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26th September 2003
32 County Sovereignty Movement (International Dept)

Palestinian Activist and Author Dies after Long Illness

It is with deep sadness and regret that the 32csm International Department learns of the death from a long battle with leukemia of Edward Said - one of the most tireless and courageous Palestinian activists of this era.

His vast works including the classic study of colonial legacy 'Orientalism', and of course his seminal collection of critical essays on the Palestinian peace process entitled 'Peace and its Discontents' have been an amazing inspiration to those involved in the international struggle over the years. His sheer energy and drive, coupled with a burning sense of injustice, propelled him at times into the world stage where he was able through both wit and wisdom to confront the enemies of the Palestinian people along with those who through personal ambition sought to usurp their noble struggle from within.

Although we have lost a great man before his time his words, deeds and spirit will carry on to imbibe current and future generations with the same unrelenting lust for freedom that he so well embodied.

25 September 2003
Irish Republican Socialist Party

IRSP Mourn the Death of Edward Said

It was with great sadness that the Irish Republican Socialist Party heard of the death of Edward Said, professor, author, and tireless champion of the Palestinian intifada.

Edward Said made significant contributions to a number of fields of intellectual inquiry, but reached beyond the world of academia in a manner which few accomplish. Edward Said helped transform the social sciences, especially those focused on the Arab world, but he was also an activist who ceaselessly championed the cause of justice and tirelessly sought to bring clarity and truth regarding the struggle of the Palestinian people and the Arab nation to the world.

Edward Said was among the most effective voices for bringing to light the reality of the Palestinian cause in the West through his newspaper columns, scholarly essays, books, and interviews. Said made errors in his time, as all men do, but his works were important for helping to humanise the reality of the Palestinian struggle and for adding the credibility that is bestowed by the work of a genuine scholars. His voice and intellect will be missed.






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Other Articles From This Issue:


Edward Said, 1935-2003
Liam O Ruairc


Civil Rights Anniversary
Fionnbarra Ó Dochartaigh


Nothing But Contempt for the Court of the Rich
Anthony McIntyre


Ireland and Post Colonial Theory
Liam O Ruairc


2 Statements on the death of Edward Said


The Letters Page has been updated.


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Over the Hills and Far Away
Anthony McIntyre


Glory O Glory O
Kathleen O Halloran


Beware the Trap Door
Eamon Sweeney


Massacre at the Monbar
Anthony McIntyre


The Night de Valera Replied to Churchill
Mick Hall


Junk Science? The Courts, the Media and the MMR Vaccine
John Harrington


Conscience or Complicity
Mary La Rosa




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