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Title: Palestine: The nomadic condition
Authors: Al-Shaikh, Abdul‐Rahim 
Keywords: Palestinian art;Palestine - Culture
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Third Text
Abstract: Throughout the modern history of Palestine, every Kafkaesque event that Palestinians have endured is the result of the Nakba of 1948, the nightmare of the Palestinians and the beginning of their ceaseless search for a dream that would bring it to an end. Upon the establishment of the state of Israel on 14 May 1948, after the termination of the two-decade long British Mandate over Palestine, an entire nation became subject to some of the harshest colonial conditions ever imposed. This archetypal colonial alteration of colonialism represented the threshold of a longstanding amalgamation between the Euro-American colonial enterprise and Zionism. Since then, the idea of America and the idea of Israel have merged to form the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) hegemony that realised the Zionist myth by invading the land, replacing its aboriginals with immigrant settlers and constructing a fabricated history and culture forcefully to replace that of the natives.1 The systematic ethnic cleansing and expulsion of more than half of the Palestinian population from historic Palestine then added a permanent exilic condition to the Palestinian plight that metamorphosed into a nomadic condition. The wisdom of Aristophanes, stinging the prey to death to take the life of the wasp, has coloured every aspect of Palestinian life under Israeli occupation with fear and uncertainty for more than sixty-one years. Palestinian art certainly was no exception. Art underwent the same struggle, faced the same challenges, witnessed the varied conditions of the Palestinian plight, but, most importantly, it managed to avoid eradication as a significant component of Palestinian culture.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11889/7739
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