Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

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The Middle East is currently witnessing dramatic political and social changes brought about by powerful foreign and regional state and non-state actors. Their goals are domination and control of the region against the interests of the peoples of the region. US military and financial support of the state of Israel in Palestine made possible the continued occupation of Palestine and the dominance of the Zionist and Western narratives about the creation myth of Israel in Palestine. In the face of this multi-faceted onslaught on Palestinian national rights and the dominant Zionist narrative, Palestinians have struggled in defense of their identity, existence, and national rights by "any means necessary" (Malcolm X) and at all levels.

Emile Habiby's literary production sought to give voice to the Palestinian struggle for emancipation, by opposing the dominant Zionist narrative with simple everyday stories that express Palestinian tenacity and perseverance. Salam Mir's "The Art and Politics of Emile Habiby II," the first of three articles in this issue, argues that Emile Habiby's the Pessoptimist challenges the Zionist/Western narrative about the events in Palestine from the Palestine Mandate after WWI till the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine in the 1947-1948 period and the 1967 June war. Mir does that by emphasizing Habiby's use of oral histories that Palestinian parents told their children and grandchildren. As the "Palestinian national epic," Mir argues that in the Pessoptimist, Habiby has constructed a Palestinian narrative showing that the Palestinian people are secure in their identity and have emphasized their agency in the form of the Palestinian Resistance Movement against Israel.

Somdeep Sen's "It's Nakba, Not a Party": Re-Stating the (Continued) Legacy of the Oslo Accords," analyzes the effects of the Oslo Accords in the macro trajectory of the Palestinian struggle. The Accords have served to cement Israel's hold on much of the Arab territories, including Palestinian, which it occupied in 1967. …

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