The New Palestinians: The Emerging Generation of Leaders

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The whole world is watching as the Middle East meets at the conference table. The names and faces on the Israeli team are familiar, but who are the Palestinian negotiators and where did they come from? John and Janet Wallach, American journalists with extraordinary access and credentials, have written a thoughtful examination of this emerging generation of leaders. The Wallachs examine the complex dynamics that cause the new Palestinians to be profoundly affected by Israeli society, even as they oppose the ...
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Overview

The whole world is watching as the Middle East meets at the conference table. The names and faces on the Israeli team are familiar, but who are the Palestinian negotiators and where did they come from? John and Janet Wallach, American journalists with extraordinary access and credentials, have written a thoughtful examination of this emerging generation of leaders. The Wallachs examine the complex dynamics that cause the new Palestinians to be profoundly affected by Israeli society, even as they oppose the Israeli government. Here are the profiles of twelve Palestinians poised to inherit the leadership of a future Palestinian government. From Hanan Ashrawi, whose eloquence and credentials as a university professor have caused some to see her as the Golda Meir of the Palestinians; to Faisal Husseini, a childhood protege of Yassar Arafat and scion of one of the most elite Palestinian families; to Zahira Kamal, founder of the Women's Work Committee and a new breed of Arab woman; to Ziad Abu Zayyad, an influential Palestinian journalist - here are the ones to watch.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A more moderate, pragmatic, highly educated and genuinely representative leadership has emerged out of the intifada and is, as the authors show, in a legitimate position to negotiate on behalf of the 1.7 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Palestinians profiled here--some of whom, like Hanan Ashrawi, came into the public eye just last year during the Madrid peace conference--are regarded as probable leaders of the yet-unborn nation of Palestine. The Wallachs ( Arafat ) carefully define the varying positions of these 12 leaders toward Yasser Arafat, the father of Palestinian nationalism, and toward Israel. Included are the views of the mainstream Fatah, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the People's Party (formerly the Communist Party of Palestine), the Islamic Resistance Movement and the extremist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In these sympathetic, well-developed portraits, two major themes dominate: the Palestinians' perception of themselves as victims of hatred, discrimination and oppression, and the willingness of most of the emerging leaders to accept the existence of the Jewish state--as long as they are given the opportunity to achieve their own independence and statehood. (Dec.)
Library Journal
This book profiling 12 emerging Palestinian leaders is ``intended to bring the observer one step close toward feeling life in the occupied territories, . . . towards understanding the conviction that comes when the struggle is intensely personal.'' Inspired by the Madrid peace talks begun in October 1991, the Wallachs present the spokesmen for the new generation, a generation of well-educated secular leaders ready to recognize Israel if they have the opportunity to build their own state. They introduce Palestinians with a variety of views--mainstream, leftist, militant, religous, feminist. The Wallachs are convinced that this is a crucial time for Palestinians and for Israel's future, but their argument is strongest on the personal and emotional level; they will not convince the skeptical without better analysis or documentation. This could be a useful acquisition for libraries, but only to supplement more solid discussions.-- Eliza beth R. Hayford, Associated Colls. of the Midwest, Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559582155
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/15/1992
  • Pages: 368

Table of Contents

Preface
Hanan Mikhail Ashrawi 1
Faisal Husseini 41
Sari Nusseibeh 82
Zahira Kamal 101
Ziad Abu Zayyad 121
Sami Kilani 140
Mamdouh Aker 164
Sameh Kanaan 185
Abdul Aziz Rantisi 200
Riad Maliki 225
Ghassan Khatib 246
Radwan Abu Ayash 269
Conclusion 293
Glossary 311
Documents 315
Index 337
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