ENGL1301 Essay 2

ENGL1301 Essay 2 - Sabotage Why the Palestinians Still Suffer"And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars(English Standard Version Matt 24:6a For

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Sabotage: Why the Palestinians Still Suffer “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars” (English Standard Version, Matt. 24:6a). For decades, Israel has been locked in a chess match of guerrilla warfare with the Palestinians concerning the possession of the Holy Land. Stories of terrorism and the latest peace talks flood the media. However, the media rarely examines the lives of the people trapped in the war; Arabs and Israelis alike are simplified down to a statistic, a death toll. Edward Said’s essay, “States,” examines the Palestinians and the suffering they endure. While Said eloquently describes his people as victims to be pitied and longs for a return to the land of his birth, he fails to present the complete picture and to realize where the blame truly lies: the Palestinian leadership . As a native Palestinian, Said understands firsthand the plight of his people and seeks to impart this understanding to the modern world . He was born in Palestine- controlled Jerusalem, but by 1947, his family had fled to Cairo. After an extensive education, including a Ph.D. from Harvard, Said wrote the book After the Last Sky: Palestinian Lives , the book from which “States” is taken, in an attempt to combat the popular opinion that Palestinians are principally “fighters, terrorists, and lawless pariahs” (Bartholomae 609). In the introduction of the book, Said says, “The whole point of this book is … to deny the habitually simple, even harmful representations of Palestinians, and to replace them with something more capable of capturing the complex
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course ENGL 1301 taught by Professor Purcell during the Spring '07 term at Texas A&M.

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ENGL1301 Essay 2 - Sabotage Why the Palestinians Still Suffer"And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars(English Standard Version Matt 24:6a For

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