Staring prejudice in the face imposes a cruel discipline: to structure your anger, to achieve a certain dignity, an angry dignity.
Nakba Day continues to grow in prominence as a time for remembrance and protest, an alternative history to the narrative of Israeli ‘independence’, and a reminder that the ‘miracle’ of a Jewish state was actually realised through the historically familiar methods of expulsion and colonial erasure. But this is more than just an anniversary or commemoration. In three important ways, the Nakba is not simply confined to the history books.
On the 65th anniversary of the Nakba, Ben White writes about the historic ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the Zionist movement, and the establishment of the State of Israel on the rubble of hundreds of emptied, destroyed villages.
In the future, the laws that criminalize so many forms of human love and commitment will look the way apartheid laws do to us now - so obviously wrong. We know that LGBT people are a part of every human community.
I have a confession to make. I think I am in friend-love with you.
Megan Garber on why in times of crisis, the media and the world beyond it have a symptomatic tendency to privilege caricatures over characters, to emphasize adjectives rather than verbs, to focus on contradictions instead of complexity.
That Thin Membrane That Is A Battleground
“At that thin membrane, the hymen, narratives unfold and lives are determined. There, the binaries of the clean and the stained, the righteous and the debauched, the honorable and the shamed flourish. There the blurry border between the civilized and the backward, the liberated and the oppressed, the East and the West pretends to lie. There the claims to flesh as an evidentiary terrain stand. […]”