chapter  4
Palestinian Protest: Poetry and Prose
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LiketheBlacksinAmerica,theArabsinPalestinehave expressedatremendousthrustoffeelingintheirpoems,stories, novelsandpaintings.IsraeliDefenceMinisterMosheDayan, afterreadingonepoembytheNabluspoetess,FadwaTuqan,is saidtohaveexclaimed:"Thisisequaltotwentycommandos!" PalestinianArabartandliteratureisvirtuallyunknownto Americans,WesternEuropeansoreventomostoftheIsraelis inwhosemidstmuchofitisbeingproduced.Ironically,someof thefirstintroductionsofthisartintheWesternworldcamein 1970,astheguerrillamovementitselfbeganitsperiodofdecline intheconfrontationwithKingHussein'sarmy.