The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
June Jordan talks about some of the issues the media do not cover in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For example, Israel receives billions in U.S. aid, while aid to all the countries of sub-Saharan Africa totals $700 million. She explains why the Palestinians have had such difficulty in making their case in the U.S. She thinks they must establish moral authority. The plight of the Palestinians under occupation is rapidly deteriorating, creating even more volatility. “We don’t have much time,” she warns. She chillingly ties in the events in the Middle East to her classroom in Berkeley.
Interview by David Barsamian.
June Jordan, an award-winning poet, essayist and critic, was born in Harlem to parents who were immigrants from the West Indies. She was professor of African American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where she was the founder and Director of the Poetry for the People program. Described as “the most published African American in history,” she wrote numerous books including Technical Difficulties, Naming Our Destiny, Affirmative Acts, Poetry for the People, Haruko/Love Poems, and Soldier, a memoir of her childhood. She died in 2002.