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Palestine: Editorial Reflections Of Michel Chiha
by MICHEL CHIHA
This collection of Chiha's reflections spans the volatile years of 1944-54, and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1949: a time when many of the seeds of modern conflict were sown. Although at times provocative, Chiha's writings retain at heart his staunch advocacy of an open, liberal and cosmopolitan culture, and the economic fruits that flourish in such an ...more
Published October 25th 2007
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Collection of editorials (in Le Jour, I think) by one of Lebanon's founding fathers about the establishment of Israel, spanning 1945-54. Quite insightful, actually. A lot of his commentary on the Zionist project - that it is a racist, colonial project - has reemerged today as a rejoinder to the "conflict between two nations"/nationalist paradigms. At the same time, he remained pragmatic about how to deal with the Zionist threat and the establishment of Israel, even as events continued to unfold ...more