Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:00 pm
Listen to an interview on Pacifica station, KPFK Public Radio with David Lloyd (photo), Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, and a founding member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and with Eli Unger-Sargon, an Israeli-American writer/director/filmmaker of People Without a Land.
Introduction: “This is today; one must be anti-Zionist. The statement begins, U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) stands in solidarity with movements resisting Trumpâ€™s authoritarian, racist, mysogenist, neo-liberal and violently imperial policy. It goes on to say: at the same time we have been reinvigorated by the spread of popular resistance and mass protests across the US. We are inspired by the intensified coalitions that have linked immigrant rights, anti-capitalist, feminist, environmentalist, anti-war, queer, indigenist, and anti-fascist movements, and that have built on struggles such as black lives matter, water protectors protesting the Dakota access pipeline, and sanctuary activism. These movements portend to challenge an opportunity for progressives and other leftists everywhere. As an organization committed to solidarity with the Palestinian freedom struggle and an end to US support for Israeli Apartheid and occupation, we have also been struck by the conjuncture between the Trump regimeâ€™s Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism and its anti-Semitism. We want to note the disturbing and telling ways that the Trump administration and alt-right movementâ€™s support for white nationalism dovetails with its promotion of Zionism. There is an often seemingly paradoxical convergence between this simultaneous advocacy of White supremacy, Zionism, and anti-Semitism.”