Tag: Palestine

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Lasso of Truth: Why Wonder Woman Isn’t the Feminist Film You’ve Been Waiting For

Princess of Themyscira. Lasso-wielding badass. Feminist Icon. On June 2nd, comic-book lovers, women, and DC Universe fanatics alike flocked to theaters for the much-anticipated debut of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, a film that garnered publicity namely for purported exceptional female representation. Casted in the role of the Amazonian warrior princess was Gal Gadot, an Israeli…

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Palestinian-American activist Noura Erakat talks history of Israel-Palestinian conflict

On Tuesday Nov. 4, Noura Erakat, a Palestinian-American activist and legal scholar, spoke about her experience and work in the Middle East and participated in a discussion with Macalester students about issues regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Erakat came to Macalester through the Department of Multicultural Life’s SPEAK! series. Erakat began by speaking of her personal…

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Debate over Israeli boycott comes to Mac

Over 80 Macalester community members attended a panel on the American Studies Association (ASA) boycott of Israeli academic institutions last Tuesday. The crowd overflowed Carnegie 06A, which seats 60. “It’s evident that people will turn up when there’s debate and dialogue,” panelist Noah Westreich ’15 said. Members of J Street U and Mac Students United…

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A rejection of the Palestinian monopolization on victimhood

In Sophia Hansen-Day’s recent article “Why is Macalester Silent about Israeli Apartheid” the author argues that the American Studies Association (the ASA) was correct in boycotting Israeli academic institutions several weeks ago. While I respect her for voicing her opinions, I found them to be lacking in historical depth, fairness and nuance (all of which…

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Why is Macalester silent about Israeli apartheid?

As Israeli Apartheid Week draws to a close in the United States, I share a belated response to the op-ed published two weeks ago titled “Why is Macalester silent about academic freedom?” concerning the American Studies Association’s recent resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. As an American Studies major and as an activist engaged in…

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Why is Macalester silent about academic freedom?

In response to the American Studies Association’s recent resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions, 229 colleges and universities here in the US as well as higher education associations such as the Association of American Universities have publicly condemned the ASA’s decision as a violation to academic freedom. Take Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, who…

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Working toward two states

“They worship death.” That was how a high school friend scathingly described Palestinians as we discussed the ongoing conflict between Palestinians and Israelis over lunch several years ago. At the time, I did not know how to react, as I could not possibly understand what engendered such hatred. Last autumn, I witnessed a group of…