Human Rights and International Law in the Middle East
Legal Implications of Safe Passage: Reconciling a Viable Palestinian State with Israeli Security Requirements
The War on American Diplomacy: Isis, Al-Qaeda, and Taliban’s Sustained Attacks on Peaceful U.S. Missions Abroad
Israel’s Struggle Against Islamic Terrorism: Lessons from the Expulsion of Hamas Militants to Southern Lebanon
Palestinian Christians: Equal Citizens or Oppressed Minority in a Future Palestinian State
Palestinian Christians: Silent Victims of a Zero-Sum Game
Human Rights Trends in the Emerging Palestinian State: Problems Encountered by Muslim Converts to Christianity
Co-existence Without Conflict: the Implementation of Legal Structures for Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation Pursuant to the Interim Peace Agreements
The Hebron Protocol: The End of the Beginning or the Beginning of the End of the Israeli Palestinian Peace Process
Peace and Its Discontents: Israeli and Palestinians Intellectuals Who Reject the Current Peace Process
Hard Facts Meet Soft Love – The Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles and the Prospects for Peace: A Response to Katherine W. Meighan
Human Rights in Limbo During the Interim Period of the Israel-Palestinian Peace Process: Review, Analysis and Implications
Hamas' Determination to Perpetuate the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Critical Role of Hate Indoctrination
The Palestinian Boycott of Jerusalem’s Municipal Political Process: Consequences for the Level of Public Services and Infrastructure
Freedom of Speech
The Threat to Freedom of Speech about Israel: Campus Shout-Downs and the Spirit of the First Amendment
Freedom of Movement
(Jerusalem Letter/Viewpoints, No. 422, January 2000)
by Justus Weiner
Professor Edward Said (1935-2003) of Columbia University was the Western world’s foremost spokesman for the Palestinian cause. For years, the eminent intellectual told his life story as an allegory of the Palestinian people, presenting himself as a dispossessed Palestinian refugee deserving of “reparations” for what he claimed was his house in Jerusalem, from where he said his “entire” family was “ethnically cleansed.”
In 1999, Commentary Magazine published my expose “‘My Beautiful Old House’ and Other Fabrications by Edward Said,” which exposed how Said had reinvented his life story. The house in Jerusalem was in fact the home of relatives whom Said occasionally visited.
Edward Said actually grew up in Cairo, the scion of a wealthy Cairene family. His father had moved to Cairo from Jerusalem a decade before Edward was born. Until his departure to attend prep school in America in 1951, Edward Said resided with his family in exclusive Zamalek neighborhood and attended private English and American schools.
The “best-known Palestinian intellectual in the world” (as described on BBC) weaved an elaborate myth of expulsion from paradise. Edward Said was never a refugee from Palestine, but he is certainly a refugee from the truth.