On settler-colonial solidarity: Candace Fujikane, ‘Against the Yellowwashing of Israel: The BDS Movement and Liberatory Solidarities Across Settler States’, Flashpoints for Asian American Studies, forthcoming
Excerpt: Yellowwashing is but one of the more recent washings of the state of Israel in a spectrum of hues—red, black, brown, green, pink and rainbow—deployed to represent it as a nation fully engaging liberal discourses of diversity in alliance with indigenous, minority, and environmentalist groups, including American Indians, Blacks, Latinxs, Arabs, women and LGBTQI communities. These washings are part of a 2005 campaign to “re-brand” apartheid Israel as “relevant and modern” in the international imaginary. These color washings pivot on the representation of Israel as the subject of anti-Semitism, sharing with indigenous and minority groups histories of genocide and persecution, yet what is clear is that these campaigns do not advance justice for these groups and instead appropriate their histories to camouflage Israel’s own status as an apartheid state.
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