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Palestine, Sanctions and American Exceptionalism, with Peter Beinart
Wed June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Join us on June 2nd, at 7pm to discuss some of the most important foreign policy issues of our time with one of the most prolific foreign policy voices, Peter Beinart. Peter is the editor-at-large of Jewish Currents, a non-resident fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. He is also a professor of journalism and political science at The Newmark School of Journalism at the City University of New York.
The worst violence in Palestine/Israel since 2014, stemming from illegal evictions of Palestinians and attacks on worshippers at the Al-Asqa Moque in Jerusalem, have revealed a paradigm shift in the way Americans, especially young Americans, view the US role in the ongoing conflict. Thousands of people took to the streets across the country in opposition to US military and diplomatic support for the apartheid state of Israel. We’ll talk about this change and about political strategies to influence US policy makers and the Israeli government.
Though not new, the increased use of economic sanctions by the United States has become an increasingly dangerous violation of human rights. US sanctions harm innocent people and disproportionately affect marginalized communities such as the poor, the sick, the elderly, women, and children. We’ll examine how US sanctions have become a modern form of siege warfare and how this different form of warfare requires new and unique resistance.
Finally we will put this in the context of American exceptionalism. The belief in the United States as the ‘indispensable nation’ has become a mantra of the foreign policy establishment over the last 70 years. A civic religion among the bipartisan foreign policy ‘blob,’ the belief that the US must constantly maintain a position of global leadership informs the military adventurism and unilateralism of our time. In a time where global problems like pandemics and climate catastrophe require global solutions, dominance and hegemony must give way to cooperation. We’ll talk about the danger of a return to the American-led rules-based international order proposed by President Biden and his administration.