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Mark LeVine and Eric Cheyfitz

Israel, Palestine, and the Poetics of Genocide

[Image by Ed Stein. Source: Global Research.]

“Genocide” evokes crematoria, mountains of skulls, and mass graves. It is what the Nazis did to the Jews of Europe, what the Khmer Rouge did to fellow Cambodians, what Hutu nationalists did to Tutsis in Rwanda. The term, like the practices of death and social destruction to which it refers, is odious. Charging genocide is like ringing an alarm because, when this crime is occurring or when it has occurred, consequences for perpetrators should follow. Our approach is to ...

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Mark LeVine and Eric Cheyfitz


Mark LeVine is a professor of Middle Eastern history at UC Irvine and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University. He is a columnist for al-Jazeera English and the author of Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam (Random House, 2008), Impossible Peace: Israel/Palestine Since 1989 (Zed Books, 2009) and co-editor, with Gershon Shafir, of Struggle and Survival in Palestine/Israel (University of California Press, 2012), and co-editor, with Ambassador Mathias Mossberg, of One Land, Two States: Israel and Palestine as Parallel States (University of California Press, 2014). He is presently completing a collaboratively authored book on fifty years of the Occupation for University of California Press.



Eric Cheyfitz is Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters at Cornell University. Among other books, he is the author of The Poetics of Imperialism: Translation and Colonization from The Tempest to Tarzan (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991, expanded edition, 1997); The (Post) Colonial Construction of Indian Country: U. S. American Indian Literatures and Federal Indian Law (Part I of the Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States Since 1945 [2006], which he also edited); and The Disinformation Age: The Collapse of Liberal Democracy in the United States (Routledge, 2017). And he is the co-editor of Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and the Law (special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly 110:2, Spring 2011), which was the winner of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals award as the best special issue of a journal for 2011 and acknowledged for "Outstanding Indigenous Scholarship" in 2011 by the American Indian and Alaska Native Professors Association.