Intellectual Resistance and the Struggle for Palestine


I have been thinking and writing about the Question of Palestine (the Israel-Palestine conflict) for a little more than ten years. While I am not an expert on the Middle East and am neither Arab nor Jewish, I have grown increasingly concerned—as someone interested in the state of public discourse in the United States and the declining quality of American democratic deliberative processes—by how the political and intellectual stakes around the conflict have been obscured by charges and countercharges of extremism and bad faith. An open and frank discussion about the Israel-Palestine conflict in the United States faces certain obstacles and discursive roadblocks, preventing a complete consideration of the range of facts necessary for understanding the far-ranging consequences that continued strife in the region will produce for the rest of the world.


Middle East Academic Freedom Jewish People Peace Process Israeli Defense Force 
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