Annie, it’s important to ask ourselves how the Palestinians got so popular among a certain segment of the American “left,” and why in the meantime their material conditions have just gotten worse and worse. I have seen SJP go to nothing on my campus, as they were folded into intersectional identity politics. I have seen the post-Salaita environment here in Urbana go to nothing after all the support he allegedly had, which was of course ineffectual. I’ve seen the rise of Bend the Arc among Jewish liberal Zionists, who are accepted and even awarded by the local immigrant rights advocates.
In the midst of that are fruitless debates about BDS, anti-BDS, etc. etc. In the midst of that, Alan Dershowitz is invited to speak about “civil liberties” by the Business School. In the midst of that are fruitless student referendums on BDS that don’t educate anyone and that lose, due to both ignorance and apathy, providing an unnecessary “win” for the Zionists and anti-BDS university administrators.
In any event, Linda Sarsour’s alliance with JVP speaks volumes to me. They have both become self-sustaining but not effective, as so often happens. They are just one more “cause.” The Palestinians deserve more than to be a “cause,” and as a “cause” they will never make any progress. BDS has proved to be a failure. JVP has proved to be a failure. Linda Sarsour has proved to be a failure. It’s time to think hard and critically about what’s been going down since, say, 2014 (Salaita, Protective Edge).
Linda Sarsour shows no ability for self-criticism. If she shows humility, it’s fake humility. She does none of the hard work to analyze the absolutely unshakable military alliance between the U.S. and Israel, from which the Palestinians suffer.
If her entire (lack of) analytical content and style don’t give that away to you, I really don’t know what more I can say. You’ve been taken in by her style which reveals an utter lack of substance.
If she wants to work for Bernie Sanders, fine. But don’t pretend that’s working for the Palestinians, for any viable notion of a radically changed USFP and end of Israel’s role in U.S. hegemony in the Middle East.