Randa Abdel-Fattah is a Future Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University researching Arab/Muslim Australian radical social movements from the 1970s to date. She is also the award winning author of over 12 novels.
Australia’s major literary festival is facing backlash as it prepares to host renowned Palestinians writers Susan Abulhawa & Mohammed El-Kurd. Once again Israel’s crimes against Palestinians are absent from the media storm, writes Randa Abdel-Fattah.
Randa Abdel-Fattah recounts how her family’s dispossession and exile from Palestine raised her consciousness regarding the genocide committed against First Nations people in Australia, and showed the importance of solidarity in taking on colonialism.
As Muslims celebrate Eid al Adha, Randa Abdel-Fattah reflects on the difficulty in seeing Muslim institutions cosy up to the state, especially amidst rising oppression. Such relationships, defined by the war on terror, do not serve Muslims.
Australia’s first festival bringing together diverse Muslim women is a radical disruption to the violence meted out against the community, especially considering 85% of Islamophobic abuse is targeted at veiled Muslim women, writes Randa Abdel-Fattah.
Palestinians in Australia, like across the West, are endlessly fighting for their humanity and right to liberation, when Muslim institutions are complicit in normalising pro-Israel politicians, the task is even greater, writes Randa Abdel-Fattah.
From the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and other journalists by Israel, to Western governments' policies that weaponise antisemitism and criminalise BDS, these are all tactics intended to silence Palestine solidarity, writes Randa Abdel-Fattah.
Filled with familiar motifs and sensationalised moral panics over radicalisation, the British government’s Islamophobic plot targeting Muslim schools is the latest chapter in the never ending story of Islamophobia, writes Randa Abdel-Fattah.
The recent success of the boycott of the 2022 Sydney Festival not only reveals the power of BDS, but also how solidarity and community building is always necessary for victory, writes Randa Abdel-Fattah.