Exile In Israel

1349 Words6 Pages
“Exile is a series of portraits without names, without contexts.(Said, P.12).” To be in exile is to be banished from one’s native country. The Palestinians were in complete exile and many still are today. More and more Israelis moved into what was formerly a Palestinian nation. The Jews moved into Israel to flee from Germany and surrounding areas. The only problem was that the Palestinians were already there and someone had to go, so the Israelis kicked the Palestinians out. The Palestinians had nowhere to go and they were forced into refugee camps. They were in exile because they were put out of the country that was their own. The Palestinians were displaced not only from their houses, but also from what they called home. Said’s text could…show more content…
(Said, P.16).” How could you maintain yourself when you are thrown out of the place that made you yourself. Imagine being thrown out of your country, out of touch with everyone and everything you grew up with. Out of touch with, essentially, yourself. You can’t be yourself when you do not know how to. The Palestinians in exile didn’t know how to be themselves because they were not in the place where they were themselves. They were in a completely new and foreign place. You are not who you once were and you are a completely different person. You are not the same joyful person you once were; now you’re a sad, lonely individual. Said tells us about life in exile and how difficult it is to live. He shows us through the pictures that tell stories of their own. The pictures show how they lived and how life in general was just difficult. His text is an autoethnographic text that Pratt explains as “a text in which people undertake to describe themselves in ways that engage with representations others have made of them.” (P. 319). His autoethnographic text about life in Palestine shows us how hard it is to live a normal healthy life. Your identity is difficult to maintain in…show more content…
The picture on page 22 shows a toddler in his “home” as a refugee. This is the only thing he has to call a home, but we all know this is not a home. A home is someplace you stay in and you are comfortable in that place. In a home, you laugh and share great moments with your family. A home doesn’t have to be extravagant, expensive, or big and nice, but a home makes you comfortable and it is suitable enough for a person. The tent that the child is in barely even fits him let alone his whole family. This image of the way they live shows how they were treated as nobodies, like they weren’t even there. The Israelis label them as not important. “Who are the Palestinians? Non-Jews. Terrorist. Troublemakers. DPs. Refugees. Names on a card. Numbers on a list.” (Said, P.26). This quote tells us that they were seen as worthless because they are “Non-Jews” and if you are a Non-Jew you are not important. To the Jews, who are the dominant discourse, you are not necessary to the world. They don’t only see a select group of Palestinians as terrorist and Non-Jews, but they see every Palestinian this way. “I heard it said in Lebanon that Palestinian children in particular should be killed because each of them is a potential terrorist. Kill them before they kill you. (Said, P.25).” The Israelis have no pity towards the Palestinians and they have no remorse for their actions. This goes back to the Palestinians being labeled as
Get Access