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The Indians of Palestine
: The Indians of PalestineBy
: Gilles Deleuze Elias Sanbar Published in
: MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies
, volume 1Date of issue
: May 2001Topic(s) addressed
Commentary (by JB) Abstract
This article first appeared in Discourses, 20.3, Fall 1998, pp. 25-29. 1998 © Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan 48201-1309.
Many articles in the Revue dí…tudes Palestiniennes recall and analyze in a new way the procedures by which the Palestinians have been driven out of their territories. This is very important because the Palestinians are not in the situation of colonized peoples but of evacuees, of people driven out. You insist, in the book youíre writing, on the comparison with the American Indians. There are two very different movements within capitalism. Now itís a matter of taking a people on their own territory and making them work, exploiting them, in order to accumulate a surplus: thatís whatís ordinarily called a colony. Now, on the contrary, itís a matter of emptying a territory of its people in order to make a leap forward, even if it means making them into a workforce elsewhere. The history of Zionism and Israel, like that of America, happened that second way: how to make an empty space, how to throw out a people?
In an interview, Yasser Arafat marks the limit of this comparison, and this limit also forms the horizon of the Revue dí…tudes Palestiniennes: there is an Arab world, while the American Indians had at their disposal no base or force outside of the territory from which they were expelled.