The shooting of Palestinian students Tahseen Ahmad, Hisham Awartani, & Kinnan Abdalhamid in the US is not an isolated attack. Growing dehumanisation of Palestinians since October 7 has led to a rise in anti-Arab racism & violence, writes Samar Saeed.
Western media coverage of Palestinians as violent terrorists has normalised their dehumanisation & legitimised Israel’s crimes against them - like the siege & genocide in Gaza. It refuses to view their struggle as anti-colonial, argues Samar Saeed.
Following the death of Khader Adnan, Samar Saeed argues that in a colonial carceral system that aims to crush the body, soul, and mind of Palestinians, political prisoners are central to the struggle for liberation.
The historic passing of BDS by The Middle East Studies Association should be celebrated for strengthening academic freedom and countering Israel’s implication of institutions within the oppression of Palestinians, writes Samar Saeed.
The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) in the US will soon vote on whether it will answer the call for BDS. As the largest academic body of its kind, the outcome could set the tone for the institutions worldwide, writes Samar Saeed.