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001103 Edward Said - Intifada 2000: The Palestinian Uprising

In September 2000 Palestinians launched an Intifada, Arabic for uprising. Clashes erupt. The death toll rises. Overwhelmingly, the victims are Palestinians. Israeli occupation continues in large areas of the West Bank and Gaza. Settlements expand. In violation of international law, Israel imposes collective punishment in the form of closures and curfews. What are the origins of the Palestinian revolt? Why has the highly praised peace process collapsed? Can the mainstream media in this country provide explanations? Not according to Edward Said. He says, the media are not a place where you can get accurate information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Edward Said, internationally renowned Columbia University professor, practically invented the field of post-colonial studies. His great work, Orientalism has been translated into many languages and is widely used in colleges and universities. The New York Times called him, "one of the most influential literary and cultural critics in the world." As one of the few advocates for Palestinian rights in the US, he was the target of vilification, death threats and vandalism. The Economist said he "repudiated terrorism in all its forms and was a passionate, eloquent and persistent advocate for justice for the dispossessed Palestinians." He was a trenchant critic not just of Israeli policies, but also of Arafat, the corrupt coterie around him and the despotic Arab regimes. He felt strongly that intellectuals had a special responsibility to speak out against injustice, challenge power, confront hegemonic thinking and provide alternatives. His memoir Out of Place won the New Yorker Book of the Year Award. Edward Said died in New York on September 25, 2003.


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