Israel’s 60th Birthday

Edward Said on Gaza, 2002 by Ann
January 2, 2009, 4:54 am
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The late, great Edward Said writing on Gaza in 2002 (thanks to Mark B.):

Every Palestinian has become a prisoner.  Gaza is surrounded by an electrified fence on three sides: imprisoned like animals, Gazans are unable to move, unable to work, unable to sell their vegetables or fruit, unable to go to school.

They are exposed from the air to Israeli planes and helicopters and are gunned down like turkeys on  the ground by tanks and machine guns. Impoverished and starved, Gaza is a human nightmare…. Hope has been eliminated from the Palestinian vocabulary so that only raw defiance remains….

Palestinians must die a slow death so that Israel can have its security, which is just around the corner but cannot be realized  because of the special Israeli “insecurity.”  The whole world must sympathize, while the cries of Palestinian orphans, sick old women,  bereaved communities, and tortured prisoners simply go unheard and  unrecorded.

Doubtless, we will be told, these horrors serve a larger purpose than mere sadistic cruelty.  After all, “the two sides” are engaged in a “cycle of violence” that has to be stopped, sometime, somewhere.

Once in a while we ought to pause and declare indignantly that there is only one side with an army and a country: the other is a stateless dispossessed population of people without rights or any present way of securing them.

The language of suffering and concrete daily life has been either hijacked or so perverted as, in my opinion, to be useless except as pure fiction deployed as a screen for the purpose of more killing and painstaking  torture –-slowly, fastidiously, inexorably.  That is the truth of what Palestinians suffer.



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Edward Said, defender of the defenseless
and oppressed.
Rest in Peace.
“Servant, well done.”

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