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Keith Feldman

University of California - Berkeley

Keith Feldman is a head graduate advisor and an associate professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California-Berkeley.

Speaking before the Berkeley-based conference Critical Discourses on Islamophobia, Feldman reserved most of his speech to criticize Barack Obama for killing jihadists. Labeling the administration’s use of drones to eliminate terrorists as Islamaphobic—or what he termed as “racialization from above—he asked, “What happens when Islamophobia takes to the skies?”

Feldman compared the death of Osama bin Laden to a Jim Crow-era lynching. As he was describing his killing as the “residue of late nineteenth-century colonial settler violence,” Feldman displayed a black lynching victim in the background to serve as an analogy to his death.

In 2015 while discussing his book, A Shadow Over Palestine, he claimed that American ghettos are akin to the Warsaw ghetto during the Holocaust, which itself is akin to modern-day Palestinian refugee camps.

Feldman’s book praises the United World Conference Against Racism held in Durban, South Africa. The gathering is notorious for its antisemitism, with vendors selling the conspiratorialProtocols of the Elders of Zion’ and displaying banners that read ‘What if Hitler Had Won?’ Feldman praises this conference for uniting “hundreds” of NGOs to declare that “Zionism is racism.”

Updated – Spring, 2021

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