From Oslo to Iraq and the Road Map: Essays by Edward W. Said

By Edward W. Said

In his ultimate e-book, accomplished in advance of his demise, Edward W. stated deals impassioned pleas for the beleaguered Palestinian reason from certainly one of its such a lot eloquent spokesmen. those essays, which initially seemed in Cairo’s Al-Ahram Weekly, London’s Al-Hayat, and the London overview of Books, take us from the Oslo Accords in the course of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq, and current details and views too infrequently noticeable in America.Said is unyielding in his demand fact and justice. He insists on fact approximately Israel's function as occupier and its therapy of the Palestinians. He pleads for brand spanking new avenues of conversation among revolutionary components in Israel and Palestine. And he's both forceful in his condemnation of Arab mess ups and the necessity for actual management within the Arab international.

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One of them is an armed state, the other a stateless people, but otherwise they are depressingly similar: what, after all, is the Palestinian national story if not a reproachful mirror to Zionism, a tale of expulsion, diaspora, resurrection, and return? There is no way to divide the disputed “homeland” to mutual satisfaction and benefit. Little good can come of two such statelets, mutually resentful, each with an influential domestic constituency committed to the destruction and absorption of its neighbor.

And Israeli positions; the Wall Street Journal has not even done that, nor has the Washington Post. On November 12 the most-watched television program 60 Minutes broadcast a segment effectively designed to let the Israeli army “prove” that the killing of twelve-year-old Muhammad al-Durrah, who became the icon of Palestinian suffering during the intifada, was mounted theatrically by the Palestinian Authority; this included planting the boy’s father before Israeli guns, and even the French TV crew that filmed the forty-minute episode recording the horrifying event, in such a way as to prove an ideological point.

But that it will somehow belong to the unofficial culture of the dispossessed, the silenced, and the scorned, deferred or buried for several decades, seems like a strong likelihood, and that it will bear in itself the distortions of years of past official policy seems equally strong. Ironically enough, it has been the actual geographical map of the peace process that most dramatically shows the kinds of distortions that have been building up while the measured discourse of peace and bilateral negotiations have systematically disguised the realities.

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