Interviews og artikler / Interviews and articles
Al-Ahram Weekly Online
Tania Tamari Nasir: No ordinary concert (Issue 654, 4 September 2003)
“Last week the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the musical group set up by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said, played at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Tania Tamari Nasir tells the story of two powerful experiences in Jerusalem and Birzeit, the backdrop to this unique project where Arab and Israeli musicians play together, transcending conflict and war, extending a hand for peace.”
Uvidenhed gør mest ondt. Af Susanne Bernth (Berlingske 24. oktober 2001 – opdateret 26. februar 2003)
“‘Vi må nedbryde de abstrakte måder at opfatte verden på og erstatte dem med menneskelig fornuft,’ siger Edward W. Said, palæstinenser af fødsel og anset litteraturprofessor i USA. Han har viet sit liv til kampen mod intellektuel ladhed og fordomme, som han mener har fået ny næring efter den fatale 11. september. I tiden efter har han vendt ryggen til de store amerikanske medier, fordi han nægter at spille rollen som ‘den retskafne araber'”.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen: Edward Said – en intellektuel kosmopolit (2. oktober 2003)
“Den palæstinensisk-amerikanske forfatter, som døde af leukæmi 25. september, må betragtes som en af de vigtigste intellektuelle i verden i de sidste to tiår af det 20. århundrede.”
Stine Carsten Kendal: USA”˜s politik er uovervejet (27. oktober 2001)
“Den palæstinensisk-amerikanske litteraturprofessor Edward Said mener, at den nuværende krig i Afghanistan er uovervejet. Der skal ske afgørende ændringer i Vestens politik overfor den arabiske verden, siger han.”
Den stundesløse. Interview ved Anne Mette Lundtofte (1. januar 2000)
“Trods travl beskæftigelse og en god bopæl i New York føler litteraten Edward Said sig forpligtet på hjemløshed. Både hans liv og intellektuelle værk viser en verden i vedvarende opbrud.”
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Wikipedia, Edward Said:
On 3 July 2000, whilst touring the Middle East with his son, Wadie, the Columbia University professor Edward Said was photographed throwing a stone across the Blue Line Lebanese–Israel border, which image elicited much political criticism about his action demonstrating an inherent, personal sympathy with terrorism; and, in Commentary magazine, the journalist Edward Alexander labelled Said as The Professor of Terror, for aggression against Israel. Said explained the stone-throwing as a two-fold action, personal and political; a man-to-man contest-of-skill, between a father and his son, and an Arab Man’s gesture of joy at the end of the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon (1985–2000):
For throwing a stone at an Israeli guardhouse across the Blue Line Lebanese–Israeli border, Edward Said became “The Professor of Terror” in 2000.
It was a pebble; there was nobody there. The guardhouse was at least half a mile away.
”””‰“A Stone’s Throw is a Freudian Slip” (NYT, 10 March 2001)
Despite having denied that he aimed the stone at an Israeli guardhouse, the Beirut newspaper As-Safir (The Ambassador) reported that a Lebanese local resident reported that Prof. Said was at less than ten metres (ca. 30 ft.) distance from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers manning the two-storey guardhouse, when Said aimed and threw the stone over the border fence; the stone’s projectile path was thwarted when it struck the barbed wire atop the border fence. Nonetheless, in the U.S., despite a political fracas by right-wing students at Columbia University and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith International (Sons of the Covenant), the university provost published a five-page letter defending Prof. Said’s action as an academic’s freedom of expression:
To my knowledge, the stone was directed at no-one; no law was broken; no indictment was made; no criminal or civil action has been taken against Professor SaÃ¯d.
”””‰“Columbia Debates a Professor’s ”˜Gesture’ ” (NYT, 19 October 2000)
Nevertheless, Said endured political repercussions, such as the cancellation of an invitation to give a lecture to the Freud Society, in Austria, in February 2001. The President of the Freud Society justified withdrawing the invitation by explaining to Said that “the political situation in the Middle East, and its consequences” had rendered an accusation of anti-Semitism a very serious matter, and that any such accusation “has become more dangerous” in the politics of Austria; thus, the Freud Society cancelled their invitation to Said in order to “to avoid an internal clash” of opinions, about him, that might ideologically divide the Freud Society. In Culture and Resistance: Conversations with Edward SaÃ¯d (2003), Said likened his political situation to the situation that Noam Chomsky has perdured as a public intellectual: