I noticed that Phillip elegantly sidestepped Haneen Zoabis assertion that African migrants could have a role to play in Palestinians struggle
(Which granted, was a supremely stupid question to ask if you know even a little bit about the region.)
I assume the reason why he didn’t explore or explain her deadpan refusal, is because he knows perfectly well why she answered that way.
From Haneens point of view, which would be considered obvious beyond explanation for most Palestinians, an African migrant is not a Palestinian and therefore has nothing to do in their struggle.
Since Haneen is first of all a nationalist, it follows that in the hypothetical Palestinian state she is trying to make a reality, there would be no room for African migrants or anybody else but Palestinians. She even says that much, when she talks about one democratic multicultural state and “one state for Palestinians”.
At best they might be tolerated as an unavoidable fact, as in Israel in some cases, and exploited for their cheap labor and dreams of a life in Europe.
And this is seriously who Phillip Weiss thinks a brave and courageous, laudable and quotable activist? The reason that she isn’t being featured more isn’t that she in any way is dangerous for the status quo.
Its because she IS the status quo. She is merely replacing one kind of virulent nationalism: Zionism with a Palestinian virulent nationalism, which in the eyes of most people isn’t exactly progress.
Unfortunately, Phillip Weiss can’t see it, which is because he seems smitten by an affliction that is often mentioned here: PEP. He’s Progressive Except for Palestine.
Like many of his comrades, he either ignores any evil which he’d never support in any other case, or excuse it when it comes to Palestine “because Israel does the same!”
Principled progressives turning PEP is always sad, though perhaps understandable.
After decades of setbacks and lack of other options on the Palestinian side, they’re forced to either give up their engagement in the Palestinian cause such as I did, or ally with virulent nationalists and Islamists like HAMAS, and pretend that they’re not guilty of the very sin they often accuse Zionists for. Holding one part to a different standard.