Edward Said

Hitchens On Jewishness, Israel And Zionism

06/10/2010
Staff Writer

People seem to love author and cultural critic Christopher Hitchens for precisely the reason other people seem to hate him: he has an opinion, and a strong one, about almost everything. His new memoir, “Hitch-22,” is chock full of them, too. And when he appeared at at the 92nd Street Y on Tuesday night, in a chat with his close friend Salman Rushdie, that fact was not glossed over.

The Maestro’s A Dual Citizen

01/16/2008
Tel Aviv

For the Palestinians, it was as sweet as a flute trill. For some Israelis on the right, it was as discordant as a cymbal crash.

Either way, the Palestinian Authority’s decision last week to grant maestro Daniel Barenboim citizenship — making him probably the first Jewish dual passport holder of Israel and the PA — moved the acclaimed conductor from the culture pages to the news pages.

The Maestro’s A Dual Citizen

01/16/2008
Tel Aviv

For the Palestinians, it was as sweet as a flute trill. For some Israelis on the right, it was as discordant as a cymbal crash.

Either way, the Palestinian Authority’s decision last week to grant maestro Daniel Barenboim citizenship — making him probably the first Jewish dual passport holder of Israel and the PA — moved the acclaimed conductor from the culture pages to the news pages.

Pallin’ Around With A Terrorist’s Son

Thursday, November 6th, 2008  Ali Abunimah, editor of Electronic Intifada, is quite upset that Obama is pallin’ around with Rahm Israel Emanuel, the son of a so-called “terrorist” with Menachem Begin’s Irgun, back in the 1940s. Emanuel, of course, was Obama’s first appointment, as chief of staff.    From “Hussein” being the middle name we wondered about, Rahm’s middle name — Israel — now has every Haman in the Arab world wondering how the son of an Irgun guy is Obama’s new Mordechai.

Mapping A Controversy

01/31/2003
Staff Writer
The poster advertising the first Palestinian film festival at Columbia University seemed innocuous: a map of Israel with four white doves perched on tree branches and the numbers 1-9-4-8 running the length of the map. But in the Middle East, and on college campuses these days, little is simple or innocuous, least of all a map. On closer inspection, the map promoting last week's festival, called "Dreams of a Nation," was in the colors of the Palestinian flag: red, black and green. And there was no West Bank: all of Israel was symbolically Palestinian.

Edward Said, 67, Columbia Professor Recalled As 'Cultured' Israel Critic

10/03/2003
Staff Writer
Rabbi Charles Sheer doesn't recall many details about a program sponsored by a Jewish organization that he attended at Columbia University about 20 years ago: its date or location or theme. But he remembers that Edward Said was one of the panelists. "He said that after the Holocaust, Jews didn't have a place to go to other than their [spiritual] homeland," Rabbi Sheer recalled. "He said he understood the need for a homeland."
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