In 1982, the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze interviewed the Palestinian author Elias Sanbar, founder of the Journal of Palestine Studies (La Revue d'Études Palestiniennes). They examine the importance of the journal and the existence of the people and land of Palestine. Disgracefully, over 30 years later, these discussions are still despairingly relevant to today's climate.
We have waited a long time for an Arab journal in French, but instead of coming from North Africa, it's being done by the Palestinians. La Revue d'Études Palestiniennes has two characteristics obviously centered on Palestinian problems which also concern the entire Arab world. On the one hand it presents very profound socio political analyses in a masterful yet calm tone. On the other hand, it mobilizes a specifically Arab literary, historical and sociological "corpus" which is very rich and little known.
-Gilles Deleuze, 1982
In the most recent edition of Haaretz
, Yitzhak Laor
, the distinguished Israeli poet, novelist, veteran political activist and author of The Myths of Liberal Zionism
, explains how "the government is intent on destroying every political entity in the West Bank and turning the Palestinians into a marginalized, fragmented people." Below is an extract of this article.
Nakba Day - an annual day of commemoration of the displacement that preceded and followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948 - falls on the 15th of May each year. This interactive map
, featured on the Guardian
website, shows the extent of Palestine's changed landscape - hundreds of Arab villages and towns abandoned, attacked and de-populated throughout Israel's war of independence. In an attempt to understand the catastrophe, we bring you a reading list of key books on the Israel-Palestine conflict, from Ilan Pappe
, Ghada Karmi
, Norman Finkelstein
, Edward Said
, Shlomo Sand
, and more.