Palestinian Engagement with the Black Freedom Movement prior to 1967

  • Citation: Nassar, Maha. "Palestinian Engagement with the Black Freedom Movement prior to 1967." Journal of Palestine Studies 48, no. 4 (2019): 17-32.
    • Topics:
    • Regional Studies
    • Keywords:
    • Black-Palestinian solidarity
    • Black freedom movement
    • decolonization
    • anti-imperialism
    • race
    • transnational solidarity
    • Mahmoud Darwish

This article examines early Palestinian engagements with multiple facets of the Black American struggle for freedom through a content analysis of influential Palestinian press outlets in Arabic prior to 1967. It argues that, since the 1930s, Palestinian intellectuals with strong anti-colonial views linked anti-Black racism in the United States to larger imperial and Cold War dynamics, and that they connected Black American mobilizations against racism to decolonization movements around the world. This article also examines Mahmoud Darwish’s early analytical writings on race as a social construct in both the U.S. and Israeli contexts. Understanding these early engagements sheds light on subsequent developments in Black-Palestinian transnational solidarity and on Palestinian Afro-Arab cultural imaginaries.

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