Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

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Recent developments in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations speak about a concerted US-Israeli effort to liquidate Palestinian national and human rights and their legitimacy in international law. Tahrir Hamdi's article, "Yeats' Ireland, Darwish's Palestine: The National in the Personal, Mystical and Mytholgical" reminds us of the importance of struggle to not only imagine, but build on Palestinian national and human rights to achieve the desired goal of a future free from imperialism and Zionism. Hamdi does that by drawing parallels between the Irish and the Palestinian struggles for independence, focusing on the works of Yeats and Darwish respectively. Read carefully, the unstated implications are quite clear for the Palestinian case: compromising on the fundamentals of Palestinian rights would be a strategic mistake for the Palestinian national struggle. Literature saves the day in helping build a national identity based in the people's struggle.

The Palestinian national struggle is at the center of the chaos engulfing the Arab world. Imperial and Zionist designs are focused on having the Arab states recognize the Israeli state in Palestine as the "Jewish State." Creating chaos and divisions in the Arab world as is currently occurring was the chosen path. Furthermore, the wars still raging in the Arab world, especially in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon (both on the borders with Syria and in Tripoli in the north of Lebanon) and Egypt (the Sinai), have wreaked havoc on the population, the economy and the environment. The consequences of the environmental disaster have adversely impacted the health and the general well being of the population as well. Nadine Sinno's article, "Five Troops for Every Tree: Lamenting Green Carnage in Contemporary Arab Women's War Diaries" shows that the "green carnage" can no longer be regarded as collateral damage. …

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