Palestinian Views 2-Pack
The level of ignorance and lack of knowledge about the Israeli-Palestinian issue is quite extensive. Israel is a strategic ally of the U.S. and a military and economic power in its own right. All true. The Palestinians? Well, they are an irritant. Why don’t they just go away, move someplace else? They had their chances for statehood but they botched them. The actual realities on the ground? Uh, can we change the subject? The many so-called peace processes and road maps have led to dead ends for the Palestinians. They watch as more and more of their land and water is seized by Israel. Sixty percent of the West Bank, which is supposed to be part of a Palestine state, is under Israeli control. Most of the settlements are there. Given the situation, what will the future hold?
Imperial power is constructed on a bedrock not only of force but of culture as well. Culture provides the crucial underpinning, justification and validation of empire. Its crudest manifestation is perhaps Kipling's "White man's burden." A more refined version is the French "mission civilisatrice," civilizing mission. Imperialism is often thought of as a European phenomenon of the past. In fact it continues today in different shapes and forms. Colonial attitudes are masked in new rhetoric. The U.S. carries out its imperial policies behind the facade of democracy and freedom. Culture and politics produce a system of control that transcends military power to include a hierarchy of representations and images that dominate the imaginations of both the oppressor and the oppressed.
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The Never Ending Occupation: Palestine
2 CDs Israeli general and later prime minister Ariel Sharon said of the Palestinians: “We’ll make a pastrami sandwich out of them. We’ll insert a strip of Jewish settlements in...
Israel: Siege Mentality
From Kissinger to Kerry, U.S. Secretaries of State engage in endless rounds of shuttle diplomacy. They issue rosy statements about progress and breakthroughs. But little changes. Israeli policy has created...
A Brief History of Zionism
Zion is the name of a hill in ancient Jerusalem where King David had his palace. The term Zionism was coined in the early 1890s and applied to the Jewish...
The winds of change are sweeping across the Middle East. Decrepit and sclerotic regimes are crumbling. A constant however is the uneresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Will the broader political upheavals in...
The Palestinian viewpoint is rarely heard in the mainstream media and when it is, like on The O'Reilly Factor or Hardball, it is interrupted and cut off. Palestinians have been...
Israel: Siege Mentality + Solutions: Israel/Palestine
2 CDs First program: Max Blumenthal - Israel: Siege Mentality From Kissinger to Kerry, U.S. Secretaries of State engage in endless rounds of shuttle diplomacy. They issue rosy statements about...
Palestine: The Iron Cage
How was Israel able to forge a state while the Palestinians have been unable to? A key element in establishing Israel was British colonial control of Palestine and the 1917...
2 CDs Shattered Peace: Israel-Palestine Outrage follows outrage in Israel and Palestine. Yesterday’s atrocity is quickly forgotten as a new one occurs. There is a dizzying vortex kidnappings, stabbings, killings of...
Palestine & the Universality of Human Rights
2 CDs Recorded on the eve of the attack on Iraq, Edward Said says the war will be a disaster and is motivated by "resources and strategic control." He then...
Israel: The Strategic Asset
The Future of the Palestinians
Chomsky denounces "the custodians of history who give the approved version" of reality. When it comes to Palestine he advises to "disabuse yourself of illusions and remember the facts." He...
Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories
Richard Falk delivers the 10th Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture. Since Edward Said’s death in 2003 a number of institutions around the world have sponsored talks by renowned academics in honor of...
Prospects for Peace and Palestine
The Oslo Accord between the Israeli government and the Palestine Liberation Organization was signed in Washington on September 13, 1993. The gala event, featuring Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser...
Interviewed by David Barsamian.