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Published on May 3, 2013
Cindi Corrie speaks on the topic of " Rachels Struggle Lives On"
Filmed at The Smith Center, PSU Campus, in Portland Oregon on Sunday 4.28.13
This is part 5 of 5 presentations I filmed at the SUPER (Students United For Palestinian Equal Rights) conference: "Palestine Imperialism and the Middle East - The Arab Spring Two Years On"
Feature Article: The Arab Spring Conference in Portland, by Rod Such
“The Arab Spring: A Year That Changed the World,” a
conference hosted by Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights
(SUPER), drew about 200 participants to the Portland State
University campus on Feb. 25. The conference featured a number of
notable experts and activists on the Middle East, including As’ad
AbuKhalil, a professor of political science at California State
University; Mokhtar Alkhanshali of Yemeni Youth for Change; Nora
Barrows-Friedman, a journalist with The Electronic Intifada; Joel
Beinin, professor of Middle East History at Stanford University; and
Deepa Kumar, an associate professor of Middle East Studies at
along with among others.
The conference approached the Arab uprisings that swept the
world last year from a number of perspectives in a series of
sessions and a final panel where the panelists assessed the
challenges facing those uprisings. In the final plenary a consensus
appeared to emerge that the Arab spring has just begun and that it
is too early to tell its eventual outcome. But there also appeared
to be agreement among the panelists that the Arab spring is one of
the most promising democratic upheavals to have occurred in the
world as a whole, not just the Middle East, and that it holds great
potential for those seeking economic and social justice.
The conference took place just days after the end of a
successful hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoner Khader
Adnan, who came near death after a 66-day hunger strike to protest
Israel’s military laws in the Occupied Territories that allow for
prisoners to be detained indefinitely without charges and without
their lawyers being allowed to see the alleged evidence against
them. Participants in the session on “Palestine and the Arab
Spring,” led by Barrows-Friedman, noted that the United States
recently adopted a similar indefinite detention bill as part of the
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Media pundits have asked in the last year when the Arab Spring would
come to Palestine, but Barrows-Friedman in her session titled “Palestine and the Arab Spring” observed that in many ways the
Arab Spring owes its inspiration to the Palestinian struggle for
equal rights and national liberation which has been ongoing since
1948. “The notion of the Arab Spring is not new for the
Palestinians,” she pointed out. Palestinian workers, students,
women, the young and the old, have been using mass forms of
nonviolent struggle and resistance, including general strikes and
demonstrations, for decades, she added, even though these protests
have been met with extreme
brutality by the Israeli military and
Another misconception promoted by the corporate media has also
distorted the uprising in Egypt, Beinin pointed out in his session
titled “Workers’ Struggles in the Arab Spring.” The corporate
media tended to ignore, if not completely omit, the role of workers
in the uprising that ousted the Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Beinin noted that between 1998 and 2011, nearly 2 million Egyptian
workers participated in almost 4,000 strikes as they fought the
neoliberal economic policies imposed on Egypt by U.S. ruling
circles. The same class warfare policies that face U.S. workers,
especially the assault on the collective bargaining rights and
benefits of public
workers such as school teachers and government
employees, also robbed Egyptian workers of job security and the
ability to keep up with an inflation rate that rose as high as 18.3
percent in 2008.
“The United States is not going to like popular power in
Egypt,” Beinin predicted. He observed that even though the labor
movement is not well-represented in the new government emerging
there, in part because independent trade unions have not been
allowed, the quest for economic and social justice is just in its
beginning stages. “Egypt has not really had a revolution, it’s
had a removal of the head of state, “ Beinin said, adding that
much of the state apparatus used for repression remains intact.
One of the most popular sessions at the conference was led by Abu
Khalil, who also writes the Angry Arab blog. In a session titled “The U.S. and the Arab Revolt” that drew a standing-room-only
crowd, Abu Khalil noted the centrality of Israel to U.S. foreign
policy in the Middle East. He argued that the United States seeks to
maintain Israel’s military superiority and monopoly on nuclear
weapons, using Israel as a local police force while also striving to
keep tyrannical regimes in power throughout the Middle East. The
purpose of all this is to preserve U.S. economic interests,
especially access to oil and the maintenance of stable oil prices,
Abu Khalil observed.
Other sessions at the one-day conference included “The Arab
Spring and the Debunking of Islamophobic Myths,” “Revolt and ‘Humanitarian Intervention’ in Syria,” “The Art of
Resistance in Palestine,” “The Uprising in Yemen,” and “Black
Liberation and Palestine.” The latter session was led by Jesse
Hagopian, a Seattle school teacher who recently returned from the
Palestinian Occupied Territories as a member of the Interfaith Peace
Builders African Heritage Palestine Delegation. Hagopian noted that
Israel is engaged in an effort known as “blackwashing,” an
attempt to cover up its crimes against the Palestinians by
portraying itself as a friend of the
African American civil rights
struggle. One such effort was the naming of a national forest after
Coretta Scott King without revealing that the forest was created on
the remains of a destroyed Palestinian village, one of nearly 500
destroyed by Israel in 1948 when it
forced 750,000 Palestinians to
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend every session.
Fortunately, progressive KBOO
FM radio (90.7) recorded many of the
sessions and for a 3-hour special aired at the end of March. In
addition to KBOO, other co-sponsoring organizations were the Arab
Persian Student Union, International Socialist Organization, PSU
Middle East Studies Center, Americans United for Palestinian Human
Rights, Friends of Sabeel, Jewish Voice for Peace, Portland BDS
Coalition, Sociology of Islam, Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land, Oregon Jericho, Peace Action Committee of the First Unitarian
Church, and the Saudi Student Club.
Rod Such is a local writer and a reporter for The Portland Alliance.