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 us had “a precise courting with Israel within the center East,” related in basic terms to that of the us with Britain. After greater than 5 a long time the sort of assertion may appear incontrovertible—and but its that means has been fiercely contested from the first.

A Shadow over Palestine brings a brand new, deeply educated, 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 finds the centrality of Israel and Palestine in postwar U.S. imperial tradition. a few representations of the area 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, usually forging strong if traditionally obscured border-crossing alternatives.

In this wealthy cultural historical past of the interval, Feldman deftly analyzes how artists, intellectuals, and organizations—from the United countries, the Black Panther occasion, and the organization of Arab American collage 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 potential for Palestine’s decolonization.

In certainly one of his final essays, released in 2003, Edward stated wrote, “In the United States, Palestine and Israel are considered as neighborhood, now not overseas coverage, matters.” A Shadow over Palestine maps the jagged terrain on which this got here to be, amid a wealth of strong possible choices, and the undeterred violence at domestic and in another country that has been unleashed due to this certain relationship.

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Palestine serves as a site that proffered Said a relational humanism whose ethic of alterity is matched only by its commitment to a nondominating and noncoercive decolonization.

Another part of chapter 2 was previously published as “Towards an Afro-Arab Diasporic Culture: The Translational Practices of David Graham Du Bois,” ALIF: Journal of Comparative Poetics 31 (2011): 152–72; reprinted with permission. Copyright 2015 by the Regents of the University of Minnesota All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

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