Black and Palestinian struggle and the fight for Ethnic Studies in California

July 8, 2021
San Francisco Bay View

...Thanks to racist pro-Israel groups like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Arab American Studies has now been edited down into: Asian American & Pacific Islander Studies. Zionist groups also successfully lobbied to remove the word “Palestine,” the BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions) Movement supporting Palestinian lives, and references to the first Palestinian American congressperson in the US, Rashida Tlaib. 

Arab American Studies also now lacks the original’s mention of colonialism in the Arab world, and the relationship between Islamophobia and US foreign policy. 

The scope of the revisions go well beyond Arab American Studies, removing the concept of capitalism as a system that reinforces racial and ethnic oppression. The California Teachers Association, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Black Lives Matter Global Network, Jewish Voice for Peace and Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism are among the other social justice groups that publicly support the original version. ...

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July 8, 2021