This is the book, it is very confusing. I’m only on the 26th page. It’s not that I exactly need help because most of is kind is not making sense to me right now and I feel overwhelmed.
I’m feeling down today about learning Arabic. This book is confusing, I am done with the military bro, and I feel like I haven’t progressed much.
I have so much anger for Israel and Zionism, I just want to yell fire.
There is a cruel irony and violence behind the notion of a festival celebrating “Mid East Culture” (which references the intentionally vague term middle eastern, and erases the multitude of people indigenous to the Middle East) being organized primarily by CIPAC, Cornell’s zionist chapter of AIPAC . CIPAC actively promotes Israel as a free democratic state, often by positioning it in contrast to the “violent and barbaric” Arab countries that surround it. CIPAC has continuously stood in support of Israel’s foreign policy, and occupation of Palestinian land and people.
CIPAC’s direct support of racist Israeli policies, the IDF, which has terrorized the Palestinian people for decades, and the ongoing support of the US’s imperialist ventures in the Middle East, puts this group in direct opposition to the progress and liberation of Arab and non Arab people in this region. Ultimately, CIPAC’s decision to co-opt the term “Mid East” represents their desire to steal exotic imagery, foods, dances, and a wide array of cultures from the Middle East in order to create a consumable, whitewashed monolithic, Middle Eastern identity they can call their own.
This type of cultural genocide normalizes the idea that Israel is the center of Arab culture in the Middle East, washing away any reminders of Israel’s active role in destroying Arab culture and life.
This year, I thought “trolling” would be the best way to raise awareness of this ridiculousness. And let us never forget, that the final frontier of occupation and apartheid is the invisibilizing of those who are occupied, in this case, the Palestinians.
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Tunisian artist Meriem Bouderbala combines a variety of skills and mediums including photography, painting, installation and video, using canvas, paper, glass and textiles, to create her dynamic works of art that seek to “merge Eastern and Western sensibilities around the representation of the body and thus regain “the point where the human figure is both flesh and signs.”“
Most of the above pieces are taken from her 2008 series Bédouine.
I think I am a very eccentric person, but I also think it makes me interesting.