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Israel/Palestine and the Queer International Paperback – October 12, 2012
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About the Author
Sarah Schulman is a longtime AIDS and queer activist, and a cofounder of the MIX Festival and the ACT UP Oral History Project. She is a playwright and the author of seventeen books, including the novels The Mere Future, Shimmer, Rat Bohemia, After Delores, and People in Trouble, as well as nonfiction works such as The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life during the Reagan/Bush Years, Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, and Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America, which is also published by Duke University Press. She is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at The City University of New York, College of Staten Island.
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Top Customer Reviews
Schulman's thoughtful reflection on her own intellectual journey as she unpacks her relationship to Israel and U.S. policy in the Middle East is an excellent example of the kind of intellectual work we must all do when it comes to U.S. foreign policy and globalization. It takes a lot of work to sort out the sources of our assumptions; she does that in this book with a thoughtfulness that I deeply admire.
The book is not only about her intellectual journey, but also how she worked to examine and expose the intersections of Israel/Palestine with queer identity and how social justice activism thus engaged is challenging but also successful.
Israel/Palestine is something I care deeply about, but I walked away from this book with more insight and even more commitment--and looking for a way to take a solidarity trip too.
Schulman does her best to make her insane choice sound reasonable. She devotes most of a page to rationalizing her decision to march alongside members of Hamas in a protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza. After all, she says, “I have marched in the same gay pride parade with gay Republicans for decades.” Similarly, apropos of a Palestinian leader’s dim view of gays, she reflects: “He couldn’t be worse than a U.S. theater producer who refuses to do a lesbian play or a U.S. publisher who refuses to publish lesbian novels.” The naïveté here is through the roof.
Gradually, the reader of Schulman’s book realizes that in some sense, the appalling human-rights offenses that are being committed right this very minute by dozens of horrific regimes around the globe just don’t exist for her, because they have no place in her personal psychohistory. Talk about denial: when an Israeli friend asks her “What about honor killing? What about women? What about feminism?” she replies that “right now, that is not my job.” She’s an expert at blocking out all those aspects of reality that might halt her advance on what she sees as her progressive journey.
In honor of Sarah Shulman, i'm going to Gaza and organiz a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer pride parade. Just kidding i do not want Hamas to target practice with me.
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Schulman tries to block the gay community from crediting Israel’s liberal record on gay rights because that would supposedly cover up or distract from Israeli “crimes” against the... Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Steven Hanft
Sarah Schulman has the ability to take complex issues and make sense of them through her personal narratives. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by C. Rice-Gonzalez