The participants intensively discussed the new and old parallels between the ‘deal of the century’ and Western Orientalism
ORIENTALISM IN RELATION TO THE PALESTINIAN CAUSE
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM, carried out a cultural meeting to discuss the book, “Orientalism,” written by the Palestinian author, Edward Said, in light of the so-called ‘deal of the century.’ They also conversed about how the West’s dealings with the East are similar to the Americans’ dealings with the Palestinians, as well as the analysis of the orientations of American politicians and their attitudes towards the East, especially the Palestinian cause. Numerous community activists and youth within the “Access Beyond Barriers” project participated in this event at the Palestinian Child Club in Amari camp in the city of Ramallah.
ORIENTALISM AND ‘THE DEAL OF THE CENTURY’
The meeting began with the introduction of Edward Said, who presented through the book the relationship between East and West as a network of relations of power, control and resistance at the same time.
The participants discussed the new and old parallels between the ‘deal of the century’ and Western Orientalism, which includes the complete separation of the Gaza Strip from the West Bank and the introduction of economic projects at the expense of the political project.
Accordingly, they agreed on the necessity of confronting the ‘deal of the century’ by ending the division and restoring national unity.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
It is worth mentioning that this meeting comes as part of the “Access Beyond Barriers” project. It seeks to promote community participation of marginalized groups, develop public policies that are responsive to the needs of young people, especially women, strengthening cooperation between youth groups and institutions located in Area C and refugee camps. It also aims to develop the internal evidence and systems of these institutions to consolidate the principles of good governance to increase social and cultural cohesion among the various components of the society, in the context of building an inclusive Palestinian identity.