Program #SAIE008. Recorded in New York, NY on October 08, 1991.
Edward Said looks at various issues facing the Palestinians and the persistence of Orientalism in slightly different garb. He says of his birthplace Jerusalem, “that it has a kind of universality to it. Jerusalem is the center of the world. It has a unique status and an extraordinary exfoliating power which has been betrayed by almost every political program and, in the case of Israel, sovereignty. The Jordanians weren’t any better.” He talks about the burden of being the “designated” Arab that the media go to time after time for comment on this or that atrocity. He talks about the Yeats poem “Leda and the Swan” and how it relates to the Palestinians. Interviewed by David Barsamian.
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