Once Arab-Jews actually arrived in Israel they were subjected to a process known in Hebrew as “the negation of the diaspora” or “shlilat ha’galut”. The language, traditions, and norms they brought with them from the Arab world needed to be rejected in order for them to become Israeli. They needed to change their names, they needed to learn Hebrew, they needed to adapt their religious customs to Ashkenazi customs, and so on. The success of the Israeli state depended on the renegotiation of their identities. We see this process in the “statist” period of Israel (up until the rise of Likud and end of Labour), and the kibbutz was the defining instrument in achieving this. Eli Amir’s book “Scapegoat” is a really excellent account of this, but I can’t find any English versions online. Perhaps I’ll translate a bit of it from my Hebrew copy. Sami Shalom Chetrit is another Arab-Jewish activist in Israel. Here is an interesting interview by him. He argues, “Ashkenazi Zionism has destroyed Arab-Jewish life in the Middle East, almost to a point of no return.”
I feel like Pandora’s business model is, “We could only buy the rights to the Smiths and The Cure, now we need an elaborate ruse to get people to listen to them again.”
Individualist acts of cultural subversion and transcendence are incapable of challenging structures of oppression and exploitation.
Our broader strategy for social change must go beyond liberal and post-modernist conceptions of personal expression as politics.
casual reminder that the largest producers of CO2 in this country are in fact cows and not cars.
our industrialization and consumption of cow meat is destroying the planet faster than the big metal monsters we pilot ourselves around in.
"~driving isn’t vegan~" I hate you
Other Kris, it’s cruelty towards cycling animals and cannot be justified.