(Palestine) Book Review: Queer Palestine And The Empire Of Critique (Iona Cable, Human Rights Pulse)

Atshan’s exploration of the queer Palestinian movement is critical for human rights academics and practitioners alike, whether their work focuses on Israel and Palestine or elsewhere. In providing an insight into the complexities of existence at the intersection of Israeli occupation and homophobia, Atshan challenges readers to reflect on a number of issues. Particularly pertinent are: the weaponisation of LGBTQ+ rights to obscure human rights atrocities; the relationship between academia and social movements; and the harm posed by the hierarchy of oppressions. Through these issues Atshan demonstrates the existence of an “empire of critique,” which has restricted the growth of the Palestinian LGBTQ+ social movement.