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Palestinian actualities

Abu-Manneh, Bashir (2013) Palestinian actualities. Race & Class, 54 (3). pp. 87-96. ISSN N/A. (doi:10.1177/0306396812464167) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:55311)

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This review article explores the escalating racism and intensifying colonialism of the Israeli state and its circumscription of Palestinian lives and aspirations. Under such increasingly brutal circumstances, it asks what it means to be Palestinian today. How is the systematic reduction of human possibility, enacted over generations since the nakba, experienced by its victims? This is the question addressed by the three books reviewed here: Arthur Neslen, In Your Eyes a Sandstorm; Dina Matar, What it Means to Be Palestinian; and Ilan Pappé, The Forgotten Palestinians. The short answer is, it depends on their relationship to Israel: whether as second-class citizens in Israel; as occupied and now variously disengaged in the West Bank and Gaza (dominated, but no longer exploited, as cheap labour since Oslo); as semi-incorporated in an annexed East Jerusalem; or, finally, as completely excluded refugees exiled outside historic Palestine. Beginning with the experiences of Palestinians in Israel-Palestine, it then moves out to the Arab world, where, it concludes, not only most of the remainder of the Palestinian refugees reside, but also perhaps the most compelling answer to the riddle of the Palestinian question.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0306396812464167
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PE English philology and language
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Kate Smith
Date Deposited: 06 May 2016 14:18 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2021 16:33 UTC
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