Palestine and Identity

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President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has repeatedly declared his intentions to seek full recognition of Palestine as a member state in the United Nations this September. The proposed state includes the areas commonly known in English as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Recognition of Palestine is a contentious issue, with far-ranging implications for Palestinians, Israelis, and the negotiations between the two governmental entities on the final borders of the respective states.

But what makes up Palestinian national identity? A term which once indicated geographic origin has grown to encompass a range of political and cultural beliefs.

September's episode of Diwaniyya will feature a range of experts tracing the history of Palestinian identity, the political process leading to the UN vote, and the implications of the recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Toyotas of War

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