Upon reviewing Nicholas Kristof’s latest article and blog post; they collectively form the play list for DJ NYT’s Patronizing the Palestinians 2010: Summer Party Mix. First up is his latest article, "Waiting for Gandhi on the West Bank".
Despite being stoned and tear-gassed on this trip, I find a reed of hope here.
While much of the world have been meanies and given up on the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process, this brave Western soul hasn’t! DJ NYT starts the show with Great White Hope Still Has Hope for "Peace" This one is also a fave of Thomas Friedman and Roger Cohen. The benevolent Great White Hope is writing to teach you a lesson on the two state solution!
Fire up the bbq and get a cold one out of the fridge cuz here comes that classic summer jam: Protests Aren’t Peaceful.
At first the mood was festive and peaceful, and you could glimpse the potential of this approach. But then a group of Palestinian youths began to throw rocks at Israeli troops. That’s the biggest challenge: many Palestinians define “nonviolence” to include stone-throwing.
I love that one because it brings back fond memories of MC Jaron's blinged-out party anthem from earlier this year: West Bank Spectacle.
Here’s track 3 on DJ NYT’s summer play list. This one comes from the New York Times’ Greatest Hits album. We all fondly remember the classic, No Palestinian Ghandi:
It’s a far cry from the heroism of Gandhi’s followers, who refused even to raise their arms to ward off blows as they were clubbed.
DJ NYT surprises the crowd by playing the lead single off Kristof’s new album. Here‘s one for all the ladies in the house tonight: Unless Palestinian Women Get Beaten, Protests Aren’t Peaceful
What if the women allowed themselves to be tear-gassed, beaten and arrested without a single rock being thrown?
MC Kristof has always been known for the deep social commentary in his lyrics. He doesn't disappoint today!
Coming up next is a new take on an old favorite, The Good Palestinians (PA Luv) Seek Peace:
One genuinely peaceful initiative is a local boycott of goods produced by Jewish settlements on the West Bank.
Finish off that strawberry daiquiri, because here's one I know you've all been waiting for: No Palestinian Martin Luther King!
So far there is no Palestinian version of Martin Luther King Jr.
Get ready to hit the dance floor, cuz comin atcha here’s Palestinians Aren’t Feminists
Most Palestinian demonstrations are overwhelmingly male, but in Budrus women played a central role.
It's good of MC Kristof to teach Palestinians how to properly protest. Is there anything this magnanimous outsider can't do!?
DJ NYT took a quick break, but the hits keep coming this Summer 2010! Kristof’s blog post “Palestinian Civil Disobedience”: Palestinians Aren’t a Partner for Peace:
the Palestinians are split between Gaza and the West Bank, so there is no unified entity that can deliver all Palestinians.
The ladies always throw their panties on stage for this next one, We All Know What Peace Would Look Like:
we know what the final deal would look like — the Clinton parameters, or the Geneva accord.
For the first time ever, First Intifada Not Nonviolent back to back with that smooth slow jam, Palestinians Would’ve Disgusted Ghandhi (ft. Kenny G on the Sax):
Compare the first intifada to Gandhi’s salt march or to King’s work in Selma, and they’re not remotely similar…His principle was that protesters shouldn’t even raise their arms to protect themselves when they were clubbed — and stone-throwing would have left him aghast.
DJ NYT closes the set with two show stoppers, Israel: Still a Democracy / Palestinians Must Prove their Peacefulness To Earn Their Freedom:
But Israel is a democracy with huge numbers of television cameras all over. And I think American public opinion and a good chunk of Israeli public opinion would be moved by the sight of large numbers of peaceful protesters.
I'm disappointed DJ NYT didn't play the bugged out Busta Rhymes inspired Fayyad Fetish (only the remix w/ Lady Gaga on the hook). I was also surprised he left out my favorite song of all time Right of Return not Realistic (Baby, Look Forward not Back).