We do exist: Why the Palestinian voice should take centre stage

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Palestinians stage a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners facing repression at Israeli jails, at the Masjid Al Aqsa, Jerusalem on September 10, 2021. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

At a recent New York event, the President of the Foreign Press Association Ian Williams declared, before an approving audience, that it is time "to reclaim the narrative on Palestine". This phrase – 'reclaiming the narrative' – is relatively new to the Palestinian discourse. Years ago, the concept, let alone its implementation, were quite alien: the pro-Israel crowd refused, and still refuses, to acknowledge that Palestinians, their history and political discourse matter; some in the pro-Palestinian movement relegated Palestinian voices as if they were simply incapable of articulating a coherent narrative. For many years, I, along with other Palestinian intellectuals, raged against the misrepresentation and marginalisation of Palestine and the Palestinians, not only by Israel and its allies in mainstream […]

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