Rashid Khalidi, "The Iron Cage"
Oneworld Publications | 2007-06-30 | ISBN: 1851685324 | 328 pages | PDF | 1,1 MB
Summary: Not a unique predicament
Most analysis of the Palestinian failure to achieve nationhood suggests that this is a unique predicament, and looks at flaws within the Palestinian leadership, the Palestinian organizing, the Palestinian strategies used, etc, to explain this "failure," and often to to justify the Israeli atrocities--as if a weakness of the part of the victim ever justified abuse.
Even one of the reviews posted here states that, with the exception of Palestine, "most countries have achieved national independence." Such analysis fails to take into consideration that there are entire continents, namely the Americas, from Canada to Argentina, as well as Australia, along with New Zealand, and various colonized islands around the globe, where the indigenous peoples have NOT achieved national independence.
As such, the plight of the Palestinians is not a unique predicament, it is one manifestation among many that historical and scholarly academic discourses can be so distorted and short-sighted as to blind themselves to half the world.
Possibly the main difference between Palestinians and Indigenous peoples of other countries, and even entire continents, is that the Palestinians have achieved an international recognition of the validity of their struggle for, and right to, nationhood. This is indeed a great accomplishment, considering the immense international pressure to invalidate that claim--beginning with the denial that the Palestinians actually exist as a people, let alone need to have a nation.
Only RS mirrors, please
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