Category Archives: Culture and Genocide

A Lethal Virus Called Israeli Occupation: Another Somber Easter in Occupied Palestine by Raouf Halaby

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Palestine’s population in the West Bank and Gaza is over 5 million people. As previously stated, since the year 2000, over 10,000 Palestinians have been brutally murdered by Israel’s army and settlers, funded exclusively with hard earned U.S. tax dollars. To extrapolate, that means that between the year 2000 and 2020,  660,00 American citizens would have been murdered.
Would we allow such a genocide?

Continue reading at https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/04/10/a-lethal-virus-called-israeli-occupation-another-somber-easter-in-occupied-palestine/

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Apeirogon: Another colonialist misstep in commercial publishing by Susan Abulhawa

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There is an implicit parity, you see? All fear is the same, all violence is the same, all insecurity is the same. The Oglala Sioux father tells the writer how he was able to see white humanity for the first time through this friendship. The white man tells him the same about Indigenous humanity.

And just like that, the genocidal engine of American colonialism, which, together with slavery, propelled its entire economy, becomes just a big misunderstanding, a problem to be solved by dialogue, empathy, and the simple understanding that, as McCann quotes his Palestinian protagonist’s epiphany: “They have families, too.”

Substitute Palestinian for Oglala Lakota, Palestine for Pine Ridge Reservation, and Israelis for white settlers (although that does not need changing), and you have, in a nutshell, Colum McCann’s much-touted, highly anticipated novel, which may well become a blockbuster film.

Continue reading at https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/apeirogon-colonialist-misstep-commercial-publishing-200310093110310.html

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The Wisdom That Comes with Age and Moral Courage by William Cook

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I have written five books dealing with the Israeli/Palestine conflict (how meaningless that word). In 2010 Palgrave Macmillan published The Plight of the Palestinians: a Long History of Destruction. Dr. Richard Falk, Raconteur for the Palestinian people, wrote a new Introduction for the paper back edition. He, too, understands why the Foreign Minister is upset. I edited this volume that provided 32 chapters by world renowned experts on the genocide in Palestine. 

Continue reading at https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/03/06/the-wisdom-that-comes-with-age-and-moral-courage/

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Leonard Cohen and the Concert That Never Was on The MIT Press Reader

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For me, somebody who in 2009 had already been a signatory of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) for three years, and had been critical of Zionism as an ideology that purports to speak for world Jewry and as an ideal to which we are supposed to adhere, the Zionist ideology of people like Sharon was something that I had long ago divested myself from. So, seeing my newfound idol sitting next to Sharon, who is like the symbol of everything that has gone wrong (in terms of Jewish nationalism, the displacement of people, and the genocide being waged against the Palestinian people), on the receiving end of Cohen’s art put me into a state of panic. 

Continue reading at https://thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/leonard-cohen-and-the-concert-that-never-was/

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Middle East Monitor event (March 28): Cultural genocide & indigenous peoples on Eventbrite

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An international conference looking at the on-going cultural genocide of indigenous peoples in Palestine, Myanmar and China. Throughout the last century, the Palestinian people were subjected to policies that have often been described as genocidal. They included acts aimed at destroying their national culture, political autonomy and national will. A central feature of this tragedy was the destruction and depopulation of some 418-531 villages. These acts were not consequences of war; they were, in fact, carefully planned and executed.

Continue reading at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cultural-genocide-indigenous-peoples-registration-94402479357?aff=website

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Artist-activist Remy speaks on his Palestinian solidarity mural in Santa Fe by Alex De Vore

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According to the Albuquerque Journal, homeowner Guthrie Miller appealed a decision handed down from the city’s Land Use Department in a letter dated Jan. 28 informing him that the material and colors of the mural, which appeared overnight on his property on Jan. 5, did not conform to historic district standards. In an email to SFR, city spokeswoman Lilia Chacon was adamant that the mural’s politically charged content did not play a part in the decision. Bits and pieces of the mural have already been torn down by unknown parties.

The mural itself was created and executed by Arizona-based Navajo artist and activist Remy, who is launching direct actions in Iowa during the lead-up to the presidential caucus. SFR spoke with Remy by phone to get a clearer idea about his intent and how he feels about the future of the mural, entitled “Palestinian Solidarity Wall.”

Can you tell us about the impetus behind the mural?

I think it was just to bring attention to the Palestinian struggle in terms of colonization and genocide. 

Continue reading at https://www.sfreporter.com/arts/2020/01/30/the-struggle/

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Pro-Palestinian art appears on Old Pecos Trail wall on The Santa Fe New Mexican

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A Navajo artist who claimed he produced the pro-Palestinian graffiti that appeared Sunday on an east-side wall said his intention was to create a comparison between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the plight of Native Americans during periods of colonialism and conquest.
The artist, who identified himself only as “Remy,” said in an interview Monday that the images of armed Israeli soldiers and tanks confronting Palestinian women and children show “the similarities when you look at the indigenous struggle of this continent and the indigenous struggle there… “It’s anti-oppression, it’s anti-genocide,” said Remy, of Black Mesa, Ariz., who has had his artwork exhibited in several Southwestern venues in recent years.

Continue reading at https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/pro-palestinian-art-appears-on-old-pecos-trail-wall/article_b28226ba-30a5-11ea-a755-9375ab21b64f.html

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