The Reception of American Culture in the Middle East after “The Arab Spring”

Nazmi Al-Shalabi, Marwan Obeidat, Shadi Neimneh

Abstract


Despite its being old, the relationship between the Middle East and the West(America included)has been marked by confrontation, intervention, and stereotyping. The West, driven by its interests and blinded by bias and hostility, has been keen on colonizing the Middle East, empowering Israel,and foolishly disregarding the aspirations of Arabs and Muslims, which tremendously contributes to generating anti-American sentiments and bitterness. These feelings,fed further by the pro-Israeli tilt American policy,do hinder the advancement of the US national interests which have been subordinated to those of Israel that has been receiving direct and unconditional support from the West. Such a type of support for Israel that occupies Palestine demonstrates folly, disregard of laws, and blindness to reality. This blindness itself underlies America’s reluctance to adopt a proactive role in the “Arab Spring”, the political movements sweeping the Middle East for the first time in decades. This reluctance has impacted the image of the US that has, unfortunately, been negative due to America’s taking sides with Israel at the expense of Arabs’ natural needs and inalienable rights in Palestine. This American stance has been responsible for the Israelis’ perpetrating atrocities, turning a deaf ear to the Security Council resolutions, and usurping Palestine in defiance of all international laws. By supporting Israel that acts this way, the US has sacrificed its interests, has lost its credibility, has isolated itself, and has failed to be a leading power. To regain its status, the US should reexamine its policy,stop its unconditional support for Israel,and align itself with peoples’ aspirations.
Key words: Stereotyping; Double standards; Anti-American sentiments; Unconditional support; Regain

Résumé
En dépit de son être vieux, la relation entre le Moyen-Orient et l'Occident (Amérique est incluée) a été marquée par la confrontation, l'intervention, et les stéréotypes. L'Occident, conduit par ses intérêts et aveuglés par les préjugés et l'hostilité, a été vif sur la colonisation du Moyen-Orient, l'autonomisation Israël, et sottement sans tenir compte des aspirations des Arabes et des musulmans, ce qui contribue énormément à générer sentiments anti-américains et d'amertume. Ces sentiments, alimenté encore par la politique d'inclinaison pro-israélien américain, ne entravent l'avancement des intérêts nationaux américains qui ont été subordonnés à ceux d'Israël qui a reçu un soutien direct et inconditionnel de l'Occident. Un tel type de soutien à Israël qui occupe la Palestine démontre la folie, le mépris des lois, et la cécité à la réalité. Cet aveuglement se sous-tend réticence des Américains à adopter un rôle proactif dans le «printemps arabe», les mouvements politiques balayant le Moyen-Orient pour la première fois depuis des décennies. Cette réticence a influencé l'image de l'américain qui a malheureusement été négative en raison de prendre parti de l'Amérique avec Israël aux dépens des Arabes "besoins naturels et les droits inaliénables en Palestine. Cette position américaine a été responsable pour les Israéliens "atrocités perpétrer, faisant la sourde oreille aux résolutions du Conseil de sécurité, et d'usurper la Palestine au mépris de toutes les lois internationales. En soutenant Israël, qui agit de cette façon, les Etats-Unis a sacrifié ses intérêts, a perdu sa crédibilité, s'est isolé et n'a pas réussi à être une puissance de premier plan. Pour retrouver son statut, les Etats-Unis devraient réexaminer sa politique, cesser son soutien inconditionnel à Israël, et de s'aligner avec les aspirations des peuples.
Mots clés: Stéréotypes; Doubles standards; Sentiments anti-américains; Soutien Inconditionnel; Retrouver


Keywords


Stereotyping; Double standards; Anti-American sentiments; Unconditional support; Regain;Stéréotypes; Doubles standards; Sentiments anti-américains; Soutien Inconditionnel; Retrouver

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