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By Edward W. Said

In his ultimate ebook, accomplished ahead of his dying, Edward W. acknowledged bargains impassioned pleas for the beleaguered Palestinian reason from considered 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 evaluation 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 hardly noticeable in America.Said is unyielding in his demand fact and justice. He insists on fact approximately Israel's function as occupier and its remedy 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 disasters and the necessity for actual management within the Arab international.

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5 Edward Said, as the reader of these essays will discover, was by no means a conventional “spokesman” for one party in that conflict. ” But if anything his lasting achievement was to make others uncomfortable. For the Palestinians Edward Said was an under-appreciated and frequently irritating Cassandra, berating their leaders for incompetence—and worse. To his critics Said was a lightning rod, attracting fear and vituperation. Implausibly, this witty and cultivated man was cast as the very devil: the corporeal incarnation of every threat—real or imagined—to Israel and Jews alike.

And then, in the year 2000, came the long-postponed “permanent status negotiations” themselves: first at Camp David and then, desperately, at Taba in the Sinai. Edward Said, of course, had no time for the conventional American view that President Clinton and Prime Minister Ehud Barak virtually gave away the farm and that even then the ungrateful PLO and its leader Yasir Arafat refused the gift. ” The Palestinians were to get 50 percent of their own land, chopped into separate and often noncontiguous cantons; Israel was to annex 10 percent of the land; and the remaining 40 percent was to be left “undecided”—but under indefinite Israeli rule.

The Israeli Defense Force has been using tanks, American- and British-supplied Cobra and Apache attack helicopters, missiles, mortars, and heavy machine guns, none of which the Palestinians possess. S. 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.

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