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

By Kimberly Katz, Salim Tamari

Writing in his overdue kids 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 issues of family members existence. Now translated from the Arabic, Sami's diary represents an extraordinary artefact of turbulent swap within the center East. Written over 4 years, those ruminations of a tender guy from Hebron brim with revelations approximately lifestyle opposed to a backdrop of super transition. Describing the general public and the personal, the fashionable and the conventional, Sami muses on relationships, his station in existence, and different common reports whereas sharing a number of information about a pivotal second in Palestine's glossy historical past. Making those never-before-published reflections on hand in translation, Kimberly Katz additionally presents illuminating context for Sami's phrases, laying out biographical information of Sami, who saved his diary inner most for just about sixty years. certainly one of a restricted variety of Palestinian diaries to be had to English-language readers, the diary of Sami'Amr bridges major chasms in our figuring out of center jap, and especially Palestinian, background

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There are no family documents penned by either Sāmī’s father, Saʿīd, or his grandfather Yaḥyā; email from Samīr, 10 August 2007. There are frequent references to Sāmī’s eldest son, Samīr ʿAmr (henceforth Samīr), both here and in the diary’s annotations, as he served as an important source for clarification and oral historical accounts of his father’s life. History and Historiography of the Diary |  and whose holy places became significant for Muslims. In the Hebron volume of his multivolume study of the historical geography of Palestine, Muṣṭafā Dabbāgh identifies Canaanite and Roman associations in Hebron.

Some ten years later, at about age sixteen, he completed the seventh grade and a year or so after that moved to Jerusalem to begin his working life at the age of seventeen. At this time he began writing his diary; the first entry is dated 30 April 1941. In his diary Sāmī primarily addresses issues of personal life, but while in Jerusalem, Sāmī developed a growing awareness of politics, from World War II to the conflict developing in Palestine between Arabs and Jews to office and labor politics related to his work.

His early retirement from Government service was a blessing in disguise. He went into the real estate business and made a little fortune there. Following the confrontations between the PLO and the Jordanian Govern- ment and its Army, which culminated in the so-called “Black September,” the Jordanian Government regained total control. Sāmī was asked in 1971 to rejoin the Government, back to his previous post. However, he declined the offer and remained in his new career as a real estate agent. He built his villa [in ʿAmman] .

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