Mick Taussig in Ramallah

Part of the text for class tomorrow discusses exoticism and job futures (topical):

How can I, the stranger, who teaches in the USA and does not live this situation, find that crooked path avoiding its exoticization while trying to crack the stupendous indifference to it? For it is exotic, this brazen and sadistic cruelty exercised routinely by the Occupiers, meaning in the first instance the settlers and the soldiers, just as people outside of Palestine seem indifferent to it. Surely cruelty on a massive, institutionalized, scale, has existed since the world began, but what happens in Palestine is mightily dependent on the manipulated indifference of the US taxpayers and on the nimbus of what is called “public opinion” according to which support of Palestine is treason or something close to it and support for Israel has become a patriotic if not holy obligation. Nobody who has said anything critical of Israel or supportive of the Palestinians is going to have an easy time getting appointed to a high US government or university post nowadays, or the NYC Board of Education, for that matter, all of which evokes memories of earlier moral crusades in the US,

From ‘Two Weeks in Palestine’ Critical Inquiry 

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  • john hutnyk  On 03/09/2014 at 20:10

    ‘We sat for what seemed an eternity looking at Jerusalem winking at us in the hot night as he lit another cigarette.’

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  • john hutnyk  On 03/09/2014 at 20:13

    ‘the whole of the West Bank is a prison and I guess Gaza more so’

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  • john hutnyk  On 03/09/2014 at 20:16

    ‘Imagine nobody resident in Brooklyn is allowed to go to Times Square’

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  • john hutnyk  On 03/09/2014 at 20:26

    ‘On a nearby wall was a portrait of a smiling Leila Khaled’

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