Contemporary Third World Thought Lecture Series 2-1: Anaheed Al-Hardan

  • 2016-05-24
  • Hui-Yu Tang

Topic:The history of British/Zionist colonialism in Palestine, and why Palestine became the “post-colonial colony” in an era of decolonization
Speaker:Anaheed Al-Hardan (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)
Time:2016.4.12 14:00-17:00
Venue:Room 106A, HA Building II, NCTU, Taiwan

As the first of 4 lectures, Prof. Al-Hardan first clarify the main theme of her talks, that the problem with Palestine is that there are people who call themselves as Palestinians, who claim to come from a place that did exist, and then it ceased to exist, at the time when most formerly colonized people were getting independence. This is one of the ironies of modern Palestinian history, and that's also part of the problem. In this lecture, Prof. Al-Hardan talked about how does this happen by giving us an overview of the history of British and Zionist colonialism in Palestine before 1948, focusing on three main issues: 1) how Zionism came into being in Europe, as a result of European Jewish problem, and it’s features and relation with Europe and North America settler colonialism; 2) what are the geo-political conditions developed in the Arabic area, with relation to the European forces, where Palestine was located that enabled or in complicit with the establishment of the state of Israel on Palestine in 1948, when Palestine ceased to exist as Palestine—an ongoing catastrophe to the latter, and 3) the 1948 catastrophe, with the experience of forced displacement quintessential to it, together with massacres, destructions of homeland and so on, from the Palestinian point of view as counter-narrative to the main stream Western/Israeli ones.

(The articles were originally published on the Inter-Asia School website)

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