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IDF Arrests Peaceful Resistance Organizers in West Bank

IDF Arrests Peaceful Resistance Organizers in West Bank


In a string of midnight raids, IDF forces have arrested several leaders of ‘civil society’ resistance in the West Bank. On December 9th in Nablus, Israeli forces snatched Wael Fahiq and Ziad Asalaos, both associated with secularism, non-violent community organizing and international outreach against Zionism.

Earlier in the year, Israel aided the Palestinian comprador party, Fatah, in wiping out Hamas and similar armed, Islamic resistance movements in the West Bank. This came after Hamas was elected as the majority party of the interim Palestinian government. Since 1947, the Israeli settler-state has seized most of the land and stripped Palestinians of basic civil rights. Today, Israel continues settlement on Palestinian land. Despite the odds against them, Palestinians still resist.

Revolutionaries support the struggles of Palestinians against imperialism and settler-occupation. This is not a liberal abstraction. Revolutionaries support those waging struggles and unity between various resisting forces. RAIM stands with Palestinians: we don’t see ourselves of having the luxury of a moral high ground. We support those on the ground, striking blows against the common enemy and building for greater resistance.

Israel, in its provocation and repression all Palestinian resistance, is creating a situation which will further unite Palestinians and hasten its own demise. RAIM and all those who support revolution must also work toward this end.



Letter by ‘secular humanist’ group, Tanweer, from Nablus: http://www.tanwer.org

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Professor Joel Kovel Sacked for Opposing Zionism

Professor Joel Kovel Sacked for Opposing Zionism


Joel Kovel, former Alger Hiss Chair of Social Studies at Bard College, was fired this past February because of his public stance against Zionism. In a recent statement, Kovel describes the conflict with the Bard administration, one which began in 2002 after he came out against the Israeli state.

Kovel’s most recent book, Overcoming Zionism was published in 2007. At the behest of Amerikan Zionists the book was briefly censored by the University of Michigan Press. The next year Bard College, which has been called one of the most ‘progressive’ colleges in the country, refused to renew Kovel’s teaching contract.

The sacking of Professor Kovel comes as part of a long line of attacks on radicals in academia. Most notably, Kovel’s dismissal comes at a time when Ward Churchill is preparing to sue the University of Colorado for a similar politically motivated termination.

Cases like Joel Kovel and Ward Churchill blow completely open the myth of free speech in Amerika. While the First Amendment nominally exists, channels of expression such as professorships are reserved for one type of speech: the kind serves the interest of imperialism. Though a few individual radicals have made their way into positions of greater access to the means effective speech, keeping these positions depends on not making waves: not effectively challenging Amerika’s role in the world.

Ward Churchill and Joel Kovel crossed that line. Churchill described 9/11, Amerika’s only ‘tragedy’ in recent memory, in its correct terms: a long overdue event whose ‘victims’ were technocrats, or “little Eichmanns,” in a fascistic global empire. Whether he was a professor, a voice in the media or an elected politician, such remarks demanded his purging from the effective channels of speech.

Kovel is not the first to face punishment for taking a stand against the Israeli state. In early 2007, Professor Norman Finklestein was denied tenure at DePaul University, another ‘progressive’ institution. A long time critic of Israel, in 2000 and 2005 he wrote two books which examined Israel’s use of the Holocaust as justification for its crimes and occupation today.

Being oppressors upon the world, Amerikans and Israelis are natural allies. Amerika and Israel have a common strategic interest, a fact which is not lost on the population of either country. As settler nations founded on stolen land and the graves of indigenous populations, cultural affinity comes easy. Thus attacks against Israel are treated as attacks against Amerika. It should come as no surprise that polemicizing against Israel results in being demonized and reprimanded by Amerikans.

The Bill of Rights is just a piece of paper. Freedom of speech exists in a limited way and has never been granted to the extent of effectively challenging existing power. Joel Kovel, like Ward Churchill, is one of many radical professors who have recently found this out.


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