Comment from: Mbeleck Mandenge [Visitor]
Oh no! The zionist entity in Palsetine is the propblem. I mean, the United States of America. The world would be a more interesting place but for the United States of America. remember how the Zionist entity came to be. Blood! Blood! Zionist terrorism driven by an illusion beginning with Hetzog in 1923 drove hundred of thousands of peaceful and harmless peasants away from the cradle of their ancestors. The fight of Hamas is exactly like Ghandi’s. He would 1000000 times rist violence instead of the emasculation of an entire people.
Comment from: kiven strohm [Visitor]
Thanks for bring this all together. You should also add Yara El-Ghadban’s blog at http://www.tropismes.org
Thanks Kiven. I’ve added her. Haven’t known her blog before.
Sorry for this gushing, non-academic comment Lorenz. I cannot stand by and watch as this tiny Gaza is pounded, as mothers scream with tears running down their cheeks, or to look at photos of dead babies with faces split in half, while monotone Israeli spokespersons embrace any technicality in a doctrinaire discourse that effectively says: we have the right to blow away whole generations of Palestinians to get at three gunmen. Today, Olmert said if Hamas does not quit, Palestinians will see “the iron fist” of the Israeli people. NAZI FLASHBACKS ANYONE? Why doesn’t he just start using terms like “blitzkrieg” now?
How this atrocity can unfold in front of everyone’s eyes, and nothing is done to stop it, causes me an anguish I cannot describe. This is as bad for me as the invasion of Iraq (the invasion of Afghanistan is something I remember as a series of night images).
I am also very, very, disturbed by the deafening silence and self-indulgence of many anthropology bloggers, who go on posting about trivial and inconsequential items, as if to say they are safely ensconced in their comfort zones, entertaining themselves, not really too interested in issues of humanity, beyond television shows, bathroom wall sketches, or which journal is going into open access. It’s kind of shocking, and it creates some very hard, very negative impressions, that I think could have a lasting effect on how I blog in turn.
Do these people have any sense at all that as they turn their eyes away, some eyes turn and look at them? So much for making anthropology more relevant, more public, so much for being bold, getting “out there,” challenging taboos – when these things happen, they go silent in public, or talk about the weather, they are damning themselves far more than if they had remained private and offline.
This is just my opinion, and as you see, I made absolutely no attempt to dress it up. It’s very moralistic, judgmental, etc., etc., [insert any excuse here to dismiss the need to think about what I say]
Really, if *that* – what *those* do – is anthropology, then all I can say is: what good is it for? Worse, I can say: F–K anthropology. It is inhumane when it behaves like that.
Well, I know what you mean, but anthropologists are not that silent as the above (growing) collection of posts show. Not blogging about Gaza does not mean indifference.
On monday we had a very interesting seminar about Gaza at the University of Oslo (anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen as driving force), I will write a post about it and scan the news and blogosphere again for more anthropological contributions
You’re right Lorenz, and I think I was suggesting the same thing: that not blogging about Gaza does not mean indifference.
I am glad to see the growing list of contributions.
Comment from: Ted Swedenburg [Visitor]
My blog (hawgblawg) tends to focus on culture, but with a political bend at times, and I did do some posts on Gaza over the last three weeks. And I am a cultural anthropologist. See http://swedenburg.blogspot.com.
Thanks for your comment. I have actually mentioned your blog in a post I’m currently working on but is not finished yet
Now I’ve finally posted the follow-up post David Graeber: Boycott Israel! - More anthropologists on Gaza (II)