Circuits of Influence: US, Israel, Palestine

The December 2013 American Studies Association vote to join the academic boycott of Israeli institutions generated an intense public conversation. But it represented just one moment in the decades long struggle of Palestinians against the Israeli settler colonial state. This Periscope represents a next moment. Based on presentations at the February 28-March 1, 2014, NYU American Studies Program conference Circuits of Influence: US, Israel Palestine, the included essays aim to further expand international support for this ongoing Palestinian labor. Edited by Lisa Duggan

Occupation Spin

Curtis Marez

  Serving as ASA President since the boycott has convinced me that U.S. national belonging is increasingly predicated on identification with Israel and disavowal of the violence made possible by its “special relationship” with the U.S. In “Academic Freedom with … Continue reading “Occupation Spin”

Peace Dividends

Alex Lubin

  The U.S./Israel special relationship is at once affective, geopolitically strategic, and rooted in economics.  In this essay I suggest that the neo-liberalization of the U.S. economy during the Reagan administration was tied to the formation of international free trade … Continue reading “Peace Dividends”

Locke Down on BDS?

Robin D. G. Kelley

  Ilya Schapiro of the right-wing Cato Institute recently appeared on Chris Hayes’ show on MSNBC to defend Arizona bill SB 1062 that would have allowed merchants to refuse service to LGBTQ customers under the guise of “religious freedom.” Schapiro … Continue reading “Locke Down on BDS?”