By Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh
17 b/w pictures, 1 map during this wealthy, evocative research, Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh examines the altering notions of sexuality, relations, and copy between Palestinians dwelling in Israel. Distinguishing itself amid the media maelstrom that has homogenized Palestinians as "terrorists," this crucial new paintings deals a posh, nuanced, and humanized depiction of a bunch rendered invisible regardless of its colossal measurement, now accounting for almost twenty percentage of Israel's inhabitants. Groundbreaking and thought-provoking, Birthing the country contextualizes the politics of copy inside modern matters affecting Palestinians, and areas those concerns opposed to the backdrop of a dominant Israeli society.
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When my husband read a draft of this introduction, he warned me that exotic-sounding details such as Salam’s mother-in-law stopping by to borrow yogurt culture might lend themselves to Orientalism. I Introduction 21 contemplated cutting these references, and especially deleting paragraphs on clan politics and wife beatings, which could be seen to conﬁrm stereotypes of Palestinian culture. Generally I resisted this urge to censor, because silence would constitute a type of recapitulation. Moreover, I was not the only one to consider the possibility of playing into Orientalist biases.
Had I attempted this research a few years earlier, my supposedly virgin ears would probably have been protected from the many lewd jokes, explicit information, and tips on contraception that I heard. 9 My translations of Arabic are another level of ﬁltration you should read into my text. When I have felt unable to translate words ac- 8. Although the United States is often condemned in the Galilee as an imperialist power that has supported Israel consistently, it is also envied as a seat of cultural, economic, and technological power.
Inasmuch as I had been married for three years and did not yet have any children, my going around asking people why and when they had babies was just begging for the questions to be turned back on me. 7 Although I had not planned to engage in this kind of reﬂexive dialogue so extensively and with so many people, I found myself doing so at their insistence. The fact that I had married an American (of Jewish and Christian background) fascinated many people, and the fact that I was still childless surprised many others.