Moving Beyond the US: #BlackLivesMatter and Decolonization

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Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun painted a memorial to George Floyd on the remainder of a destroyed wall in Binnish, Idlib (Syria’s northwest).
Source: RepublicWorld

George Floyd’s murder revived the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, but also the #AllLivesMatter hashtag and its various offshoots. Thus, when I saw a photo of a Lebanese protester holding a sign that said #LebaneseLivesMatter on Twitter, the first thing I thought was just how unaware of the global conversation this person is. In fact, I retweeted the photo with the caption: “READ THE ROOM.”

Given the conversation on the poor judgement of some people—many of whom are well-intentioned—in trying to advocate for all lives and not just Black lives, I had a negative knee-jerk reaction to the image. But it lingered in my memory. It is undeniable that such a poster in the…

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Palestine: A Reading List

On June 23, 2020, 27-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Erekat was murdered by Israeli police, accusing him of “ramming his car into border guards” despite it being the day of his sister’s wedding.

Watch human rights attorney Noura Erakat discuss Ahmed’s murder and Israeli apartheid.

In light of the various movements worldwide to shed light on systemic injustices, I solicited from my Twitter followers recommendations for educational materials about Palestine — including, but not limited to, books, films, and articles.

Here is a selection from the thread:

Nonfiction Books

Academic

Non-academic

Literature

Films & Documentaries

Articles & Essays

Below is an Instagram post with highlights from this list. Please share widely!