Samson Blinded: A Machiavellian Perspective on the Middle East Conflict
[ Palestinian racism, anti-Israeli incitement ] [ Edward Said accuses the US ]


Palestinian nationalism of Edward Said

At some point in Edward Said’s book, it becomes clear that Professor Said's idea of Palestinian nationalism does not square with the mood of Palestinians. Edward Said prefers nationalism to fundamentalism, though many Palestinian radicals are fundamentalists. Edward Said is no liberal and concludes that a doctrine of citizenship should replace Palestinian nationalism, which in turn lets Professor Said claim Israeli citizenship for Palestinians—where many Palestinians prefer to live. Actually, that happens all over the world. Mexicans sacrifice nationalism for a better life and immigrate to the United States. But where is reciprocity? Few Arab states naturalize even Muslim immigrants, let alone Jews. Beside, while many Palestinians want to move to Israel, hardly any Israelis want to move to Palestine, which eliminates any possibility of a reciprocal citizenship policy.