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palestine week 3

palestine week 3 - Jason Mull The Palestinians...

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Jason Mull 2-17-09 The Palestinians Rediscovering Palestine (Beshara Doumani) “Today the Olive tree is a national icon among Palestinians. Its ubiquitous presence in the contoured hills and valley and its stubborn longevity symbolize rootedness, belonging, and survival against all odds…the olive tree evokes an idealized past, a time when most Palestinians were not refugees or an oppressed minority under colonial rule, but free peasants who lived off the fruits of the land.” (178- 179) This particular passage seems relevant in that it is, in many ways, broadly representative of the entire Palestinian struggle. First, it exemplifies the massive importance of olive oil, and all agricultural and rural goods, in peasant society. These resources and agricultural skills contributed greatly to the autonomy of the Jabal-Nablus region, in particular, and even helped them to enter the international trading stage. While the central Ottoman Empire was in decline, local economies like Jabal-Nablus were thriving. The importance of trade was not only material, though, but was the cornerstone of the local
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