By Kimberly Katz, Salim Tamari
Writing in his past due adolescents and early twenties, Sami'Amr gave his diary an apt subtitle: "The conflict of Life", encapsulating either the political weather of Palestine within the waning years of the British Mandate in addition to the contrasting joys and problems of kinfolk lifestyles. Now translated from the Arabic, Sami's diary represents an extraordinary artefact of turbulent swap within the heart East. Written over 4 years, those ruminations of a tender guy from Hebron brim with revelations approximately lifestyle opposed to a backdrop of great transition. Describing the general public and the personal, the trendy and the normal, Sami muses on relationships, his station in lifestyles, and different common reports whereas sharing various information about a pivotal second in Palestine's sleek heritage. Making those never-before-published reflections to be had in translation, Kimberly Katz additionally offers illuminating context for Sami's phrases, laying out biographical info of Sami, who stored his diary inner most for with reference to sixty years. one among a constrained variety of Palestinian diaries on hand to English-language readers, the diary of Sami'Amr bridges major chasms in our realizing of heart jap, and especially Palestinian, heritage.
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Additional resources for A Young Palestinian's Diary, 1941-1945: The Life of Sami 'Amr (Jamal and Rania Daniel Series in Contemporary History, Politics, Culture, and Religion of the Levant)
Compare ʿAwdat al-Ashhab’s account in his memoir (Chapter 1) of his completing the fifth grade in Hebron with Muṣṭafā Dabbāgh’s explanation (139) of fourth grade being the highest for pupils in Hebron, the latter likely being a simple mistake. What we know about Sāmī’s level of education matches what al-Ashhab says about his primary level. See also Tibawi, Arab Education in Mandatory Palestine, 42–43. 55. Examples include Gulliver’s Travels, Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, and Ivanhoe; Tibawi, Arab Education in Mandatory Palestine, 84.
The incident became quite politicized on both sides and led to more demonstrations and recriminations over the next year. 4 Again, it is not likely that Sāmī understood or even knew about the con- flict at age five nor of the violence that resulted from such disputes. The 1929 Wailing Wall incident did not make it into Sāmī’s diary. Only nine years old in 1933, Sāmī undoubtedly knew nothing of Hitler seizing power in Germany or of fascism’s creep across Europe that forced Jewish emigration. Many European Jewish refugees sought residence, legally and illegally, in Palestine, some of them having been refused entry into the United States or Western Europe.
Khalidi, From Haven to Conquest). Black Sea Caspian Sea R U S S I A A N A T O L I A Mosul LEBANON (French Mandate) SYRIA (French Mandate) P E R S I A Beirut Damascus Medit e r r a n e a n Sea Jerusalem Baghdad IRAQ (British Mandate) ʿAmman Hebron Suez Canal TRANSJORDAN (British Mandate) PALESTINE (British Mandate) Red Sea Basra Persian Gulf ARABIAN PENINSULA EGYPT PT2008 Map 2 - Post-WWI Mandate Systems Map 2. Post–World War I Mandate Systems. Courtesy of Paporn Thebpanya, Towson University Department of Geography.