Today marks the 5 year anniversary of Edward Said's passing. A true activist for peace and conflict resolution between Israel and Palestine, now more than ever his efforts must be remembered.
Said was passionately against Palestine being turned into an isolated prison wherein Israel repeatedly attacked mostly defenseless civilians with tanks and F-16s. Born in West Jerusalem in 1935. Exiled in December 1947. Said was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 1991, a malignant cancer of the bone marrow and blood. At 6:45AM on September 25, 2003, he succumbed (at age 67) after a painful courageous 12 year struggle. Tributes followed and resumed a year later. In a testimony to his teacher, Professor Moustafa Bayoumi called him "indefatigable, incorruptible, a humanist and devastatingly charming... leav(ing behind) legions of followers and fans in every corner of the world. I am lost without him... I miss him so."
Chomsky called his death an "incalculable loss." A year later, Ilan Pappe said "his absence seems to me still incomprehensible. What would have happened if we still had Edward with us in this last year... another terrible (one) for the values (he) represented and causes he defended." Tariq Ali referred to his "indomitable spirit as a fighter, his will to live, (my) long-standing friend and comrade," ... [more by Stephen Lendman]
Here are some of the articles about Edward Said published since his death:
- Remembering Edward Said by Tariq Ali in New Left Review.
- The Rootless Cosmopolitan by Tony Judt in The Nation.
- Intellectual guns fire salute to Edward Said by Waqar Gillani in The Daily Times (Pakistan).
- Edward Said: An Appreciation by Daniel Barenboim in Time.
- Said's Legacy in Mother Jones.
We are going to add to this list as we go along so if you've got any other suggested reading please comment below.