The root cause of oppression and violence that Palestinians experience is not “the occupation” of 1967 as many people claim it to be. It is something much older and seemingly more benign.
While anti-Jewish racism is a real phenomenon that must be confronted, but “antisemitism, as defined by Israel, is a smokescreen with the ultimate aim of distracting from the real conversation: the crimes of military occupation, racism, and apartheid in Palestine.
At a talk I delivered in Northern England in March 2018, I proposed that the best response to falsified accusations of antisemitism, which are often lobbed against pro-Palestinian communities and intellectuals everywhere, is to draw even closer to the Palestinian narrative. In fact, my proposal was not meant to be a sentimental response in any