In Modern Barbarism, an article he published on his personal blog, Idan Landau, Israeli linguistics professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Bir Saba’ city, argues that modern “barbarianism/savagery is the old one, but without shame!” Landau presents particularly recent models, which

illustrate the features of this “modern barbarianism”. Landau asserts that the “swamp of occupation puts off an appearance and puts on another. It has been here for many years. We are so immersed in it that it is so difficult for us to see the changes taking place from within. We should stand back, as much as much as we can, so that the vision becomes clearer.”

This is because the “Israelis have stopped to see or hear anything there. It can be said that they have been affected by relative deafness or blindness with regard to the Palestinian territory and occupation. It is a type of acquired physical, internalised and deep-rooted darkness.” In Israel, those who insist on attempting to reveal or make heard what is going on there (the Palestinian territory) “run into a high wall of deliberate and definitive lack of knowledge.”

According to Landau, beyond doubt, the “occupation now puts on a more brutal appearance.” However, “it is a little more [brutal].” This is a constant and continuous process” “Every time, just a little more!” Therefore, unlike the situation 20 or 30 years ago, it really becomes very difficult to “see the difference from one day to another!”

Saturday, March 23, 2019

MADAR CENTER

The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.

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