Download PDF by Ahmad H. Sa'di, Lila Abu-Lughod: Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory

By Ahmad H. Sa'di, Lila Abu-Lughod

ISBN-10: 0231135793

ISBN-13: 9780231135795

For outdoor observers, present occasions in Israel, Gaza, and the West financial institution are seldom with regards to the collective reminiscence of standard Palestinians. yet for Palestinians themselves, the iniquities of the current are skilled as a continuing replay of the injustice of the past.

By targeting thoughts of the Nakba or "catastrophe" of 1948, during which millions of Palestinians have been dispossessed to create the kingdom of Israel, the individuals to this quantity remove darkness from the modern Palestinian adventure and make clear the ethical claims they make for justice and redress.

The book's essays examine the ways that Palestinians have remembered and arranged themselves round the Nakba, a vital trauma that is still refracted via Palestinian own and collective reminiscence. interpreting oral histories and written narratives, poetry and cinema, own testimony and court facts, the authors convey how the continued event of violence, displacement, and career have reworked the pre-Nakba earlier and the land of Palestine into symbols of what has been and is still lost.

Nakba brings to mild the several ways that Palestinians skilled and maintain in reminiscence the occasions of 1948. it's the first ebook to envision intimately how stories of Palestine's cataclysmic prior are formed through changes of sophistication, gender, iteration, and geographical situation. In exploring the facility of the earlier, the authors exhibit the urgency of the query of reminiscence for realizing the contested background of the current.

Contributors: Lila Abu Lughod, Columbia college; Diana Keown Allan, Harvard college; Haim Bresheeth, college of East London; Rochelle Davis, Georgetown college; Samera Esmeir, college of California, Berkeley; Isabelle Humphries, collage of Surrey; Lena Jayyusi, Zayed college; Laleh Khalili, SOAS, college of London; Omar Al-Qattan, filmmaker; Ahmad H. Sa'di, Ben-Gurion college; Rosemary Sayigh, Lebanon-based anthropologist; Susan Slyomovics, college of California, Los Angeles

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Rape and sexual assault are often viewed as private aberrational acts, not proper subjects for an international public forum” (Bassiouni 1996: 557–58). In the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, the landmark 1995 trial of Prosecutor v. Anto Furundzija focused on the rape and sexual assault of a Muslim woman during the armed conflict in the former Yugoslavia by the commander of a local Croatian militia. 9 Evidence of rape based on victim memory is open to legal disputes either as a reliable description of the perpetrators or as claims about injury and harm in ways similar to Morris’s disparagement of oral history.

We only have Morris’s word. Rape takes away one’s sense of oneself; it distorts the future by traumatizing the past. In rape, the cries of the victim are ignored; similarly, in the violation of history perpetrated by Morris, the voices of Palestinians have been too long ignored. For historians, the argument from silence (argumentum ex silentio) proposes that silence is also informative: if no confirmation exists in archival sources that something did or did not happen, such silences merely inform about a lack in the documentation and not that that the information the rape of qula 37 does not exist.

Repeated intertextually and circulated in literature, art, and folklore are tropes of the Palestinian woman as mother and motherland, home and homeland, lover and beloved, raped and despoiled by Zionist occupation. Metaphors of rape are used mainly by Palestinians to designate the loss of homeland and mask the experience of rape. The trope of Palestine, the virgin bride violently raped by an invading enemy, complements subsequent metaphors of 38 Places of memory rape deployed to describe Israel’s environmental spoliation and the destruction of Palestinian villages (Bardenstein 1997: 170).

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