A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America

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Upon signing the first U.S. arms agreement with Israel in 1962, John F. Kennedy assured Golda Meir that the United States had “a special relationship with Israel in the Middle East,” comparable only to that of the United States with Britain. After more than five decades such a statement might seem incontrovertible—and yet its meaning has been fiercely contested from the first.

A Shadow over Palestine brings a new, deeply informed, and transnational perspective to the decades and the cultural forces that have shaped sharply differing ideas of Israel’s standing with the United States—right up to the violent divisions of our day. Focusing on the period from 1960 to 1985, author Keith P. Feldman reveals the centrality of Israel and Palestine in postwar U.S. imperial culture. Some representations of the region were used to manufacture “commonsense” racial ideologies underwriting the conviction that liberal democracy must coexist with racialized conditions of segregation, border policing, poverty, and the repression of dissent. Others animated vital critiques of these conditions, often forging robust if historically obscured border-crossing alternatives.

In this rich cultural history of the period, Feldman deftly analyzes how artists, intellectuals, and organizations—from the United Nations, the Black Panther Party, and the Association of Arab American University Graduates to James Baldwin, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Edward Said, and June Jordan—linked the unfulfilled promise of liberal democracy in the United States with the perpetuation of settler democracy in Israel and the possibility of Palestine’s decolonization.

In one of his last essays, published in 2003, Edward Said wrote, “In America, Palestine and Israel are regarded as local, not foreign policy, matters.” A Shadow over Palestine maps the jagged terrain on which this came to be, amid a wealth of robust alternatives, and the undeterred violence at home and abroad that has been unleashed as a result of this special relationship.

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Keith P. Feldman is assistant professor of comparative ethnic studies and a core faculty member in the Program in Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley.

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"I can't speak enthusiastically enough about the fundamental insights of this book, which show how understandings of Israel and Palestine were central to postwar racial formations in the United States and beyond."  - Melani McAlister, George Washington University

"The scope of Feldman's book predates the contemporary racial justice movement in the United States, but his analysis resonates when you listen to the cry of 'Black Lives Matter.' " - Alex Kane, Ha'aretz

"The story told by A Shadow over Palestine has the potential to help us to bring into existence the less vexing, and more just, history yet to come." - Anthony Alessandrini, Jadaliyya

"In the field of Palestine Studies, Feldman is unique in paying attention not only to the racial formation of the Israel-Palestine conflict through the prism of American Studies, but also to the construction of intra-Jewish racism in Israel."- Smadar Lavie, Cultural Studies

"Feldman's expert analysis of the complex and relational politics of the Israeli-Palestine conflict sets the standard for how we think about America in the world and the world in America."- Alex Lubin, Journal of American History

"Feldman's fine contribution to scholarship on Palestine and U.S. imperialism has both roots and wings."- Bill V. Mullen, American Studies

"[A]n important and stimulating work. It raises questions and exposes connections that historians must contend with... advanc[ing] ongoing efforts to fashion a critical appraisal of America's engagement with the Middle East." - R. Thomas Bobal, Canadian Journal of History

"Groundbreaking.... Feldman uncovers a luminous tradition of Palestinian internationalism... He expertly guides readers through the nuance of his sources while clearly situating them in specific historical epochs." - Steven Salaita, Electronic Intifada
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Through his relational approach, Feldman illuminates the intersection of domestic, international, and supranational constructions of racism.... A great example of Ethnic Studies scholarship."- Rawan Arar, Ethnic and Racial Studies

"If Feldman has succeeded in raising up the memory of a time when to think of Palestine was to think, too, of the surrounding region and indeed the world, he has done for us an important service indeed." - Max Ajl, Warscapes

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