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Post Palestine and Pan-Arabism; A Correction
Created by John Eipper on 06/02/21 3:24 AM

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Palestine and Pan-Arabism; A Correction (Edward Jajko, USA, 06/02/21 3:24 am)

Oh, the perils of pedantic pontificating. Not that Luciano Dondero was the pontifex pedant; I was.

In my previous "so-there!" response to Luciano, I got myself so concentrated on explaining the Palestinian-ness (Philistinism?) of the organizations set up by Arafat, Habash, and Hawatmeh, that I lost sight of their earlier organizations which were, indeed, "Arab."

For example, Jurj Habash established the Arab Nationalist Movement, حركة القوميين العزب - Harakat al-Qawmiyin al-‘Arab, literally The Movement of the Nationalists the Arabs. But in my defense, I will add that the ANM was a) engaged in the Palestinian Arab cause, and b) was a part of and one of the last gasps of the Pan-Arabism that arose in the 19th century and seems to have sputtered out in recent decades. Pan-Arabism was the cause par excellence of innumerable Arab intellectuals, politicians, philosophers, writers, etc., for years. To name a cause or group "Arab" was logical; whom else were they appealing to?

I find no evidence that Arafat established an "Arab" organization. It was Fatah from the beginning.

JE comments:  Ed, your scholarly integrity is an example to us all!  Appreciate the clarification.  While we're on the topic of Arab unity, your studies in Cairo (late 1960s) coincided with the "Rump UAR" period of Egyptian history, when Egypt was the only republic remaining in the union.  Did Egyptians at the time still believe in "Nasser's Dream" of a single Arab state?

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