Palestinian Fears

Hassan Khader, the editor of the Palestinian literary magazine Al Karmel, fears that the victory of Hamas will lead to an exodus of intellectuals from Ramallah, the cultural center of the autonomous territories. “One can imagine a scenario of mutual suspicion and enmity. The fundamentalists see our modern national culture as the decomposition of traditional values and ideology. Even the national flag is considered problematic. A leading representative of Hamas recently ventured into literary criticism and decided that from now on one should write poems and stories that will tell the future generations about the fight for their fatherland.” (as reported in the Süddeutsche Zeitung)

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