SUMMARY:In response to emergent global solidarity movements for Palestinian liberation, a rich body of scholarship has developed to more thoroughly examine the internationalization of the Palestinian struggle. At the height of the decolonization movements that swept the Third World, Palestine emerged as a cause that counted amongst its supporters the Puerto Rican independence movement, the Black Panthers, revolutionary Cuban forces, and liberation movements across continents. At the same time, Israel built inroads into decolonizing states as part of its "periphery strategy" to subvert Third World solidarities and bypass the boycott of Arab states. Over the last half-century, Israel has established close military, economic, and agricultural alliances with governments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that have proved crucial for its international standing.
This panel aims to stage a conversation between scholarly debates rarely brought into dialogue: the enduring global legitimacy of Israeli settler-colonialism and its racial security state, and the longstanding anti-colonial solidarities that succeeded in internationalizing the question of Palestine. This panel will examine how scholarship across disciplines has separately theorized the contradictory relations between Israel, Palestine and the Third World, and asks how we might construct new genealogies and analyses of the present by bringing these distinct bodies of research together. Collectively, we aim to better understand how relations between Israel and the decolonizing Third World created the conditions for continued Israeli colonization, as well as how Third World solidarity movements have worked to lay the foundations for Palestinian liberation.
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(University of California, Santa Cruz)