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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (October 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822353733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822353737
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Al-Shulman has written an honest, warm, and moving book. This is a book about how the political heart expands to encompass the rights of queers and the rights of Palestinians, the rights of you and the rights of me, the rights of individuals and the rights of collectivities. This vision is neither stingy nor utopian, but deeply realistic. A must-read."—Vijay Prashad, author of Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today

"This is a great book, brave, and compassionate. A journey of discovery, a coming of age, and more important, a search for justice. Our world is a better place for its existence. Read it, please."—Rabih Alameddine, author of The Hakawati

"This is an extraordinary, challenging, and moving book. It is both an honest account of the work Sarah Schulman had to do to allow the full reality of the occupation of Palestine to be registered in her consciousness, and a story—told firmly yet gently, with patience and care—of the shared labor of building activist worlds on occupied grounds. We embark on a journey with Sarah Schulman and many other activists, from Palestine, the U.S. and beyond, as they persist in the effort to make the liberation of Palestine essential to queer politics. We follow their footsteps, we trace the paths; we hear the conversations; we share the meals. If activism involves hard often painstaking work, if it involves mundane and ordinary tasks, we learn that it can also create connections that nourish and sustain. I hope this book becomes a teacher. I hope we join the invitation to become part of a new queer international where liberation for all is the common goal."—Sara Ahmed, author of On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life

“Solidarity, reciprocity, and recognition here reinforce each other, broadening the range of human rights that each movement affirms. The queer activist learns about colonialism and the anti-occupation activist learns about feminism. It is a remarkable testament to the value of the risk that Schulman ran in agreeing to deny her lesbian and gay constituency in Israel in favour of a broader human rights agenda in which their rights too might find validation and defence.”
(Gerry Kearns Dubin Review of Books)

“Written with verve and grace, Israel/ Palestine and the Queer International is eye-opening, courageous, investigative, an activists’ how-to manual, and a shining example of the best in contemporary gay liberation thinking of the sort we have come to expect from Sarah Schulman. The book is by turns hard-headed (in the best sense), clear-sighted, and tender and moving.”
(Doug Ireland Gay City News)

“[A] provocative argument against Israel’s recent attempt to market itself as a gay tourist destination. . . . [H]er skepticism regarding power is bracing. Schulman not only upends many of her own unquestioned assumptions, she also clarifies the connection between seemingly innocuous acts, like an effusive travel-section article extolling Tel Aviv’s gay-friendly cafes, and imperialism, racial prejudice and class struggle.”
(Raymond Simon Philadelphia Weekly)

“[Schulman] eloquently and cogently describes how her awareness and transformation happened. She presents interesting stories about the queer Palestinians she meets, and bonds with, including anti-occupation activists, as well as details about the unique coming-out process for Palestinians.”
(Gary Kramer Philadelphia Gay News)

“Schulman offers an honest and unflinching look at her step-by-step process for challenging her own biases. It's courageous work, and something we don't see nearly enough of, especially when it comes to hot-button issues.”
(Kel Munger Colorado Springs Independent)

“Schulman’s ‘willful ignorance regarding Israel and Palestine’ is both acknowledged and interrogated through her own self-questioning and activism in this concise yet powerful activist-roman. . . . Is homonationalism the activist’s cry of the 21st century? Are you ready to interrogate your privilege? It is this call to acknowledge and interrogate our privilege and our ignorance that concludes Schulman’s fine work. . . .”
(Marcie Bianco Lambda Literary Review)

“Schulman’s greatest strength in this moving accuont of her politicization around Palestine is her personal exploration of how Jewish historical trauma is linked to the Israeli oppression of Palestinians. . . . This powerful narrative will be particularly helpful for folks struggling to understand the intersection of Jewish identity, queerness, and anti-occupation work.”
(Wendy Elisheva Somerson Bitch)

“A great introduction to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and to the role of queers in that struggle. Schulman offers a thoughtful, if somewhat uneven, presentation of the relationship between the two struggles, the impact of identity politics, and the devastation caused by colonialism and nationalism. She has generously taken us on her journey of self-examination and inspires others to do the same.”
(Jody Raphael Women's Review of Books)

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.

More About the Author

Sarah Schulman is the author of seventeen books, including nine novels. Forthcoming is a new nonfiction book, ISRAEL/PALESTINE AND THE QUEER INTERNATIONAL from Duke University Press. She recently published THE GENTRIFICATION OF THE MIND: WItness to a Lost Imagination by University of California Press, the paperback of TIES THAT BIND: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences and the paperback edition of her novel THE MERE FUTURE from Arsenal Pulp.Previous novels are THE CHILD, SHIMMER, EMPATHY, RAT BOHEMIA, PEOPLE IN TROUBLE, AFTER DELORES, GIRLS VISIONS AND EVERYTHING and THE SOPHIE HOROWITZ STORY. Her nonfiction titles are TIES THAT BIND: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, STAGESTRUCK:Theater, AIDS and the Marketing of Gay America, and MY AMERICAN HISTORY: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years. A working playwright, her productions include: CARSON McCULLERS (published by Playscripts Ink), MANIC FLIGHT REACTION and the theatrical adaptation of Isaac Singer's ENEMIES, A LOVE STORY. As a screenwriter, her films include THE OWLS (co-written with director Cheryl Dunye)- Berlin Film Festival 2010, MOMMY IS COMING (co-written with director Cheryl Dunye)- Berlin Film Festival selection 2011, and their upcoming web series SIMI, produced by Effie Brown She is co-producer with Jim Hubbard of his feature documentary UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP. As a journalist, her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, and Interview. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwrighting, a Fullbright in Judaic Studies, two American Library Association Book Awards, and is the 2009 recipient of the Kessler Prize for sustained contribution to LGBT studies. Sarah is Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York, College of State Island, a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. She was the US coordinator of the first LGBT Delegation to Palestine. She lives in New York.

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on December 3, 2012
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I read this book during the recent conflict between Israel and Palestine (November 2012). It was perfect timing. This is a must-read book for anyone interested in peace. Anytime.

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.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JM on November 28, 2012
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This book needs at least one review! This is a great introductory read for queer folks about the boycott/divestment/sanctions movement and the Israel/Palestine issue. I really enjoy how Sarah Schulman interweaves her personal stories and experiences with the larger political issues at hand throughout the book. This book has made me much more informed about and committed to the anti-occupation struggle. It holds a special place on my bookshelf and will be a gift for my critical queer friends this holiday season.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joan Nestle on October 30, 2013
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Personal, yet journalistic, breaking new ground in depicting the possibilities of coalitions with Palestinian queer leaders and others, in mapping an Israeli nationalism that needs to be critiqued, Schulman is deeply readable while making us think and feel about our own positionings. Joan Nestle
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Rice-Gonzalez on February 26, 2013
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Sarah Schulman has the ability to take complex issues and make sense of them through her personal narratives. This book is a powerful work created by one of the great minds of our time.
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