The geography of Palestine has fascinated me for many years. As I become more familiar with Arabic — particularly the Levantine dialect — I seek to examine geography, language and the not so gentle tool of propaganda with an understanding of mental maps. So I am bringing this previously published post forward from February 25th to April 5th. Palestine is a place that was declared an un-place when I was 8 months old, its persons were declared unpersons. Yet they number 6 million quite real persons — in exile or in prison.
Today we look at two nouns rooted in Palestinian history —
1948 N a K B a
1967 N a K S a
Languages based on a root system are dendritic — consider trees, rivers, fractals..
Look at the two letters in blue b (ب ) s ( س )
But now a word from our sponsor:
On the day of Nakba, 700,000 people were exiled from their ancestral homes.
Andrew Jackson’s illegal exile of the Cherokees began in 1838. Jackson may not have said
“Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it,”
but the result was still dispossession.
President Jackson drove the Cherokee Nation into an exile called The Indian Territories until they in turn became Oklahoma. Native Americans now live in rural areas served by Food Desert convenience stores — they get to stay there until a monied…
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