Decolonisation

The Dishonest Origins of Decolonisation (Part I)

The life of an Arab Palestinian in the West, particularly in America, is disheartening. There exists here an almost unanimous consensus that politically he does not exist, and when it is allowed that he does, it is either as a nuisance or as an Oriental. The web of racism, cultural stereotypes, political imperialism, dehumanising ideology holding in the Arab or the Muslim is very strong indeed, and it is this web which every Palestinian has come to feel as his uniquely punishing destiny.             —Edward Said, in Orientalism, 1978 If the major tribune of the Palestinians has lied about his…

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