maya Aghasi, assistant professor of literature at the American University of Sharjah, will discuss how we remember. Focusing on the inherited memory of descendants from individuals who endured war, genocide and displacement, Aghasi will explore how it shapes identity and the role of imaginative fiction. She will discuss examples from Palestine, the Armenian Genocide, the India-Pakistan partition, and the 1975 Lebanese civil war, among others.

Continue reading at https://www.harpersbazaararabia.com/art/news/try-these-art-talks-from-dubais-alserkal-avenue

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Dropping off my dear friend, Dareen Tatour, at prison by Danielle Alma Ravitzki

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Demonization and dehumanization are two of the key preconditions for genocide. Unfortunately for Dareen, her story demonstrates all too well Raphael Lemkin’s definition of ethnocide, which is a form of genocide that aims at eradicating the culture and language of an indigenous people. Mao Zedong did just that in Tibet in the 1950s. This in fact, raises the issue of Israel as an entity that is currently committing a slow genocide against the native people of the land. It should be accountable for this. The dire situation in Gaza, where the disenfranchised Palestinians have reached their nadir, living in subhuman conditions under a belligerent siege violently maintained by a country that massacres them, reflects the apartheidistic, genocidal mores of Israel.

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2018/08/dropping-friend-dareen/

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Food Theft as a Form of Cultural Genocide by Lawrence Davidson

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Back in 2012 I wrote a short book entitled Cultural Genocide (Rutgers University Press). It looked at four case studies of this phenomenon: the American Indians, Russian treatment of Jews in the 19th century, Chinese assimilation of Tibet, and Israel’s ongoing treatment of the Palestinians. It is an aspect of Palestinian plight that I want to revisit here.

The idea behind cultural genocide is relatively simple—it is the systematic erasure of the culture of indigenous people subject to colonization.

Continue reading at https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/08/food-theft-as-a-form-of-cultural-genocide/

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SESH FM Announce Charity Compilation in Aid of Palestine on Mixmag

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SESH FM have announced the release of a forthcoming charity compilation in aid of Palestinian rights.

… Via a press statement SESH FM explained that the idea for the compilation, “arose from growing dissatisfaction at the Irish Government’s refusal to condemn the genocide of Palestinian civilians. They refuse to act and remove Israeli diplomats in Ireland despite this being supported by the Dublin City Council. This project is a display of solidarity from all those involved.”

Continue reading at https://mixmag.net/read/sesh-fm-announce-charity-compilation-in-aid-of-palestine-news/

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Israel forces teachers to leave Palestine by Nora Barrows-Friedman

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The president of Arab American University, a private institution based in the West Bank city of Jenin, condemned Israel’s closure of the college. Ali Abu Zuhri argued it was an attempt to impose new facts on the ground aimed at changing the cultural and historical identity of Jerusalem… Israel’s closure of Hind al-Husseini college “is one more manifestation of Israel’s relentless assault on Palestinian education and culture, a systematic assault that is tantamount to cultural genocide,” Nada Elia, an organizing committee member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI), told The Electronic Intifada.

Continue reading at https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/israel-forces-teachers-leave-palestine

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Al-Quds is not Jerusalem by Elias Akleh

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The western Christian biblical archaeologists and scholars were mostly Judeo-Christians believing that the Torah/Old Testament was a real historical precursor for the New Testament.  Influenced by this biased theological training they needed to confirm the Torah’s narrative as a real history in order to authenticate their own distorted Christian belief.  Their lack of understanding of the ancient Middle Eastern dialects, cultures, geography and social habits, had distorted their interpretations of the archaeological findings by attributing them to the Israelites and to Solomon and David eras based on their own interpretation of the Torah rather than on the true scientific archaeological research and investigation.

Through their distorted writings and teachings these false biblical scholars had perpetrated a historical genocide against the Palestinian history by ignoring the hundreds of thousands of years of history of Palestine before the reported Abraham’s immigration to the land. They considered Palestine as a mere empty background theater for the Israelites that gained importance only when Israelites occupied it.

Continue reading at http://mwcnews.net/focus/editorial/72790-al-quds-is-not-jerusalem.html

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