By Keith P. Feldman
Upon signing the 1st U.S. fingers contract with Israel in 1962, John F. Kennedy guaranteed Golda Meir that the U.S. had “a specified dating with Israel within the heart East,” related purely 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 expert, and transnational viewpoint to the many years and the cultural forces that experience formed sharply differing rules 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 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 very important reviews of those stipulations, frequently forging powerful if traditionally obscured border-crossing alternatives.
In this wealthy cultural heritage of the interval, Feldman deftly analyzes how artists, intellectuals, and organizations—from the United international locations, 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 potential of Palestine’s decolonization.
In one in every of his final essays, released in 2003, Edward acknowledged wrote, “In the United States, Palestine and Israel are considered as neighborhood, now not international coverage, matters.” A Shadow over Palestine maps the jagged terrain on which this got here to be, amid a wealth of sturdy possible choices, and the undeterred violence at domestic and overseas that has been unleashed because of this exact relationship.
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Baldwin’s interrogation of Israel is driven by a keen concern with the post–World War II articulation of race, nation, religion, and empire. . which has victimized them so savagely and so long,” and the “resurrection of the Hebrew language” meant to bridge the “tremendous gap between a Jew from Russia or France or England or Australia and a Jew but lately arrived from the desert” (49). Can one rightfully forge a national identity out of the catastrophe of genocide and a singular national language, Baldwin asks pressingly?
None of these figures is reducible to a relationship of identity or equivalence. S. culture produced these relationships, and produced them as special, unique, sui generis, or exceptional. S. racial formation. 50 My approach illuminates the specter of the Holocaust and its incommensurable relationships to the Palestinian Nakba in the very theoretical architecture that takes up this relationship. An evocative case in point is how political theories of the sovereign exception have proliferated in recent years alongside the expression and critique of American and Israeli national exceptionalisms.
S. monetary system from the gold standard adopted after World War II to a dollar standard, forcing many other state-run economies to do the same. Soon after floating American currency in this way, the Nixon administration began lobbying Arab oil-producing states to raise the price of gasoline, a move Nixon expected to be beneficial for the United States and detrimental to potential global economic rivals like Japan and Western Europe. This aim was inadvertently achieved by the oil embargo initiated by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) during the October 1973 War involving Israel and its neighbors.