By Kimberly Katz, Salim Tamari
Writing in his overdue youth and early twenties, Sami'Amr gave his diary an apt subtitle: ''The conflict of Life'', encapsulating either the political weather of Palestine within the waning years of the British Mandate in addition to the contrasting joys and problems of kin existence. Now translated from the Arabic, Sami's diary represents an extraordinary artefact of turbulent switch within the center East. Written over 4 years, those ruminations of a tender guy from Hebron brim with revelations approximately everyday life opposed to a backdrop of great transition. Describing the general public and the personal, the fashionable and the normal, Sami muses on relationships, his station in existence, and different common reports whereas sharing a variety of information about a pivotal second in Palestine's sleek historical past. Making those never-before-published reflections on hand in translation, Kimberly Katz additionally offers illuminating context for Sami's phrases, laying out biographical info of Sami, who saved his diary inner most for on the subject of sixty years. considered one of a restricted variety of Palestinian diaries on hand to English-language readers, the diary of Sami'Amr bridges major chasms in our realizing of heart jap, and especially Palestinian, historical past
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Extra resources for A Young Palestinian's Diary, 1941-1945: The Life of Sami 'Amr
22 Sāmī built the house in Hebron in a most defiant manner, aware of 22. Sāmī and Suhayla’s children’s names and birth years are as follows: Samīr (1948), Amāl (1950), Samīra (1953), Zuhayr (1956), Fayrūz (1960), Rīm (1962), Ibrāhīm (1966). 14 | A Young Palestinian’s Diary Figure 1. Sāmī and family at his home in Hebron, circa 1949. Courtesy of Samīr ʿAmr. the problems in the country. 23 His family was not permitted to return to their Hebron home after Israel’s capture of the West Bank in 1967.
Other such accounts, along with support for British policies, can be found in his bibliography. 36. Palestinian memoirs and oral histories listed in the bibliography confirm that others anticipated the Zionist takeover that British policies fostered. 37. Some, like ʿAwdat al-Ashhab, got their political education in prison. Sāmī never served in prison, but it is possible that when Sāmī worked in the military camp near Ramla he met and talked with prisoners there about various subjects including politics.
18 In an Arab family unit, a child is considered orphaned when his or her father, the male head of the family, the breadwinner, dies. In this patriarchal society, Arab Christians and Muslims see the fatherless child as no longer having a protector and provider, something Sāmī clearly felt and expressed in his diary. The religion of Islam encourages generosity and kindness to orphans so that children who have lost their fathers and perhaps their mothers do not sink into poverty. While not impoverished, as the family had owned land and shops, it is clear that this branch of the ʿAmr family suffered hard times from 1929 onward with the death of Sāmī’s father.