A Young Palestinian's Diary, 1941-1945: The Life of Sami by Kimberly Katz, Salim Tamari

By Kimberly Katz, Salim Tamari

Writing in his overdue teenagers and early twenties, Sami'Amr gave his diary an apt subtitle: "The conflict of Life", encapsulating either the political weather of Palestine within the waning years of the British Mandate in addition to the contrasting joys and issues of relations existence. Now translated from the Arabic, Sami's diary represents an extraordinary artefact of turbulent swap within the center East. Written over 4 years, those ruminations of a tender guy from Hebron brim with revelations approximately way of life opposed to a backdrop of large transition. Describing the general public and the personal, the trendy and the conventional, Sami muses on relationships, his station in lifestyles, and different common reports whereas sharing a number of information about a pivotal second in Palestine's glossy background. Making those never-before-published reflections to be had in translation, Kimberly Katz additionally presents illuminating context for Sami's phrases, laying out biographical info of Sami, who stored his diary inner most for just about sixty years. considered one of a restricted variety of Palestinian diaries on hand to English-language readers, the diary of Sami'Amr bridges major chasms in our knowing of heart japanese, and especially Palestinian, background.

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However, he declined the offer and remained in his new career as a real estate agent. He built his villa [in ʿAmman] . . and built the building where I have an apartment and where my sisters, my brother Zuhayr, and my mother live now. He gave each one of us an apartment and kept one for himself, which is used by my mother now. ] The regional conflict would again penetrate the life of Sāmī’s family, limit- ing his choice of home and work. 22 Sāmī built the house in Hebron in a most defiant manner, aware of 22.

Courtesy of Samīr ʿAmr. the problems in the country. 23 His family was not permitted to return to their Hebron home after Israel’s capture of the West Bank in 1967. 24 British Rule in Palestine, 1917–1948 Colonial Rule, Jewish Immigration, and Palestinian Resistance The British Mandate period marks Britain’s determination to solidify its geo- political interests in the Mediterranean and Red Seas. While in the diary Sāmī does not define the origins of his family’s hardships in Palestine’s colonial context, the promises, agreements, and military and diplomatic maneuvers that occurred prior to Sāmī’s birth crystallized during the mandate period and 23.

Struggling to further his education, Sāmī evidenced a consciousness that without educational opportunities Palestinians faced challenges of advancing in society. Educational policy affected rural policy, both of which stemmed from decisions about colonial policy that ultimately sought to limit nationalist sentiments and ideology among Palestinians who might challenge British rule in the country and the Jewish national home project facilitated by the British. While the curriculum had clearly moved in a secular direction under Brit- ish rule, some aspects of a more traditional education remained, including, importantly, absorbing the Muslim religious schools into the Department of Education.

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