Media Roundup: What’s A Palestinian?, From Arabic to Hebrew, & Ramadan in Ramallah

Palestine Square | ميدان فلسـطيـن

Palestine Square Media Roundup – 26 June 2015.

“What’s a Palestinian?,” by Zachary J. Foster, Foreign Affairs – 11 March

We didn’t notice this essay when it first came out (and, in any case, we didn’t have a blog back then!), but it merits attention here.

Princeton PhD student Zachary Foster offers an erudite and concise account of the emergence of Palestinian national identity and rebuttal to those Israelis and Zionist partisans who argue that the invented nature of Palestinian national identity disqualifies Palestinians from laying claiming to the land of their birth and ancestors:

Is Palestinian identity an invention? The answer, however, is self-evident—of course it is. American, Chinese, German, and Israeli identities are inventions too. All national identities are invented. Nations do not exist in nature; they exist only in our minds.

The question then becomes why Republican presidential candidates, Israeli prime ministers, and Western pundits offer constant…

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