A Young Palestinian's Diary, 1941-1945: The Life of Sami by Kimberly Katz, Salim Tamari

By Kimberly Katz, Salim Tamari

Writing in his past due young people 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 swap within the heart East. Written over 4 years, those ruminations of a tender guy from Hebron brim with revelations approximately lifestyle opposed to a backdrop of great transition. Describing the general public and the personal, the fashionable and the conventional, Sami muses on relationships, his station in existence, and different common stories whereas sharing a variety of information about a pivotal second in Palestine's sleek background. Making those never-before-published reflections on hand in translation, Kimberly Katz additionally presents illuminating context for Sami's phrases, laying out biographical info of Sami, who saved his diary deepest for just about sixty years. certainly one of a restricted variety of Palestinian diaries on hand to English-language readers, the diary of Sami'Amr bridges major chasms in our knowing of center japanese, and especially Palestinian, background.

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33 By 1939, exacerbated by war ceded that Britain did not have the right to give Palestine away as happened through Jewish settlement during the mandate period based on the Balfour Declaration. 33. v. “Pales- 20 | A Young Palestinian’s Diary in Europe, the British were in no position to rectify the historical situation. World War I promises and postwar settlements ultimately allowed for the Jewish takeover of much of Palestine in 1948 upon the British departure and the concomitant expulsion of hundreds of thousands of indigenous Arabs.

See also Abu-Bakr, Qaḍaʾ al-Khalīl, 1864–1917. 15 Sāmī and his mother continued to live in the city of Hebron until he was seventeen years old. Sāmī’s half-sister, two full sisters, and oldest brother, Asʿad, had married by then and left the family home. His brother Saʿdī, who never married, seems to have moved to Jerusalem already for work, and Sāmī followed him there. Colonial conditions across the globe, wartime exigencies, and slowly accel- erating industrialization all fostered economic instability in traditional economies that depended on agriculture.

History and Historiography of the Diary | 13 Sāmī rose to the position of chief clerk in the Hebron office in 1958. In 1960, he was transferred to the Jordanian ministry in ʿAmman and became chief clerk of the entire Ministry of Interior in ʿAmman in 1963 or 1964. In an email dated 22 January 2006 Samīr relates the following about the family’s history during that period: My father was groomed to have a good administrative position at the Ministry of Interior. In 1964, he was sent to the American University of Beirut (AUB) for one full year to study government and administration, and obtained a diploma.

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