On Palestine: A brief but essential update
Insisting on describing what happened to the Palestinians in 1948 and ever since as a crime and not just as a tragedy or even a catastrophe is essential if past evils are to be rectified. The ethnic cleansing paradigm points clearly to a victim and offender and more importantly to a mechanism of reconciliation.
If you don’t have a historical perspective, understanding, and if you don’t know the facts, you accept the kind of negative depictions that the world and that Israelis have of Palestinians. It is only when you have a historical understanding that you can say, “Wait a minute, I understand where this violence comes from, I understand the source of the violence…
You need to understand how languages are means of manipulating the knowledge that is there so as to form a certain point of view and prevent another point of view from coming the space.