Lila Abu-Lughod: Should We Act on Israel/Palestine, or Not?

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

[this essay originally appeared in Anthropology News]

abu-lughodI hope people will read the Task Force Report on Israel/Palestine. It represents hundreds of hours of labor by our colleagues. It reflects what is special about our discipline and why most of us are proud to be anthropologists. Based on close listening, careful observation, wide reading, and a search to find the right analytical framework, it fairly presents the situation about which we all now must make a decision. The comparative perspective these anthropologists brought to the task and their acknowledgment of both anthropology’s historic complicity and courage with regard to past and present colonial and neocolonial injustices, shape the report. Those who want to know more should consult the ethnographic work of so many colleagues who have done fieldwork in Palestinian communities (e.g. Lori Allen 2013; Amahl Bishara 2012; Ilana Feldman2008; Rhoda Kanaaneh 2008;

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France’s tax subsidy on ‘gifts’ to Israeli army | Jonathan Cook’s Blog

Just let me soak thus in for a minute, so if Mr or Ms French citizen want to donate to charity they get a tax rebate?

Sounds reasonable.

And, if Mr and Ms French citizen want to donate to the illegally occupying forces of the Zionist Apartheid regime of Israel they get a rebate too?


So since when did Bibi’s army register as a charity?

Then to make matters worse, if you  publicly voice astonishment about any of that,  you receive death threats.

Great post from Jonathon Cook.

SteveLendmanBlog: Clinton Email Revelation: Destroying Syria “Best Way to Help Israel”

Thanks to willyloman for the Lendman post.

And didn’t we all just know it. Out damn spot!

It’s like knowing how it all ends in one of the greatest tragedies ever conceived.


“Naked aggression was her strategy of choice. She called raping Syria, massacring its people and ousting Assad “the right thing” to do.

“Washington should start by expressing its willingness to work with regional allies like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar to organize, train and arm Syrian rebel forces.”

“The fall of the House of Assad could well ignite a sectarian war between the Shiites and the majority Sunnis of the region drawing in Iran, which, in the view of Israeli commanders would not be a bad thing for Israel and its Western allies.”

A world war has begun. Break the silence


A little piece from John Pilger, who wouldn’t know me but thanks to the net, feels like an old friend.

I was drawn to the bit where Obama particularly likes to send the drones in on Tuesdays.

Yep thats what Pilger says, Obama is just what another friend of mine would call “a real see you next Tuesday!”

Forbes Yanks a Negative Article on JPMorgan While the Bank Pays for Content


As Pam Martens says,

Does one depravity lead to the next in corporate America? Is the whoring of Wall Street the inevitable driver of whoring everything else it touches – from politics, to ratings agencies, to foreign cartel activity and, finally, a “free press”?