Ghassan Kanfani: Biography Notes and Sources with In Class Notes

My Sources

Biased source with many facts

In Class Notes

  • IB started in Switzerland (not really related to this), Kim Jong Un was in an IB school in Switzerland, no diploma
  • Jews used to live in Israel a long time ago, said to have gone to Egypt cause of famine, Moses lead them out to Sinai and got the 10 Commandments and lived there for 40 years, then came back to Israel and established it, Jesus comes along (BC and Ad or BCE and CE), Romans came and occupied, Jews wait for Messiah, Jesus said he is and Jews said not and still waiting- difference, AD 70 Israel wiped off map and Jews moved around world- Europe, Germany, Russia, Ethiopia, etc
    • Remembered that had their own Homeland and wanted it back, needed it back, – Persecuted in Europe and Germany-1930s and 40s and used them as a Scapegoat, one solution, ship them all to Madagascar, another Ghettos, Final Solution- Extermination and Holocaust- was 6 million Jews and 4 million others
    • After AD 70 other people moved in, Muslims mostly- called it Palestine, there to near Mid 1940s, Britain in control of Palestine and said Jews could move in, Palestinians said it was theirs now as had lived there for awhile, since that time conflict, Israel has strong allies
    • Israeli army was very powerful and used American weapons
    • freedom fighters from perspective of Palestinians are heroes, from Israelis they were terrorists- Palestinians used some dirty tactics that UN doesn’t approve of
    • Palestinians lost their homes to others not to fire, all the things they had were taken away, in story the characters leave to try and get a future for their family- Kuwait very wealthy
    • In book the people die to try and get to jobs to earn money, make a better life but destroyed by it, happens in real life
    • blame falls on both sides of the coins- Palestinians and Israel
  • Kanafani born in Acre Palestine 1936, father was a lawyer- had advantages over others, father was involved in fighting with Israel, Acre taken over by other Israel army later on
  • Went to French Missionary School and University of Damascus, was involved in Pan Arab nationalism which caused him to be kicked out
  • Used Pen and Paper to fight not physically- balanced compared to other stories, writes for many different organizations
  • became more interested in Marxism in 1970, appealed to them
  • Kanafani was seen with Japanese Red Army (Communist) that killed many Israelis at airport
  • Kanafani was a pain but nothing to kill him til this and killed by a car bomb- killed him and his niece- by Israeli form of CIA- Mussa?
  • Min the Patriot went to US and Communists for help to free his country, helped by the Communists and US ended up fighting in his country

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