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Thank you Leila for your very apt, clear and eloquent response to Janey's first comment. Thanks for your work, and all good thoughts and wishes to you.
I am just loving looking at your birthday party pictures-rather exciting to see you, family, and of course the beautiful food. But wait a minute here-you're from Greensboro? I am from North Carolina too, although I have been in the Bay Area forever. My mother's people are from Winston-Salem, I spent lots of time there, and she went to Greensboro College herself. Southerners for Palestine!
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2009 on Spinach and Chickpeas: Tapa! at Dove's Eye View
Nadia, if I understand you-and perhaps I don't-you articulate perfectly why Obama's words are so frustrating and downright offensive to those of us who support justice, truth, and human rights. It is not that we miss his point-we don't like it. It is Israelis, not Palestinians, who commit the overwhelming majority of violent acts in the region-and ALL of the land and water theft. (Note that there has not been a suicide bomb since 2004. Note the number of deaths of Palestinians compared to Israelis. Etc.) Palestinians had nothing to do with the Holocaust, nor is there is a substantive denial of the Holocaust by Palestinians.
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2009 on Obama's Speech: The Roundup at Dove's Eye View
Thanks Leila for providing the many links to analysis of the speech. I have read abu-khalil's and of course, the eloquent and deeply insightful Ali Abunimah, and look forward to the others you have here. I found the speech to be a confirmation and re-iteration of past and ongoing policy. People seem to be making much of Obama's words which appear to humanize Palestinians and their suffering, yet there is nothing new in that either: GW Bush, Rose Garden, 24 June 2002: "It is untenable for Palestinians to live in squalor and occupation. And the current situation offers no prospect that life will improve... My vision is two states, living side by side in peace and security." BH Obama, Cairo University, 4 June 2009: "They endure the daily humiliations, large and small, that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: The situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable... The only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security." (that is from the AngryArab blog.) The point is we don't exactly go around in state speeches saying we hate Arabs. We have a "special relationship" with Israel, we are upping aid to Israel, we don't say a word about the assault on Gaza, the endless Israeli brutality and violence in the West Bank, or getting rid of the settlements. We lecture Palestinians about violence and maintain the fiction that this is an equal conflict. How on earth is any of this going to lead to change for the besieged people of Palestine? best to you and thanks again.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2009 on Obama's Speech: The Roundup at Dove's Eye View