Walid Saif: Palestinians are more committed to their rights, and aggression has reinforced the centrality of the issue

Palestinian academic and playwright Walid Saif believes that modern means of communication have “contributed greatly to breaking down the barriers of the Zionist media and Zionists, reaching a broader base that was hidden from facts and Palestinian narratives, and misleading Was ruled by stereotypes.” ,

Critic and writer – considered one of the foremost writers of historical drama in the Arab world with his magnum opus “The Palestinian Westernization,” “Omar,” “Al-Khansa,” “Salah al-Din,” Rabi of Cordoba'', ''Saqr Quraysh'' and others believe that the modern communication revolution has broken the barrier of official monopoly on media and narratives, but in their opinion, we need to replace this with ''popular institutional “Change must be built on work.”

In his interview with Al Jazeera Net, Saif rejects the comparison between historical blogging and literary blogging, but at the same time he believes that if a literary text rises to the desired global level, its impact is deeper and more lasting. Happens, then dialogue:

  • Does the Al-Aqsa operation represent a continuation of the Nakba and the isolation of Palestine or a change in its course, and how do you read the future of the Palestinian issue?

Since the Nakba, the Palestinian cause has faced many ups and downs at the political and military levels, but it is certain that the Palestinian people as a whole have not forgotten their cause and their struggle, as the leaders of the Zionist movement Said. And the relentless moral and practical rejection of all efforts aimed at destroying reason and erasing identity has not stopped.

Rather, they are now, 75 years after the Nakba, more committed to their legitimate national rights and more willing to sacrifice and fight for them and develop the tools of struggle and resistance.

The second constant, on the other hand, is the rise of Zionist violence and extremism in political trends. The Palestinian response is in line with the escalating Zionist challenge.

The third constant is official Western colonial complicity and unconditional strategic support for the Zionist entity.

The fourth constant is continued official Arab impotence, which ranges between inaction and complicity. However, the recent barbaric invasion of Gaza has brought about an unprecedented change in the level of international popular sympathy for Palestinian national rights, and this may have extended to some officialdom. Bodies that have realized that aggressive Zionist policies have a high cost. on the international community, and together on regional and international security.

It also greatly contributed to breaking the biased Western media monopoly on the Zionist narrative, thereby expanding public awareness of the facts of the issue and the grave injustices suffered by the Palestinian people over 75 years and current events. In their longer historical context.

Furthermore, this barbaric and brutal aggression has returned the issue to its central position regionally and internationally, and these are all real benefits that should not be underestimated.

If we invest and develop it well, it can bring positive changes in the interest of this cause. In the light of these views and readings, despite minor ups and downs, there is only one way forward on this issue, and that is the way that leads to achieving justice and national and human rights for the Palestinian people.

  • What caused the Palestinian novel to break the barriers of containment and danger in Arabia and the West? Is this because the Palestinians were victims of global control or because they are resistant to it?

There is no doubt that modern means of communication have made a huge contribution to breaking down the barriers of the Zionist media and Zionists. It reached a broad base that was hidden from facts and the Palestinian narrative, and governed by misleading stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims in general and about the Palestinian people and their cause in particular.

In my opinion, the resulting picture really ties together the suffering of the victims and the tenacity of resistance in the face of the worst forms of Zionist violence. What makes people make all these costly sacrifices other than siege and injustice that leaves them no choice but to resist: freedom, or death? Man, by nature, does not explode into resistance and sacrifice in the way that the world has seen, except when he realizes that he has nothing left to lose.

  • There is an Arab popular obsession with the symbolism of the Al-Aqsa flood, which matches government movements in the West before the Arab world against this obsession and proliferation. Can security and media control make people forget the Al-Aqsa flood and its effects?

As I mentioned earlier, the modern communication revolution has broken the barrier of official monopoly on media and narratives, but in my opinion, we must advance this change with popular institutional actions that transcend the boundaries of society and accelerate Maintain it. popular support and developing it into an effective political force that exerts pressure on the official institution as it grows. Awareness that Zionist policies also threaten the strategic and security interests of the entire world, and that the West itself pays a significant part of its material, political and security costs. In any case, the struggle of the Palestinian people since the Nakba is enough to ignite the memory so that the world will not forget until we forget, and we will not forget.

  • What has caught your attention so far about the flood process that you think should be written about and preserved?

All this encourages thinking, contemplation, activity, conversation and writing on emotional, humanitarian, political and even philosophical levels. The situation does not permit reviewing them all here, but one of the important matters related to the topic is to raise awareness and think about the totality of Western civilization and its different approaches, and the violent tendencies involved in it. The conflict between declared universal humanitarian principles and values ​​and practical practices, and the idea of ​​Western centrism that sees the other as less governed. The humanity of the white European man.

Whereas these were philosophical intellectual questions limited to the cultural and intellectual elite, the scope for thinking about, criticizing and deconstructing them has now expanded. This has caused embarrassment to a large section of the neoliberal class in our Arab world, who are Westernists who have captured the Western center and who promote its subordination and the embodiment of their social culture as a condition for progress. Are.

If current events have expanded awareness of the Palestinian issue and the rights of its people, they have also expanded awareness of Western colonial reality, its discourses, and the conditional relationship between it and the Zionist entity of which it is a Sees as an extension. It occupies an isolated civilizational space accused of backwardness, terrorism and hostility to Western civilizational values, which the Western center holds to be of absolute universal value. On the other hand, recent events have also highlighted the conditional relationship between the demand for Palestinian liberation and The demand for Arab liberation and advancement, and thus the idea of ​​the Arab-Islamic depth of the Palestinian issue, has been re-established as the central issue on which other Arab demands are united.

I repeat here what I said in more than one place, occasion and text: the oppressors were always the police of the invaders, and the one who tied the hands of the Palestinian people during the Nakba and thereafter, is the same one who has tied the hands of the Arabs, and has been tying them since then Have continued. This is not an abstract intellectual slogan, but a fact confirmed by history. The issue of Arabs and modern history in the era of direct colonialism and beyond, but it should be noted that the West is not a single entity. On its side are intellectual elites and popular forces who are in favor of human rights and are true allies of the oppressed, oppressed and marginalized people inside and outside their societies. We must not move away from Western positions. Official and public relations have so far given rise to the idea of ​​a clash of civilizations, an idea that the official West is working on to conceal the legal aspects of the conflict.

  • If you had to write a script for a Western film about what happened during the months of the Al-Aqsa flood, what message would you send to Western audiences? Which eyes are more influential and enduring in telling what happened: the eye of the historian or the eye of the writer?

The Palestinian issue is an inexhaustible source of literary and dramatic works in which sophisticated treatment can move from the specific situational to the general humanitarian, touching on the human condition in different places and times. This is a distinctive feature of art and literature, and I cannot choose specific ones. In literature and art, dimensions and aspects of deep emotionality touching human conscience, intellectual, political and historical are interconnected and at the center of it is man himself.

As far as comparison between historical blogging and literary blogging is concerned, I do not consider it appropriate. Each has its own conditions, goals and tasks, even if they are intertwined in many aspects, but I can say that if a literary text reaches the desired global level, it has a deeper and more lasting impact , and addresses a broad base of recipients. , It addresses the mind, conscience and artistic taste simultaneously, and is more capable of involving the recipient in his or her inner world. This will transform dry historical material into personal human material.

The history of conflicts is not just history, numbers and ordinary events, but it translates into human tragedies, human beings in flesh and blood, dreams, hopes, pain, existential questions and different reactions between despair, hope, return and . Resistance, and all these can come together in the biography of the same person.

  • Will you be showing theatrical works during the upcoming Ramadan or the following month?

I have finished writing a dramatic text, and am now working on another text which, God willing, will be a much larger historical work. I hope to work on implementing them so that they can be presented during Ramadan next year.

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