Course readings

READINGS for 12/9/2010: BDS as the global movement for solidarity with Palestine

1. “Palestinian United Call for BDS against Israel,” Boycott Divestment Sanctions National Committee

2. “PACBI Guidelines for the International Cultural Boycott of Israel”

3. “PACBI Guidelines for the International Academic Boycott of Israel”

3. “BDS in the USA: 2001-2010,” Noura Erakat

4. Palestinian Queers for BDS (PQBDS) (for anyone who didn’t read this for last class)

5. Rafeef Ziadah, Adam Hanieh, Hazem Jamjoum “Challenging the New Apartheid: Reflections on Palestine Solidarity,” , Left Turn, 2006.

6. Esther Kaplan, “Globalize the Intifada” in Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. New York: Grove Press, 2003. (sorry for poor scanning)

7. “From South Africa to Palestine, Lessons for the New anti-Apartheid Movement,” Salim Vally, Left Turn, April 9, 2008:


READINGS for 11/30: queer oppression and resistance within Palestine solidarity and resistance politics

1. Joseph Massad, “Re-Orienting Desire: The Gay International and the Arab World” Public Culture, Vol. 14, No. 2, Spring 2002, pp. 361-385

2. “Queer” As A Tool Of Colonial Oppression: The Case Of Israel/Palestine by Blair Kuntz

3. “Israel, Palestine, and Queers” by Haneen Maikey and Jason Ritchie

“Palestinian queer activist Haneen Maikey believes Israel’s occupation is spurs a local determination for change” by Morten Berthelsen

4. “Palestinian Queers for BDS: A Struggle Against Israel’s Colonization, Occupation and Apartheid”

5. “Speaking out Against Israeli Apartheid”


READINGS for 11/16: zionism in relation to white supremacy, anti-racist politics of anti-zionism

1. Nadine Naber, Eman Desouky, and Lina Baroudi, “The Forgotten “-ism”: An Arab American Women’s Perspective on Zionism, Racism, and Sexism” in Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology. Cambridge: South End Press, 2006

2. Andrea Smith, “Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy: Rethinking Women of Color Organizing” in Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology. Cambridge: South End Press, 2006

3. Joseph Massad, “Zionism’s Internal Others” Israel and the Oriental Jews”  Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 25, No. 4 (Summer, 1996), pp. 53-68

4. Sami Shalom Chetrit, “30 Years to the Black Panthers in Israel”


READINGS for 11/9: continuing a discussion of women’s activism against the occupation and militarism, bringing in a feminist analysis against war/occupation

1. “A refusal of othering: Palestinian and Israeli women” in From Where We Stand: War, Women’s Activism, & Feminist Analysis” Ed. Cynthia Cockburn. New York: Zed Books, 2007

2. Frances S. Hasso, “The ‘Women’s Front’: Nationalism, Feminism, and Modernity in Palestine” Gender and Society, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Aug., 1998), pp. 441-465

3. bell hooks, “Feminism and Militarism: A Comment” Women’s Studies Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 3/4, Rethinking Women’s Peace Studies (Fall -Winter, 1995), pp. 58-64

(if you don’t have Hampshire ID access to these, let me know I can email them to you)


READINGS for 11/2: feminist politics within Palestinian resistance

1. Orayb Aref Najjar, “Between Nationalism and Feminism: The Palestinian Answer,” from Women Transforming Politics: Worldwide Strategies for Empowerment. Ed. Jill M. Bystydzienski. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1992

2. Chapters 2 & 3, Palestinian Women of Gaza and the West Bank. Edited by Suha Sabbagh. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1998.


FILM SCREENING on 10/26: The Lemon Tree

Readings to frame/accompany film viewing and discussion:

1. “Nilin village resists Israel’s land confiscation” Report of The Electronic  Intifada,  7 October 2008.
2. “Occupation affects every aspect of olive oil production,” Report of The Electronic Intifada, 19 October 2010
3. “Israeli colonization means life of poverty for W. Bank children,”
Report of The Electronic Intifada, 12 July 2010
4. White, Ben. “Beit Sahour: a microcosm of Israeli colonization”
The Electronic Intifada, 19 April 2010
5. Report: “Destruction of Olive Groves,” Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church USA.


READINGS for 10/19: continuing discussion on Palestinian nationalism and national resistance, one addition to past readings (please be caught up so we can discuss all!)

**questions for thoughts & discussion forthcoming. post on the main page of the blog if you have some!!

1. Rashid Khalidi, “The ‘Disappearance’ and Reemergence of Palestinian Identity” Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997


FILM SCREENING on 10/15: Paradise Now

Readings to frame/accompany film viewing and discussion:

1. Sigler, John. “Palestine: Legitimate Armed Resistance vs. Terrorism” The Electronic Intifada, 17 October 2004.
2. Winstanley, Asa. “Book review: Palestinian views on suicide operations” The Electronic Intifada, 13 October 2009.
3. Abunimah, Ali. “On violence and the Intifada,” The Electronic Intifada, 22 January 2003.


READINGS for 10/12: Broad history of Palestinian nationalism

Both are links that require Hampshire account access- if you can’t get to it email me.

Discussion focus (possible film to watch in class) TBA

1. Helga Baumgarten, “The Three Faces/Phases of Palestinian Nationalism, 1948-2005” Journal of Palestine Studies

2. Qais Salim, “Resistance and National Self-Determination in Palestine” MERIP Reports


READING for 10/5: where Zionism and Palestinian resistance met

1. Hassassian, Dr. Manuel. “The Rise of Zionism and Palestinians Nationalism” in Palestine: Factionalism in the National Movement, (1919 – 1939). Jerusalem: Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, 1990.


READINGS for 9/28: the historical development of Zionism, Zionism in relation to Palestinians

1. Said, Edward. “Zionism from the Standpoint of its Victoms” Social Text, No. 1 Winter 1979, Pp. 7-58. (need Hampshire ID to login, let me know if you don’t have access)

2. Finkelstein, Norman. “Zionist Orientations: The Theory and Practice of Jewish Nationalism” in Image and Reality in the Israel/Palestine Conflict, New York: Verso, 2003.

3. Pappe, Ilan. “Introduction: A New Look at Modern Palestine and Israel” in A History of Modern Palestine. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

5. “Declaration of Israel’s Independence 1948, Issued at Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948 (5th of Iyar, 5708)” with Introduction.


READINGS for 9/21: Zionism as imperialism and as empowered by Western imperialism

1. Brown, Pete. “How Imperialism Fostered Zionism,” Communist Voice, Issue #31, vol. 9, #1. May 20, 2003.

2.  Kunin, Jason. “A Genuine Peace Movement Cannot Be Zionist”  17 August 2008.

3. Machover, Moshe. “Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Resolution” Lecture of Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust Annual Lecture, November 30, 2006. Printed in International Socialist Review, Issue 65, May-June 2009.

4. Arendt, Hannah. “Zionism Reconsidered” in The Jewish Writings, eds. Jerome Kohn and Ron H. Feldman. New York: Schocken Books, 2007. Pp. 343-374

5. “Document: The White Paper of 1922 (the “Churchill White Paper”) British White Paper, June 1922″ with Introduction.

6. Document: “The Balfour Declaration, Foreign Office, November 2nd, 1917” with Introduction.