By Rashid Khalidi
This foundational textual content now includes a new creation by way of Rashid Khalidi reflecting at the value of his paintings during the last decade and its dating to the fight for Palestinian nationhood.
Khalidi additionally casts an eye fixed to the longer term, noting the power of Palestinian identification and social cohesion but considering no matter if present developments will bring about Palestinian statehood and independence.
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