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Rise of the Arab American LeftActivists, Allies, and Their Fight against Imperialism and Racism, 1960s-1980s$
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Pamela E. Pennock

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469630984

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630984.001.0001

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Rise of the Arab American Left

Pamela E. Pennock

University of North Carolina Press

Carrying signs and banners proclaiming “Jewish People Yes, Zionism No,” in November 1973 hundreds of Arab American autoworkers and their supporters picketed an event in Detroit at which the Jewish organization B’nai B’rith was honoring United Auto Workers’ president Leonard Woodcock. Plans for the protest had been building for several weeks, emanating from demonstrations held in reaction to the war fought between Israel and several Arab nations in October 1973. The October demonstrations that took place in Dearborn, Michigan, home to the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the United States, focused on championing the Arabs’ fight along with protesting American support for Israel. In Dearborn and across the country, Arab American political mobilization on behalf of Palestine had escalated since the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, when Israel had defeated its Arab opponents and displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians....

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