Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Quote of the day: on anger

From Amira Hass' article on the murder of Juliano Mer Khamis:
Palestinians must conquer the anger, mellow it; they must tame it, repress it, sublimate it. That's the only way to stay both alive and sane (without getting arrested, wounded or killed ) under the conditions of physical and non-physical violence dictated by Israel.
We don't expect that of many people in the world. We want to be able to express our anger when we ourselves have been wronged. We feel it's our right to be angry when it's warranted.

It reminds me how Edward Said responded to the imminent agreement which resulted in the Oslo Accords. Said suggested, "all that's being offered to the Palestinians is for them to negate themselves."

Palestinians are forced to negate themselves and we demand that they negate their anger.

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