Middle East studies in the News
Far Left Author Alice Walker: US and Israel Are "Terrorist States" [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
Last year Barack Obama's good friend Rashid Khalidi raised cash for a ship named "The Audacity of Hope" to smash through the Gaza Blockade. After months of fundraising the group finally raised enough cash and the Obama-inspired ship set out to joint this year's Gaza-bound "Freedom Flotilla 2."
The "Audacity of Hope" will join other Islamists and Leftists in the Gaza Flotilla II. Alice Walker the far left author of The Color Purple told Foreign Policy magazine that the US and Israel are terrorist states. She will join the anti-Israel Islamo-leftist Gaza Flotilla next month.
Big Hollywood reported:
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker will join the flotilla of ships next week that will try to break Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip. She says the goal is to bring supplies and raise awareness of the situation there. Last May, during a similar attempt by activists, Israel raided six ships. On one, clashes broke out and Israeli commandos killed nine people. Foreign Policy reached the author of The Color Purple in Greece, where she is preparing for her departure.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.Foreign Policy: Why are you taking part in the flotilla mission?Alice Walker: In 2009, I was in Gaza, just after Operation Cast Lead, and I saw the incredible damage and devastation.I have a good understanding of what's on the ground there and how the water system was destroyed and the sewage system. I saw that the ministries had been bombed, and the hospitals had been bombed, and the schools. I sat for a good part of a morning in the rubble of the American school, and it just was so painful because we as Americans pay so much of our taxes for this kind of weaponry that was used. On a more sort of mature grandmotherly level I feel that as an elder it is up to me and others like me — other elders, other mature adults — to look at situations like this and bring to them whatever understanding and wisdom we might have gained in our fairly long lifetimes, witnessing and being a part of struggles against oppression. …Foreign Policy: Israel's ambassador to the United Nations said the stated goal of "humanitarian assistance" was a false pretext for your mission — and it's actually designed to serve an extremist political agenda, and that many of the groups participating in the mission maintain ties with extremist and terrorist organizations, including Hamas. Your reaction?Alice Walker: I think Israel is the greatest terrorist in that part of the world. And I think in general, the United States and Israel are great terrorist organizations themselves. If you go to Gaza and see some of the bombs — what's left of the bombs that were dropped — and the general destruction, you would have to say, yeah, it's terrorism.
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